Jeremy Horn: Technique in MMA has gone downhill, mostly
positively as well.
JB: What do you think of the current state of the sport of MMA and how it has evolved over the past twenty years? What issues are most important to you in the sport?
JH: The sport today is quite a ways from where it was. The athletes are way better, but, honestly, I think the technique has gone downhill for the most part. There are, of course, exceptions, but for the most part, I think what we have today coming up are fighters who are well-conditioned, aggressive, and want to "bang." I hate that term. To me that sounds like, "I want to close my eyes and swing as hard as I can, and if he grabs me Iím going to hold on and wait for a standup." I love seeing guys who are skilled in whatever area they chose, but you have to go out there to finish fights. If you want to stand, fine, move forward and throw strikes. And when you get him hurt, go for it. You canít fight backing up all the time. If you want to grapple, fine, move forward and take him down, pass his guard, and submit him. I donít like seeing guys take someone down and then not try to pass or guys who say they want to stand but clearly have little to no footwork or defense.
JB: What else do you enjoy outside of training and fighting, and who are the individuals who have supported you most in life?
JH: Iím a big gamer. I have been called somewhat of gun-nut as well. I shoot quite often. Other than that things come and go but those are the main ones. As far as support goes it would have to be Jennifer Howe, my girlfriend. She has been by my side for a long time and has always supported me without question.
JB: Last question, Jeremy, and thanks for taking the time to do this. What does it mean to you to be a fighter and how much do you enjoy it?
JH: Thatís a hard one to answer because I donít know what itís like to not be a fighter. This is my life and always has been.