Michael Ballard is a long time professional mixed martial artist competing out of Remedy BJJ Academy in Pensacola, FL. He is a multiple-time Combat Jiu-Jitsu veteran and is the reigning Shogun FC Lightweight Combat Jiu-Jitsu champion and is a multiple-time ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO veteran.
In 2018, he was one-half of the very first Combat Jiu-Jitsu bout to take place in the state of Tennessee and will look to make history again on February 29th as he competes in Tennessee's first Combat Jiu-Jitsu Grand Prix at ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO 4 for the Featherweight ENDO Athletics Jiu-Jitsu PRO Championship.
Recently we were able to catch up with him to get his thoughts on his opening round opponent as well as the Grand Prix as a whole:
Brandon Sagraves is an amateur mixed martial artist training and competing out of Wisconsin. On November 2nd he will be stepping into the cage for the 14th time in his career and will be taking on Cody Linne at PURE FC 15 in Milwaukee, WI at the Miller High Life Theatre. ENDO Athletics will be sponsoring Sagraves for the fight and recently was able to catch up with him before his upcoming mma bout:
EA: How were you introduced to martial arts?
Sagraves: I started martial arts back in grade school I was picked on and bullied as a kid for my size so I started teaching myself Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and any other form of grappling that interested me and taught other kids in my area to be able to learn and grow.