Interview with Mixed Martial Artist Jason Evola
On Tuesday August the 31st I am proud to say I had an interview with mixed martial artist veteran, Jason Evola. The interview was far overdue for a competitor such as Jason. In my opinion, anyone that gets into the cage or ring and competes deserve to be honored with an interview that will be heard or read by millions rather than just a few locals in their area. Some athletes are never heard of outside of their own region or city in which they compete. I mean to change that by interviewing as many mixed martial artists as I can that are willing to participate.
Me: “What made you want to compete in the mixed martial arts Jason?”
Jason: “Thank you for your interest. So what made me start MMA? I was watching UFC 3 and I just said it looks like fun and something I could do.”
I like how Jason showed me respect and thanked me for even showing interest in interviewing him before answering my first question. I feel that shows great character in an individual. I continued asking questions to Jason and he was more than willing to answer honestly.
Me: “I speak from experience when I say it’s hard to recover from a tough loss when you know it should have gone differently. What keeps you going after a loss that should not have occurred as far as you are concerned and give one example?”
Jason: “As far as coming back from a fight you think was yours, you don’t ever get over it without getting a chance to win again. But it drives me to get better, you lose a tough fight and you go 2 more rounds and run that 45 extra minutes.”
He didn’t sugar coat anything. Jason Evola fights in the light weight (155 lbs) division. Online records can be inaccurate due to Oregon’s amateur and pro divisions. Both divisions are sanctioned fights under the boxing commission and sometimes are confused as pro fights. Before the boxing commissioner got involved some fights were not accounted for officially. I asked Jason to clarify his record for me and he claimed an honest record of 10 wins and 7 losses. His record online was listed at 4 wins and 8 losses. Ignore this record. Jason has had more fights than has been officially recorded.
Me: “Having a family do you find it difficult to focus during a fight?”
Jason: “No. In a fight it’s not a problem when I’m in the cage it’s just the fight that’s all I see.”
Jason proves what he says in the fight I linked to this article here:
Me: “Pick one fight you had over the years. Which one would you say was your toughest competitor and why?”
Jason: “Jay Shaffer, hands down that was the toughest fight I have ever had. We punched and kicked one another the whole fight from start to the end he would not go down and we would not stop punching.”
Me: “Would you want to face this opponent again?”
Jason: “Yes I would love to get a new fight with Jay. He is a good guy and a tough fighter.”
Me: “If you could fight anyone in the sport, amateur or pro who would it be and why?”
Jason: “I would like to fight BJ Penn because he is in my eyes the best at 155 and as a fighter if you don’t want to fight the best you are not thing right.”
Too true Jason. Fighting the best is great, win or lose to a fighter. Obviously the win is always better and the loss is frustrating but so long as you fight the best, you can still hold your head high. I have watched too many times those pampered fighters of the big name gyms that we won’t name but know all too well who they are setting up fights with their highly trained athletes and no name guys that have never trained MMA in their lives. I know for a fact that several of these gyms even backed out of fights with many of your coach’s other fighters in the past because though they said he was a nobody trainer, they feared him and the talent he had for training his fighters.
Me: “Let’s talk about training. What kind of dietary plan are you on and do you take supplements?”
Jason: “I eat real clean. A lot of fish and chicken, also buffalo. No fried food and no fast food. As far as supplements, I take Advocare and some Max Muscle.”
Me: “What is your daily training routine like? Do you focus on cardio on certain days and weight training on others? How often do you train stand up compared to ground techniques?”
Jason: “I train for 2 ½ hours a day, 5 days a week, and I like to do 2 days stand up and 2 days ground, and 1 day MMA, and weight training is 1 ½ hours 3 days a week. My weight training is kettle bells 2 days and German Volume training 10 reps 10 times as big as you can.”
Me: “Who do you currently train with? Is this trainer what yo would expect and does he or she put forth the efforts to make you a better athlete?”
Jason: “I train with Crae Basset and Troy O’Conner. They all make me a better fighter in their own way and impact has helped me get my ground up to where it has to be, and Troy has kept my MMA and stand up getting better every time I get in the ring, and Crae has been my number one sparring partner and my weight training partner.”
Me: “What are your goals in the sport of mixed martial arts?”
Jason: “My goals are to be the UFC light weight champ and to fight the best I can.”
Most people would call that a dream rather than a goal. I believe that dreams are the same thing as goals. Some of us aim higher than others in order to push ourselves harder and faster in order to reach those goals and dreams. Who in their right mind would not want at least the chance to fight for the title in their weight division under the world wide known franchise Ultimate Fighting Championship? I would.
Me: “What is next for Jason Evola in the world of MMA?”
Jason: “What’s next for me? I’m waiting to see. I don’t have a fight in the next 30 days but this is MMA and a fight is just a phone call away.”
Me: “I remember you as a good sportsman in the game of Mixed Martial Arts. Having faced and experienced the politics of promoters how do you feel about the way you are treated by different venues and please be honest?”
Jason: To be a good sportsman and a good guy is just me. As far as politics in the MMA game, it’s all over the place and it makes it hard to find a fight. I have been the “Out-of-Town” guy 2 times where I think the win going into the end of the fight and did not win. Over all, I feel good.”
Me: “Outside of MMA, what do you do for a living?”
Jason: “Outside of MMA, I work for Aaron’s Distribution. I like my job. It’s been good for training. I’m off in time for class and they let me have time off for fights. It’s hard to find a job that is MMA friendly and gives you time off. Thank you.”
I want to thank Jason Evola once again for participating in this interview. Jason Evola is a great competitor in the sport and as friendly as they come inside and outside of the ring, so long as it’s not go time. I look forward to seeing Jason fight in the future. Maybe we will see some rematches that are long overdue. I recently saw a former competitor posting mocking pictures on FaceBook. This competitor is also a friend of mine and though he turned pro I would like to see this grudge match settled in the future. Both guys are my friends and I am going to split hairs saying this but I’d like to see Jason Evola get this rematch in the pro division against Chris Standing who won their former match due to a cut over Jason’s eye. I spoke with Jason about this and he feels that it might not take place because the situations have not allowed. Whoever is next on Jason Evola’s line up, I expect it to be exciting.
Article by Kevin C. Davison
“I write to entertain, and for a cause.”