In perhaps our most intriguing interview ever, we asked Light Heavyweight MMA fighter Ben Forsyth some questions, yielding some very interesting responses. He is currently 1-0 in pro MMA & trains at SBG Ireland under John Kavanagh.
For those that aren’t familiar with yourself, can you tell us a little about your background & how you got into MMA.
I woke up one day and thought hmmm I want to re-jig my face but can’t afford plastic surgery. MMA was the natural choice.
Who did you look up to growing up?
Pretty much everyone, I was quite small…
Was there anything/anyone specific that made you want to be a fighter?
Jean Claude Van Damme’s spin kicks and tight trousers
Where does your nickname ‘Spyder Monkey’ come from?!
It’s actually my real middle name. My parents had a great sense of humour.
You recently turned pro after winning the IMMA Federation European Light Heavyweight title by TKO over Balaze Kiss. How was the tournament experience, and how did it feel to win that surrounded by your team?
Like that feeling when you go to that bathroom, come back and your food is on the table waiting for you. Pure bliss.
Your first pro fight took place last weekend against Luke Taylor, winning by guillotine choke in the first round. Tell us a little about the build-up & how it felt to start your professional career.
Like dessert was there waiting too.
Fighters often act confident & put on a brave face in the build up to fights. Few people will ever experience what you will, so when it comes to fight night and you are waiting to walk out, what is going through your mind?
There has to better ways to make a living than this!
Seeing as you are new to the pro MMA scene, are you working a job outside of fighting to pay for training & living? Or are you dedicated to full time MMA?
Until just last week I thought ‘Manual Labour’ was a Spanish guitar player.
What is a typical day for Ben Forsyth?
Every day is the same. I jump up and do a backflip off my king size water bed straight into a perfect downward facing dog. I follow this with 100 one armed push ups while drinking my morning coffee that was filtered through my jock strap from the night before. I eat 6 duck eggs, shell included, high 5 my cat and hop on my scooter to the gym. I wrap my hands and style my hair on the move so as to not waste any time. Time management is key. I arrive to the gym nourished, geared up and slick as a whistle. I do rounds upon rounds making sure to not break a sweat and tarnish my perfectly groomed hair or heavily sponsored clothing. Selfies are an integral part of my day as if it’s not on social media then it didn’t happen. I have to tell the world that I trained otherwise I will lose all my fights. Once I feel enough people have seen me punching a tennis ball attached to my beanie and flexing and screaming in the mirror, I head home, fulfilled with my prosperous day and safe in the knowledge that I am one step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a Kardashian.
You are training at SBG in Ireland, which is obviously famous for producing Conor McGregor under the tutelage of John Kavanagh. Could you give us a glimpse into what the atmosphere is like there and what it’s like to train there?
How has McGregor’s rise to stardom affected SBG?
See answer 9
Conor McGregor has described John Kavanagh as a ‘genius’. Do you agree with this? What is it like to be trained by John?
I do know John, he is a genius. He also told me that if I say that, he will mention me in his book. I LOVE JOHN.
Do you have your next fight lined up? How do you foresee 2016 going for you?
I’m looking for a super fight with Van Damme. I think he’s old enough now that I could beat him. Although I would probably cry if I bet him at the sight of seeing my childhood hero smeared across the canvas like a van gogh. So I’m open for offers I guess.
Where do you want to be in 5 years time?
I want to be Mark Wahlberg’s best friend. Not like Ted though, he sounds suspiciously like Peter Griffin and I think he’s not real. More like Will Ferrell in other guys…I like that movie.
Quick fire questions:
McGregor vs Diaz? Yes
McGregor vs Lawler? Definitely Yes
Sporting hero? I’m flattered
Best moment in career so far? Getting a free haircut for the first time.
Strangest moment? The same barbers making me pay the 2nd time.
And finally, do you FeelTheTip?! I am the tip.