Q And A With Brad “Antman” Walley
Brad “Antman” Walley is a 2-2 amateur about to enter the cage at Diamondback Fighting Championship 6, on the 17th of August. Both of his losses came at a weight class above his own. When at his natural weight of flyweight, he holds a 2-0 record. He is a prospect being shaped and coached by one of Australia’s leading MMA teams. From training at Team Alpha Male to taking fights on a days’ notice, Brad “Antman” Walley is an exciting MMA prospect to watch!
Name: Brad Walley
Weight Class: Flyweight (125lbs)
Representing Gyms: Cardioflex and ISOHEALTH BJJ
Fighting out of: Adelaide, South Australia
Record: 2-2 Amateur (2-0 at Flyweight)
Wayne: Brad thanks for your time. Firstly, the nickname “Antman”, why and how did that come about?
Brad: I got the nickname “Antman’ because I’m the littlest at the gym but ridiculously strong for my size, so they started making jokes that I had ant strength.
Wayne: Your record of 2-2 is deceiving, tell me about your record?
Brad: My record is 2-2. From my 2 wins, I have a 50 second KO and a decision win, both were dominant wins. My 2 loses have both been at bantamweight (135lbs). I’m a natural flyweight so I will be staying down there from now on.
Wayne: You took one of those fights on a days’ notice, what was the most challenging aspect of that?
Brad: When I took that fight on 1 days’ notice I didn’t even think about it. I just said let’s do it. I knew I was to be going up against an extremely tough opponent up a weight class but I don’t fear anyone. I would fight anyone, anytime.
Wayne: You fight out of a couple of gyms, who are they and what do each concentrate on?
Brad: I train out of Cardioflex for all my striking and ISOHEALTH BJJ for my grappling.
Wayne: Mate, of all the sports on offer to us in Australia, why MMA?
Brad: My first taste of Martial Arts was from doing Taekwondo for a few years when I was a bit younger. I then got into training MMA almost 3 years ago. The love of MMA started because I loved watching UFC and then once I started training I fell in love with the endless amount you can learn. I love testing myself against another human.
Wayne: For those who have never made that walk to the cage, describe it?
Brad: The walk to the octagon I find, it’s a very out of the body experience. I find I’m pretty much on autopilot the second my song starts.
Wayne: I haven’t seen you fight (yet), how would you describe your fight style?
Brad: I’d describe my style as a heavy wrestler with strong striking. For my size, I hit hard and once I get a hold of someone good luck getting me off. I haven’t come across another person my size that can match my strength. I’ve got a fast knockout on my record and a heavy grappling performance where I dominated start to finish. I feel at flyweight I can control a fight wherever it goes.
Wayne: What UFC fighter best reflects your fight style?
Brad: I love the way TJ Dillashaw goes about it. My style is more developing into a Chad Mendes mold. I’m a little muscly guy that hits hard and the way my grappling is developing I’m going to be able to take control of a fight anywhere it goes.
Wayne: You watch UFC a lot, what is your favorite fight?
Brad: My favorite would be Robbie Lawler vs Rory MacDonald #2.
Wayne: You train your BJJ at ISOHEALTH BJJ, what would be your favorite submission?
Brad: My favorite submission to land is an imanari roll into a heel hook, I’ve only hit it a couple of times.
Wayne: Not many people get to experience something that you have. You trained at Team Alpha Male, what was that like?
Brad: Training at Team Alpha Male was an awesome experience. I got to train with a lot of UFC fighters on a daily basis. My whole MMA game elevated so much from training with the best of the best. I think my favorite part of being over there, was all the times Urijah Faber invited me over to his house. It was awesome getting to hang out on his couch and watch fights with him.
Wayne: What does a general week of training look like?
Brad: My normal week of training consists of 2 nights at ISO BJJ and the rest at Cardioflex. I usually have days off during the week as well, where I mix in strength and conditioning.
Wayne: Who are your training partners that we should all keep an eye on in the future?
Brad: I’ve got many training partners that are competing at Diamondback Fighting Championship 6 that will kill it. But I’d say the number 1 to look out for is one of my best mates Shane Mitchell. He is in the main event for this card, don’t blink when it starts.
Wayne: Prediction time, how do you see this fight going against Kyle Maistry?
Brad: In my fight, I can’t see it going past the second. If I don’t break him in the first it will be finished in the second. I’m going to go in there and set a pace that’s going to drown him.
Wayne: Random one – Cris Cyborg marry or fight?
Brad: I reckon I’d take the beating from Cyborg, haha, at least that would be nice and quick.
Wayne: I’d probably marry her, she would kill me! Not that you will ever lose again, but IF you had to take a loss, what would you take – A KO, a Submission, or a split decision?
Brad: I think the easiest loss to deal with would be a split decision, the worst would definitely be a KO loss.
Wayne: Who are the coaches that you want to give a shout out too that have helped you along the way?
Brad: I must give a massive shout out to my coach Craig Icke (Cardioflex) who has shaped me into the fighter I am today. He has seen me at my best and worst and helped me get through it all and get to where I am today. I’d also have to give Matt Jones a big shout out for welcoming me into ISOHEALTH BJJ as well. Others that have helped me on my MMA journey are wrestling coaches Chris Galbraith-Clark, Tayla Ford (Commonwealth games Brisbane competitor for NZ) and Kyle Terry (Kentucky University Wrestling Team). Dylan Opitz also helped me so much with my BJJ (one of SA’s very best grapplers).
Brad “Antman” Walley makes the walk to the octagon at Diamondback Fighting Championship 6 on the 17th August in Adelaide, South Australia. Myself, MMA Freaks and Nick Portella MMA wish him all the best.
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