Tyler Shinn – via Viaero Event Center Official Facebook Page
Tyler Shinn is fighting for the fourth time as a professional and his second for RFA when he takes on Chris Holdsworth on Friday, November 2nd at RFA 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada. We sat down with Shinn to talk about his opponent, his previous fight for the organization and his goals as a fighter.
How’s things going today?
Things are going really good. Just getting the day started.
You have an upcoming fight for RFA against Chris Holdsworth. He’s known for his jiu jitsu and I know you have good jiu jitsu as well. How do you think your jiu jitsu skills match up with his?
I’ve watched his matches. I’ve never competed against him. As far as my skills matching up against his, I think it makes for a real exciting fight when we go to the ground. I think me and him going to the ground is inevitable. I think it will be there eventually based on how we both fight. As far as how we match up, I’ve been wrestling since I was five years old. I give him a little edge on jiu jitsu, but mine is getting there. I’ve been doing it non-stop for quite a few years now and with my wrestling and jiu jitsu I feel confident on the ground. I know he is a black belt but this isn’t a gi tournament and a lot of other things factor into it.
When I was doing the research on both of you I was amazed at how talented you both are in jiu jitsu and I would give the edge to Chris. But then I look at your wrestling and what you have done and how you use it in fights. The one thing that always impresses me with wrestlers is how heavy they can feel and how it negates a lot of things a jiu jitsu guy looks for. You said you are expecting this fight to get to the ground. Do you think it will be from you initiating a takedown or more from an exchange and someone gets hurt?
All of the above. I think it will go to the ground from me shooting for a takedown. I am going to go out there and I don’t have a solid game plan. My game plan is to see his reaction is. I imagine there isn’t a whole lot of feeling out as we are both aggressive fighters. I think that forward pressure that he tries to bring and me standing my ground will lead to an exchange. It could be either of us shooting. If he shoots I’m not the kind of guy who will just sprawl and walk away, I am going to try and get a front headlock and get his back.
Your last fight was for RFA as well when you beat Cody Land in the third round. How do you feel about your performance?
I feel I have gotten so much better since that fight. I was impressed with how I performed in that fight. I set a very high pace. I wore him down to the point where I got a submission in the third round. I think I have improved since then. I fought a very one dimensional fight with takedowns. I was impressed with what I had been through at that point. I have really embraced jiu jitsu and found a groove since that fight. I think it is crazy and that between that fight and this fight I have made the biggest improvement as an athlete since I was five years old.
I was impressed with the fight. Some people including the announcers were a little critical, but to see someone in their third fight have the control and of mind. He wasn’t giving many openings, finally you broke him down and got the submission.
At that point I had him broken down and finished it.
As I said, this is your second fight for RFA, what’s been your experience so far fighting for them as they are making some big waves?
I like fighting for that show a lot. They are a new show but are doing a lot of great things. They are becoming a powerhouse show if you aren’t fighting in the UFC. I think this show is a great outlet because we are on AXS tv, they just bought Titan. I am happy.
What are your goals for 2013?
I haven’t thought much past this fight. Chris is a task to not take lightly. I’d like to compete in jiu jitsu tournaments. Hopefully get this win and then I have one more fight on my RFA contract. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out I would fight someone from this card as my next fight.
Where can the fans find you at?
I’m on twitter @shinndig00 and on facebook.
Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
Lion Gear, Scrap Soldier, 3B Bail Bonds, R1 MMA, Defiant Martial Arts, Body By Vi, and my training partners.