Life’s a Journey: Ian Butler


Video courtesy of Warcry Media House.

Our one-on-one interview with Bellator fighter and local San Diegan Ian Butler who looks to continue his journey in the mixed martial arts world Friday, May 15, 2015 at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California.

For Ian Butler, life has been a journey. It has been a journey with bumps in the road, unexpected detours along the way, and insurmountable roadblocks that only a few could get over. The journey continues this Friday, May 15, 2015 at Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California as Bellator MMA makes its way south for Bellator 137.

Butler, a rising star in the mixed martial arts game, looks to make his first appearance in 2015 and rebound from a tough loss in November 2014. After going through a tough childhood, which has been well-documented, Butler made his way through the local MMA landscape in St. Louis before ending up here in San Diego.

“Being here in San Diego permanently has been a relief. I am training with some of the best in the world. If it wasn’t for the last fight where I loss, I probably never would made the move to San Diego,” says Butler.

It was in November 2014, at Bellator’s biggest event, which was headlined by Tito Ortiz against Stephan Bonnar that Butler first came into the media spotlight. After grabbing the attention of media row during the open workouts and press conference, Butler squared off against a tough grappler who earned a win against Butler in the main event of the preliminary fight card.

As Butler explains, the loss, while unexpected, comes with many lessons that inevitably will improve his game. “I learned a lot from that fight. I knew I needed to increase my training. Now that I am here in San Diego, I know I am training with the best. Being here in San Diego and fighting in front of these people is going to be so exciting. I just can’t wait bottom line. All the support here has been great,” Butler tells me.

While ‘trial by fire’ is one way to learn, Butler has engaged two MMA legends to assist him with expediting the learning curve and catapulting his fight game to the next level. Enter Chris “The Crippler” Leben and Dean “Boogeyman” Lister. For Butler, the wealth of knowledge, friendship and oversight these two legends provide is something that cannot be duplicated. Butler himself considers himself lucky to have this advantage.

“Mentally I am so much stronger. My loss in November showed me what I needed to improve on. And asking Chris (Leben) and Dean (Lister) what they had to go through after a tough loss has helped me become mentally stronger. It is something I am going to carry from here on out. They are my everything right now. I see them every day and every day I get better. Also, I have Juan Estrada for my boxing. That is an added advantage for me,” Butler explains.

When asked how Friday’s fight will go, Butler, speaking like a true veteran of the sport said quite simply, “Hands down I am ready . . . and that is all that matters.”

Be sure to check out Bellator 137 live on Spike TV, Friday, May 15, 2015. Follow Warcry Media House and THEFIGHTVOICE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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