Interview with Jeremy Gilet ahead of Contenders 32

Jeremy Gilet 0-0-1 is a French professional Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Lightweight division. He has competed solely for Contenders across his amateur career.

 

I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Jeremy, and also to congratulate you on your recent fight announcement for the Contenders 32 card.

 

I hope training camp has been going well in the build-up to your return to the cage?

 

“Thank you for taking the time to give me this interview, it makes me very happy. The training camp is going really well now, I feel very fit and thanks to my team (Woirin mma) I will be at my best for the fight on April 2 and I can’t wait to show my evolution.”

 

This will be your 2nd step on your amateur journey, as well as your 2nd outing with the Norwich based organisation. How did you feel when you got the call to take the walk down to the Contenders cage yet again?

 

“I was honoured to have been contacted to be able to fight again at Contenders because I really appreciated the respect given to the fighters by the organization. And the atmosphere of the English public who are great fans of this sport. It makes you want to surpass yourself and give your best.”

 

The last fight fans got to witness you in action was back in February 2020, at Contenders 29. Despite a valiant effort by both you and Joseph Alexander-Lubbock on the night, the bout ended in a very uncommon way. Judge’s in were in awe of both of your performances that it was deemed a draw at Epic Studios in Norwich. Having 2 years to reflect on your bout with Joseph, what did you take from that bout?

 

“Yes, the fight with Joseph was very close, I appreciated this opposition. Despite an illegal blow on my part which cost me a penalty point, I think I dominated this fight well. Knowing that I weighed 71kg because I was warned barely a week before the fight on short notice and that I was preparing for a fight at 66kg at the base. Since this fight, I have evolved a lot and I have learned from my mistakes.”

 

Looking forward to your next step on your amateur, you are set to enter the Contenders cage yet again. Taking on Ali Ortac on Contenders return to the capital and to what’s bound to be a sold-out Crystal Palace national sports centre April 2nd. While sharpening your tools during fight camp, have you had the opportunity to do some research on your opponent leading up to your meeting?

 

“I’m really looking forward to fighting in London because it’s a city that I love very much, I feel that the public is going to be on fire. In regards to my opponent, I only saw that he had two fights. But apart from that, I prefer to focus on myself and do my job without worrying about what he will bring. because I train really tough and I have confidence in my fighting style. May the best man win, I only have respect for him.”

 

Without giving too much away what steps have you been taking to make sure you walk out with your 1st W on your record on your return to the cage?

 

“I have evolved a lot since my last fight, I have a totally different style now. The preparation for this fight was much more serious than my last outing so it should be a great show from me.”

 

The fans of London will be looking forward to what Contenders will be bringing back to the capital. I was lucky enough to have been in attendance on their 1st trip. And, as well as myself, the fans have been counting the days for their imminent return. Many warriors are set to take centre stage on what’s going to be one of the biggest events in the UK to date. Other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?

 

“I only saw that there was a Frenchman in the main event, so I wish him all the success and a big fight. But apart from that, I don’t really have a fight in mind. I stay focused on my performance only.”

 

Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?

 

“I would like to say thank you to the fans for being there to encourage all the fighters because we train super hard to give you a show. And thank you to the Contenders organization for giving me my chance and to all my team, my family and my friends for the daily support that makes me want to surpass myself at each training session. This is only the beginning of my story, I intend to make an impression. And thank you very much for this interview, it makes me very happy despite the language barrier. Thank you for adapting. It’s super nice.”

 

Image by Brett King

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