>> Thursday, July 28, 2016
Shawn Mack is an exciting Flyweight prospect from Michigan. He currently fights out of the gym Grand Rapids Mixed Martial Arts(GRMMA) under great coach Johnny Grigware. Shawn has a record of 5-2 with all 5 of his wins coming in the first round round, and both of his losses coming by decision. He is currently ranked #2 at Flyweight in his state, and #21 at Flyweight in the Midwest. Let's take the time to get to know Shawn!
MMA Repz: So tell us a little bit about your hobbies, favorite music or artists, favorite types of movies etc.
|Coach Grigware in the red|
Shawn Mack: "My favorite hobbies are playing basketball &/or eating out. Music I have no favorites I listen to almost anything but I’m old school so I still jam to music from the 90’s. Movies I love action, a good thriller, and suspense or horror movie."
MMA Repz: So how did you get into MMA?
Shawn Mack: "My son was doing Tae Kwon Do and boxing and mentioned something about MMA. I was playing in a Sunday football league (SFL) and wanted to stay in shape, so Nikki “T-Money” Duncan was working out at the YMCA and seen they were offering MMA classes which sparked our interest. Nikki mentioned if we’re going to do it (MMA) we should find a gym that specializes in MMA and not the once a week thing at Y. She found GRMMA we went in and they treated us like family so that’s pretty much how it started. I never thought or intended to even compete but here I am today lol. I guess we can thank Mark Malone (GRMMA) because he had signed me up for my first amateur fight."
MMA Repz: What was the first fight that you remember watching?
Shawn Mack: "I don’t remember"
MMA Repz: Who would you consider your favorite fighter to watch and why?
Shawn Mack: "I’m a Louis “Sapo” Santos fan, I’m drawn to his style because the dude's vicious."
MMA Repz: Who do you believe is the best P4P fighter on this planet today?
Shawn Mack: "I would have to go with DJ (Demetrious Johnson)"
MMA Repz: How would you describe your style?
Shawn Mack: "Unstoppable lol, but no I’m a striker at heart and I’d describe it as unorthodox and it’s a lot people haven’t got to see yet!"
MMA Repz: You have proven yourself to be excellent both on the feet and on the mat. but where would you consider yourself the strongest at?
Shawn Mack: "I feel I’m a well-rounded fighter, I really like to stand and strike but no one will strike with me so I have to rely on my ground/submission skills for the most part. So, to answer your question I feel my striking is my strongest."
MMA Repz: So you have a loss on your record and that is to Canadian fighter Malcolm Gordon. How did it feel to lose for the first time?
Shawn Mack: "It doesn’t bother me at all or should I say that much, I know in this sport anyone can lose at any time. Plus, I know I’m a better fighter than Malcolm he just stuck to a good game plan and I was lazy."
MMA Repz: Do you want a rematch with Malcolm Gordon? Anything you would like to say to him?
Shawn Mack: "Of course, I would LOVE a rematch. No, there’s nothing I have to say to him except I wish him the best in his upcoming/future bouts, unless it’s me."
MMA Repz: Everybody seems to know you as this rising Flyweight talent from the state, but you are also ranked at #8 at Bantamweight in Michigan. Are you interested in testing yourself against the other top Bantamweights in Michigan such as Vince Murdock, Mike Fernandez, or even #1 ranked Cody Stamann?
Shawn Mack: "As I’ve stated before I could care less about the rankings, but if those bouts make sense at the time then I wouldn’t mind. I would have to bulk up though because I only walk at 138-140lbs."
MMA Repz: Which weight class do you feel better at Flyweight or Bantamweight?
Shawn Mack: "I’m a flyweight, but I probably would end up moving up if it gets difficult on finding fights, but I would definitely need to bulk up."
MMA Repz: How close do you believe you are to getting picked up by bigger promotions such as World Series of Fighting, Bellator, or even the UFC?
Shawn Mack: "I think I’m a fight or two away after fight scheduled June 11th, I just have to compete elsewhere not just in Michigan."
*This fight has passed. Shawn lost a close and competitive fight unfortunately
MMA Repz: Anything you would like to say to the fans, anybody you want to call out, or any shout outs you would like to do?
Shawn Mack: "Yes, I would like to give huge shout outs to my sponsors: Urban’s Tattoo, Detroit Mma Tv and SFCL and to my gym/fight team GRMMA/M.O.D. Elite. My family and friends of course! and to the fans for your continued support! And for anyone that enters the cage with me 'WELCOME 2 HELL'"
Shawn has a fight coming up on August 27 against Jonathan Walker at the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids, MI on the Knockout Promotions 50 Fight card. If you are able to come and support Shawn that night!
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