Interview with MMA fighters Kir Sergeev, Garbon Meqvabishvili and Hunter White
BY HANNAH PRESCOTT
Los Santos, SA - On 12th October 2021, Hannah Prescott conducted an interview with MMA fighters Kir Sergeev, Garbon Meqvabishvili and Hunter White. This is the written version of the interview which was held on air, in the LSNN studio.
Hannah Prescott, Kir Sergeev, Garbon Meqvabishvili and Hunter White in the studio
Hannah Prescott: Good evening and welcome to the LSNN studio!
Garbon Meqvabishvili: Good evening, thank you for having us.
Kir Sergeev: Thank you for inviting us tonight.
Hannah Prescott: You are welcome. So tell us, what's new in the MMA world? Furthermore, what are your future plans? What's next now, after participating in two fight nights organized by IFC and Mountain MMA?
Garbon Meqvabishvili: I won at my latest fight. I'm currently happy with my result, climbing those rankings and what is next with Mountain MMA? Well, our team is hosting our first professional tournament - King of the Ring Grand Prix. We are really happy to step forward. All the latest KOTR events we have hosted were amateur back in Fantasia event hall or ULSA, so we are exited to help new faces start competing at a professional level.
Hunter White: I've been fighting in the amateur league for about four months now, but now I'm finally going to become a professional fighter.
Kir Sergeev: I've been fighting as an amateur back in Russia. I gained some experience in MMA and decided to make a move and get into the pro scene.
Hannah Prescott: Kir, when you get in the cage and get ready to fight, what's running through your head then? What's your goal each match and in MMA as a sport in general?
Kir Sergeev: There's nothing special that goes through my head, just to attack my opponent and try to win the fight. And well, in MMA as a sport in general my goal is to win tournaments and become famous world-wide.
Hannah Prescott: What motivated you to get involved in the world of MMA? Why did you decide to choose this dangerous sport? Do you consider MMA as a dangerous sport to begin with?
Kir Sergeev: My motivation to get involved in the world of MMA was surely to know how to defend myself. And yes, I do consider MMA as a dangerous sport.
Garbon Meqvabishvili: It isn't usually that fighters pick this sport like they do in childhood - "oh I'll play basketball or football". Fighting usually picks you. It comes from your background growing up.
Hunter White: MMA is as dangerous as any other full contact sport, such as football or soccer. Athletes are prone to wide amount of injuries too.
Hannah Prescott: Mr. Meqvabishvili, can you please tell us more about the upcoming event that you're planning to organize? King of the Ring.
Garbon Meqvabishvili: King of the Ring started as my own personal league to help amateurs and non-experienced fighters to actually start to fight. You know, a small local tournament with small financial prizes out of my pocket. But as time went by, it grew into something phenomenal and we started getting sponsorships. The MMA scene in Los Santos started growing and I started helping more people with their careers, who were starting out as amateurs. Some of the fighters that started fighting in KOTR are now pro fighters in IFC. And from local tournament in a local gym it grew into this promotion where we will have our first professional grand prix. Four matches - a tournament. Eight fighters, all professional now, fighting for a grand prize of 150,000 dollars.
Hannah Prescott: When can we expect the event to happen?
Garbon Meqvabishvili: Hopefully the first elimination event will be next week and then we get this thing rolling.
Hannah Prescott: Well guys, I hope to see interesting fights in the cage! Good luck! Thank you being guests in our studio tonight. It has been a pleasure talking to you.
Garbon Meqvabishvili: Always a pleasure. Thank you again for having us.
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