Wiman: 'I'm in the best shape ever!'
Interview by David L. Hudson, Jr.
Matt Wiman looks to return to his winning ways in the Octagon at UFC 97: Redemption when he squares off against Sam Stout.
In December 2008, Wiman lost a decision to Jim Miller at UFC: Fight for the Troops. Before that setback, Wiman had won four straight bouts in the UFC with wins over Brian Geraghty, Michihiro Omigawa, Justin Buchholz, and the dangerous Thiago Tavares.
Wiman made his UFC debut in 2006, losing via kayo to Spencer Fisher – a fight he took on short notice. Ironically, Wiman’s opponent next Saturday, Stout, also made his UFC debut in 2006 against Fisher. Wiman, a former participant in the Ultimate Fighter Season 5, says he is in the best shape of his mixed martial arts career and ready to deliver a strong performance to UFC fans. Wiman can win a bout in many different ways. In his 10 career professional MMA wins, he has four by knockout, three by submission and three by decision. He believes that he presents a more versatile skill-set than his opponent. He recently took the time out of his busy schedule to speak with Fightnews.
How has training been going?
Training has been going great. I truly believe I am in the best shape ever. I have trained to give the best possible performance and am eager to get into the Octagon.
How do you assess your opponent Sam Stout?
He’s tough. I mean everybody you face in the UFC is going to be good, no doubt about it. I think he is very good on the ground but not as good in the stand-up game.
Do you think you have a better all-around skill set than him?
I really do. I think I have a better stand-up game and will be able to take advantage of that in the fight. Mixed martial arts is all about developing as many different skills and styles of fighting as you can and I feel that I am more versatile.
What is your prediction for the fight?
I have prepared like I have never prepared before in my career to deliver a great performance. I can’t say for sure how the fight will come out but I am confident that I will walk out of the Octagon a winner.
Any message for your fans?
Just that I want to thank them for all of their support. I promise that I have worked as hard as I can to give them a great performance.
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David L. Hudson Jr. is a feature writer for Fightnew.com, a licensed boxing judge and the author of the soon-to-be-released Combat Sports: An Encyclopedia of Wrestling, Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts. http://www.greenwood.com/catalog/GR4383.aspx