Testing New Skills: Hollett Takes Greg Jackson Experience to W-1
Roger Hollett is one of the nicest dudes you can meet. However, while he will not turn green when he gets angry, Roger “The Hulk” Hollett can easily turn on the switch to fight mode when he steps in the cage. The Hulk will trump into the cage on Saturday against Mychal Clark at W-1: New Ground. Hollett just sees it as another day on the job.
“He is just my next opponent,” says Hollett. “I am looking just to get back on track. I was just down in New Mexico and had a really hard training camp. I am feeling really good, I am ready and I feel like I am back on the saddle.”
While Hollett lives and trains in Halifax, he talks about coming back from the southwest area of the US. He decided to take his training up a notch and go to one of the top MMA gyms on the planet, Greg Jackson’s Submissions Fighting. Jackson has been the mastermind behind some of the best fighters in MMA including Goerges St-Pierre, Rashad Evans and Jon Jones just to name a few. While Hollett may have traveled a long way for training, the reason was to get back to basics.
“I just wanted to get my head right again,” says Hollett. “I wanted to get away from everything, I wanted to get refocused again on why I started off doing this. I got down there, I’m refocused, I’m hungry again and I am feeling good.”
It looks like we could see a new Hollett after a trip to the desert. While he has got a new look into his career, the experience was also something to remember.
“Everybody down there is super awesome,” says Hollett. “Everybody is like family, giving it there all and it was a really good time. Every day was a frigging war. If you go in there and you are not on guard, you are in for a hard workout.”
Throughout his career, Hollett has seen some ups and downs. When his career first started in 2006, he started off with a bang going 7-0 with wins over Victor Valimaki and former CFL fullback Mike Maurer and he was able to capture the Extreme Cage Combat and Maximum Fighting Championship Light-Heavyweight titles. It seemed that the stars were going to line up for him and he would be making it into the UFC but a torn ACL against Lew Polley at ECC 6 put him on the shelf for over a year. Since then, he has looked good going 3-2 but he did lose his MFC title in the process. This has not back-tracked his rise though. While he is fighting for W-1 and there are rumors of a match against former hockey tough man Steve Bosse at the next W-1 event, he does have a contract with Bellator Fighting Championship. While he is still waiting to hear when he will get a chance to fight in the United States, some other small issues need to get sorted out first.
“I am just trying to work out some visa stuff,” says Hollett. “They are still trying to put together the card. I don’t think it will be too much longer but I am still signed with them.”
With the way things are looking, Hollett could pick up where he left off when he was a undefeated wrecking machine. A win against Clark will be a good start towards that path.