In Ringside 10‘s Fight of the Night, Rejean Groulx (5-1) lost for the first time, tapping out in the 3rd Round after landing awkwardly on his neck during a slam by featherweight champion Michel Gagnon. I caught up with Groulx a week later at the Gladiator MMA amateur event, where we discussed the status of his neck, his thoughts on the fight, when he’ll be back in the cage, and his desire for a rematch.
(3:31, interview in French, press play below to listen, or download here) Transcribed in English below
Transcribed in English after the jump.
Julian Cymbalista-Clapp: You fought in the Fight of the Night at Ringside 10, how are you feeling a week later?
Rejean Groulx: All things considered, I’m feeling pretty well, and still in good shape. I’ve got little injuries here and there, so I was unlucky on that note. My neck has healed well given what happened during the fight. I also have an injury to my hand that I’m recovering from.
How long do you think it’ll be before you’re back in shape?
I’d say I’m already in shape now, and I plan to keep it up. Starting next week, I’ll be back at the gym. I’m healing some injuries, so there’s some stuff I won’t be able to work. I’ll have to put those aside and do what I can with the rest. It’ll go well. That’s how I’ll maintain myself.
For us journalists and the fans, your fight with Gagnon was incredible. Have you had a chance to re-watch it yet?
Yes, I have. I’m very satisfied with my performance and physical conditioning. I felt like the longer the fight went, the more I was getting my second wind, and gaining in self-confidence. Without a doubt, I was climbing to the peak of the mountain. In every fight you get things right and you make mistakes. You need to recognize the mistakes and work on them.
At the end of the fight, you landed on your neck. It looked quite serious. How is it a week later, and was your neck injured?
I was lucky. The day after the fight I was driven to the hospital, they thought I might have fractured something in my neck. But there was nothing like that, no severe sprains. A week later, my neck is still a bit hurt, but I’m very luck it was nothing worse.
Does that scare you, or make you want to stop? It’s potentially quite serious.
No, I don’t think so. It doesn’t intimidate me at all. Those types of accidents are quite rare in the sport. I do count myself lucky that it wasn’t more serious. But I’ve recovered in a week. I can start training again and stay in shape. So no, it won’t stop me.
Could you feel that it was an incredible fight?
Yeah, you can feel it, feel the fans, but you can’t really believe that people are loving it in that way. I gave 100 per cent. I was in good positions, and some worse ones, but I always managed to get out and give Gagnon trouble. There was no down time, it was one after another after another, so I’m glad people really appreciated the fight.
Lastly, when do you think you’ll be able to fight again, and what kind of opponent are you looking for?
I don’t know yet. I think I’ll keep going because I like this. I’ll taking my time, I’m not in a hurry. I’m going to work my strengths and my weaknesses. As soon as the little injuries are dealt with, I’m ready to resume. It’s still unclear in my head the way the fight ended. So no question I’d like to clarify that, and see who can make the other give up, or who can finish the fight in a way other than how it ended.
Thank you very much.
Perfect, it was a pleasure. Thank you.