“This guy is as good as ANY of the 170-pound fighters in all of MMA. Paul Bradley is a Beast, a Warrior, and most of all, a Survivor. For starters, Paul was asked to leave the TUF Season 7 show
, but not until after he had already turned down a really great job offer just to be on the show in order to chase his dream of making it to the MMA big leagues. And more recently, Paul was also cut from Strikeforce after a WIN
! Yes, a WIN—CRAZY!!!
“Many people with the wrong mindset would have simply quit, or “tapped out” (ugly words) after being cut by one big MMA Organization—never mind, two of them. But not Paul "the Gentleman" Bradley. He does not surrender—EVER.
“It’s just not how he rolls because Paul keeps fighting on like all good Americans do. They fight for what is right, and don't back down—EVER!!!!!!! Please support this warrior who is an inspiration to many because he keeps on coming no matter who or what tries to take him down or stand in his way!”—Carried Out Fight Gear
Indeed, truer were never spoken.
Training out of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, Paul Bradley is a role-model to many young fighters who dream of one day fighting professionally in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts.
Not because he has become a household name by fighting out of the largest MMA organization in the world (yes, I’m talking about the UFC), but because despite having an excellent record of 14-2, he has been privileged to compete for multiple national organizations, such as Strikeforce, Shark Fights, King of the Cage, Ultimate Cage Fighting Challenge, Ring of Combat, The Ultimate Fighter Season 7, and now he can add CFX/Extreme Challenge 170
to that growing list of impressive accomplishments.
His ultimate goal?
Simple—to be the best—any way possible.
Please enjoy my fourth interview with Paul.
James Ryan: Hey Paul, how have you been?
Paul Bradley: Hey James, I’ve been doing very well. How about yourself?
James Ryan: Super fantastic amazing!! [Laughs]
Paul Bradley: [Laughs] That’s good.
James Ryan: Thanks again for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak with me about your upcoming fight.
Paul Bradley: My pleasure.
James Ryan: Sweet, so how’s the training been going?
Paul Bradley: It’s been going good. Really busy though. I’ve been selling a tonne of tickets and just trying to get things in order. But I hope that I don’t ever have to fight for ticket sales again—let’s put it that way. [Laughs]
James Ryan: So what’s the arrangement with that? I had noticed that you were quite active on Facebook trying to sell tickets to this event. Is there a direct tie-in with the ticket sales and how much you get paid for this fight?
Paul Bradley: Well, the thing is, I haven’t fought in Minneapolis, and I’m originally from Iowa, so I have a lot of friends and family coming up to support me. A lot of people from where I work at LA Fitness are coming out as well, and just a tonne of people that I know are coming out to watch. It was either take this fight for ticket sales or—my manager is helping to put this event on too, so that was another plus obviously—I wanted to help him out with the big show. But it was either take this fight or wait until possibly February again for Shark Fights, so I decided to take this fight.
James Ryan: Right, makes sense. So tell me about your upcoming fight. Who’s it with? What’s going on? Who are you fighting? Where are you fighting? That sort of thing.
Paul Bradley: I’m fighting in the CFX/Extreme Challenge 170, which is scheduled for this Saturday, December 11, at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
My opponent is Ted Worthington. He’s out of Des Moines, Iowa. He’s a bit of a journeyman with a record of 29-28, but the guy has fought some really tough people. He’s gone to a lot of decisions with a lot of tough fighters.
We’re going to meet at a catch-weight of 175, which is nice, but he’s tough and has pretty good hands. I just have to be smart. He’s got a good uppercut and a good right hand—I’ve studied a lot of tape on him. I’m just looking to go in there to get a ‘W’ and stay active obviously.
James Ryan: So was that the biggest motivation in taking this fight—just to keep fighting and staying active?
Paul Bradley: Ya, I definitely want to stay active. While I’m healthy, I would like to get a little string of wins together, and build from there.
I’m keeping the UFC in mind too, but I think that I would like to enter the UFC with a record of 18-2, which is something that I definitely would like to accomplish before I make it. Or even 20-2.
James Ryan: And right now you’re at 14-2, correct?
Full interview here, too long to post here.