I believe behind every athlete that there is a story. It's not just about what everyone sees in the cage but what it is that makes these guys who they are today and what has gotten them to where they are at now. On behalf of MoreMMA.com, one guy that caught my eye was lightweight amateur fighter Mike Demakes. Demakes is currently preparing for his upcoming cage fight on March 14th as he will fight for Jim Jackson's Supreme Promotions event that will be held at Georgios Banquet Hall at 8800 West 159th Street in Orland Park, Illinois. I had a chance to interview the Countryside native to ask him what got him into the sport of mixed martial arts and what his goals are.
GH: What was it that got you in to mma?
MD: In high school I was a three sport athlete, football, baseball, and powerlifting. Competition was fun, and since I decided not to play D3 football, I missed that competition. I heard about LA boxing and their jiu- jitsu classes and said "hey, why not try it out!" So my buddy and I went up and even though I got my ass handed to me the whole time, it was an immediate attraction. As time went on and I worked at it 4-5 times a week I improved and started rolling with the immortal guys. I started going to their practices and started working striking and sure enough with improvement wanted to try a fight. The guys I had, Tony, Marko, Ruggio, Como, Kevin, prepared me, I won a war and that for sure made the love for the sport grow.
GH: What is your goal being in this sport?
MD: My goals in the sport is to see how far I can go, if it's a title or pro, but I got other things going in my life as well, but I'm not done in this sport.
GH: Are you looking on turning professional pretty soon after your March 14th fight?
GH: As far as turning pro after my March fight, I have the people around me to get me ready, great coaches, training partners, and Jim Jackson has opened the doors to a few other gyms to me. We will see what is presented to me after this fight and talk to some promoters and see where I am.
GH: Who are your biggest supporters in your life?
MD: I couldn't be where I am without my step dad, who I call dad, he took me in and changed my rough child hood. He's a role model to me, and is always behind the decisions I make. Also I have some great friends, who as well are always behind me, staying positive, picking me up when I need them.
GH: How has getting involved in mma changed your life?
MD: This sport has giving me discipline. Having a rough childhood, I didn't always make the best decisions growing up, sports in general kept me in check, but this one over the years has kept me busy.
For more information about Supreme Promotions upcoming event, go to www.supremepromotions.net