Unified MMA welterweight Mohamed Ado is undefeated by his first two professional fights, and could be Canada’s finest saved secret with regards to up-and-coming skilled fighters.
We acquired to know Ado a bit of higher with a current Q&A.
Previous to coming to MMA what different sports activities did you compete in and the way nicely did you do?
I competed in judo from eight to 9 years previous. I did a few tournaments through which I’d win medals (gold, silver, bronze).
What acquired you into MMA?
Truthfully undecided, I simply used to love WWE however knew it was faux and couldn’t actually make it based mostly on my expertise however solely on if the executives thought I could be marketable, and so forth… Then I used to be launched to MMA in like 2017-18 and I assumed I could possibly be good at this (first months have been dangerous lol) then put within the high quality work and hours and it’s working nicely to this point.
What made you soar proper into competing as a professional earlier than taking any newbie fights?
I used to be going to take MMA newbie fights however they acquired canceled so I took some newbie fights in Muay Thai and Kickboxing (4-1 document). However the purpose we jumped straight as an alternative of testing the water in newbie first was as a result of we knew we have been prepared based mostly on how I used to be doing within the health club and the way a lot progress I used to be displaying one newbie struggle after the opposite.
Do you keep in mind the primary time you walked into an MMA health club?
Ooh sure lol, remembered being intimidated by one of many coaches (large, tattoos, and so forth…) then I noticed the fighters and I used to be like they’re regular like me and I may cling with them ( that mentality the place we expect we’re unbeatable with none expertise) however man was I mistaken😭😂.
Who’re you at the moment coaching with?
With the crew at Combat Manufacturing unit in Ottawa. The coaches are Kru Jeff (Hanging), Prof. Peter Fazekas (BJJ), and Ilya (wrestling). Then we’ve got plenty of coaching companions like Alex O’Neil, Mateo Vogel, Jake Gauvreau, and lots of amateurs that assist quite a bit and are so rattling good!!!! (Control them)
Individuals don’t normally struggle the extent of competitors you could have so early in your profession. Are you able to simply inform me about that?
Nicely as I mentioned we actually consider within the coaching we put in. To be trustworthy, the primary one was extra of a determined try and lastly get a struggle as a result of at that time I had like 5-6 professional debuts canceled and spent a lot cash in medicals plus it was virtually the top of the yr and I didn’t need my cash to go to waste. I used to be nonetheless assured going into the struggle though the man was 4-0. I knew it wasn’t going to be simple however man I really like challenges and proving folks mistaken. #1 factor is that I belief my coaches with no matter man they need me to struggle so in the event that they’re in, I’m in.
As for the second struggle, the crew knew I used to be okay in grappling however the man was nonetheless a D1 wrestler so it was not a straightforward activity. I actually needed that type of opponent as a result of as soon as once more I needed to show to those who I can grapple particularly after that silly takedown I attempted in my first struggle lol. Though the plan was to strike him and perhaps take him down as soon as I additionally needed to out-grapple him in order that my future opponents wouldn’t suppose that the way in which to beat me is wrestling or grappling.
Speaking about these two fights what are your largest takeaways from these fights?
The primary one made me notice that I used to be prepared for the professional degree however that I had plenty of flaws in my sport that I needed to work on earlier than it turns into a much bigger downside. The second jogged my memory that I nonetheless had plenty of flaws and issues I’m not doing proper however that I additionally was in a position to work on a few of them when spending time on them. It additionally jogged my memory that being well-rounded is important on this sport. Lastly, they each bolstered my perception in the truth that I don’t like/need padded data. Sure, you do have to decide on the precise fights however you additionally acquired to problem your self and put your self in these fights the place you haven’t any alternative however to offer it your best possible in camp as a result of you know the way dangerous the struggle could be.
Is one thing just like the UFC someplace you’re attempting to get to ASAP or is there no rush?
Sure, I undoubtedly wish to get there, ASAP although? I don’t know. Solely on the proper time after I’ve matured sufficient and gained sufficient, consciousness and IQ about this sport. I’m not attempting to simply get there, I wish to keep there and be on the prime of the meals chain.
Is MMA your full-time job? If not, what else do you do?
No, it’s not my full-time job. I’m a full-time scholar in college and I additionally work jobs to earn my residing and so forth….
What do you love to do outdoors of preventing and coaching?
Truthfully, not a lot anymore. I used to like hanging out and so forth… however these days with my busy schedule and the way tiring coaching could be on my physique I simply keep dwelling more often than not and watch fights, find out about preventing and so forth…
For anybody that’s by no means seen you struggle what would you inform them to count on?
Truthfully count on the surprising. Don’t count on something simply tune in and luxuriate in as a result of, to be trustworthy though I normally at all times have a few issues that I wish to do in my fights however as soon as I’m in there I additionally simply do what feels proper as well as my the coaches directions. So even I’m undecided what to precisely count on.
Do/did you could have any inspirations in fight sports activities?
Didn’t actually have any till I found the game, however now the objective is to in the future get that UFC belt wrapped round my waist!
Why do you struggle and who do you struggle for?
Lol for the primary one till now, I’m actually not set on a particular reply on why I struggle. I simply know that my love for it simply retains rising every day, that I hate being away from it, and doing it simply feels proper.