No one would ever believe how excited I am to finally have this interview booked. And even more excited to actually do the interview. This has been in the works for eight months. I actually started trying to get this interview right before the finale of TUF 14. This interview was well worth the wait to get. You could not find a nicer more down to Earth person than Bryan Caraway.
With no further hesitation here is my interview with Bryan.
MMABeats: What has been the biggest change in your life since being on The Ultimate Fighter 14 ??
Bryan: Being able to fight in the UFC and doing what I love to do for a living. My quality of life has changed dramatically as well. Being able to train and having top of the line suppliments and high quality foods, and also having an actual place to live instead of living in an RV.
MMABeats: How is the thumb doing? Did you have to have surgery ??
Bryan: I am super close to 100% recovery with my thumb. It was a 50/50 chance of having to have the surgery or not having it. The break wasnt to the point of definitely having to have the surgery so the doctor casted it and kept it immobile until it was healed and good to go.
MMABeats: What has been the hardest part of this camp for you ?
Bryan: The lifestyle change. When fighting at 145 I could pretty much eat whatever I wanted and not really have to worry about having to watch what I eat. This time around it was even harder than normal because I had the broken thumb and couldn’t workout like I would have liked to and got the heaviest I have ever been, which was 175 pounds. Going from 175 to 135 has been a challenge but I am dedicated and getting down to 135. The last three months I have been eating vegan. Juicing has been a big part of this camp. Been drinking lots of fruits and veggies. Changing eating habits has been the hardest part of all.
MMABeats: What have you missed most this camp?
Bryan: Fried foods.
MMABeats: What will be your post weigh-in meal?
Bryan: A healthy clean meal. Complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat pasta and grilled chicken and lots of vegatables.
MMABeats: What will your post-fight meal be ?
Bryan: Fried food and cupcakes. Probably enough to make me sick but I will enjoy it in the process!
MMABeats: What is the best / worst part of being a fighter??
Bryan: The best part of being being a fighter is being given the opportunity to live the dream and to be able to do what you love to do and get paid to do it. The worst part of being a fighter is lack of job security and no consistent pay and having to live by the skin of your teeth to just barely get by.
MMABeats: Who is your opponent for UFC 149 ??
Bryan: Mitch Gagnon and i will be fighting at featherweight.
You can watch Bryan Caraway’s fight on FX on Saturday night. You can Follow Bryan on twitter @BryanCaraway
I would just like to say thank Bryan for the interview ! I can’t wait to see you fight on Saturday!