Ethan Duniam – Fighter Profile And Q And A
Article courtesy of Wayne Carl of MMA Freaks and Nick Portella MMA.
Name: Ethan Duniam
Gyms Represented: 360 Martial Arts and Fitness
Fighting out of: Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia
Fight style: Wing Chun and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Organisations represented: Crossfire, Brace, Glory, Valor, XFC, Diamondback Fighting Championship
Ethan Duniam is a Tasmanian MMA fighter with a record of 9-5. The lightweight will fight for Diamondback Fighting Championships inaugural title this Friday night.
Ranked the number 3 lightweight in Australia he takes on Greg Atzori 20-10, the 4th ranked Australian lightweight.
They have been to battle before, with the veteran coming away with the win. Rematches always excite me!
Today I caught up with the impressive Tasmanian leading into the historic fight and got to know more about the rising star.
Wayne: Thanks for your time mate really appreciate it, it’s always a busy time fight week! Let’s get to know Ethan Duniam better. Do you have any nicknames of any sort?
Ethan: Not Really, I didn’t really end up with my first name by choice though. My first fight the ring announcer gave me a choice of The Enforcer, The Echidna, and The Teenage Dirtbag. The Enforcer was the least terrible one on offer. I don’t really use it these days though.
Wayne: Mate, I love The Echidna – that’s gold!
Wayne: You are from Tasmania, I promise I won’t tell any Victorian jokes. What’s the MMA scene like down there?
Ethan: It’s seen better times, but there are a few promotions that are putting in some good work, those being Legion Fight Sports and All Styles Grappling, so give it a couple of years and I feel like it will be in good shape.
Wayne: Any fighters we should keep an eye on?
Ethan: Yeah, there is definitely a couple of decent guys down this way, a few you probably haven’t heard of yet such as Alec Haas, Darcy lake, and Deacon Laugher. There are quite a few Tassie fighters that have already had their share of success on the mainland as well.
Wayne: Ethan, why MMA? What drew you to it?
Ethan: I can’t honestly tell you why. Many years ago, I got a text message from a coach asking if I wanted to fight an MMA fight in 12 weeks. I had only really had experience in BJJ competitions at that point but thought it would be worth a go.
Wayne: One thing I always like to ask, what’s the walk to the cage like? So many never get to feel that!
Ethan: I guess it’s different for everyone, but from my perspective, that’s when everything else settles and starts to fade away.
Wayne: MMA is full on with training, are you also working on top of being a professional fighter?
Ethan: Yeah, I’m also working. I have a job as a disability support worker for a company called LEAP occupational Therapy, I also help coach at the 360 gym.
Wayne: What does a week of MMA training look like for us couch potatoes?
Ethan: Depends on how my work roster is, but I like to get 2 hours in the morning and 1 hour at night. Never ends up that way.
Wayne: Other than beating people up, what other hobbies does Ethan have?
Ethan: Between work, training, and coaching, there’s not a lot of time left over, to be honest. But when I get the chance I quite enjoy a mountain walk or a bit of a walk to a waterfall. There are a few nice spots around here that are only a few hours return. In the few months of decent weather, we do get I like to spend as much time at the beach as possible. During winter though, I probably switch on the PlayStation just a little too often!
Wayne: Music wise, what do they play down in Tasmania?
Ethan: I don’t know about everyone else, I don’t get out much, but I’m usually playing some kind of rap.
Wayne: I like to compare fighters to UFC guys, who does your style most replicate?
Ethan: I haven’t really thought about that, but a commentator a few years back likened me to Babalu. I can’t tell you if that’s accurate.
Wayne: We will see Friday mate.
Wayne: Being an MMA fighter do you have a favorite fighter?
Ethan: I change my mind here and there, but I have always been a fan of Mark Hunt and Robert Whittaker.
Wayne: Robert Whittaker is my favorite – he’s a legend inside the cage and out.
Wayne: One question that is always contentious – who is the Greatest MMA fighter of all time?
Ethan: At the peak of his powers, I lean toward Anderson Silva.
Wayne’s QUICKFIRE 5
Wayne: Pick your poison – an uppercut from Francis Ngannou or a head kick from Cro Cop?
Ethan: If I can pick the round as well, I’m going with an uppercut from Ngannou in the fifth round.
Wayne: Marry or fight Cris Cyborg?
Ethan: Yeah, neither of those play out really well for me……
Wayne: LOL, good answer.
Wayne: TJ or Cruz?
Ethan: Dom Cruz.
Wayne: My man!
Wayne: DC or Jon Jones?
Ethan: I’d love to see DC finally get that win.
Wayne: If you could choose a winning method- KO or Submission?
Ethan: I don’t mind either, any finish is a good finish!
Wayne: You are fighting Greg Atzori – he is a gritty veteran, it’s a rematch, what did you learn from the first meeting?
Ethan: Yeah, plenty, hopefully enough to get the job done…
Wayne: Ok, prediction time. How do you get the win?
Ethan: I think the fight will open up in the 4th and 5th round, then any kind of stoppage!
Wayne: Who are the coaches you need to thank for getting you to this point?
Ethan: I would love to thank Tracey Aldridge, Brent Duggan, Brad Lowe, and Simon West.
Wayne: Sponsor shout outs mate?
Ethan: The following guys need a massive shout out. The originals, AME Tilting Quick Hitches and Valentino’s Restaurant.
Also, the new guys that have come on board, Devil’s Safety and LEAP Occupational therapy.
Myself, NickPortellaMMA.com and MMA Freaks all wish Ethan the best of luck for his title shot on Friday night….
Look out for live tweets from the venue @waynecarl78 @nickportellamma, and also the full recap on nickportellemma.com and MMA Freaks on Facebook.