Full Name: Dallas Jakobi
Hometown: East London
Sponsors: Bad Boy; Custom Truck Spares; Direct Equipment Solutions; War Supplements; Auto Collision; RBS Yamaha; Ashley Ave Pharmacy; AFL; Hunter MMA
Fight record: 11 wins 4 losses
How long have you been competing in MMA?
What is your fighting style, who is your coach and what is your academy?
I’m an all-round fighter, Rhynne Hassan is my coach and I fight out of GBH.
How did you get involved with MMA?
I always enjoyed martial arts and did karate for many years as a youngster. Then when I was at varsity I started training with Rhynne and the rest is history.
What did you think of EFC 08?
Awesome fight card, really good match ups and a great night for fighters and fans alike.
You won your fight against Wade Henderson! You guys had a good stand up fight and Wade tried to get you into a triangle which you got out of and then won in the 2nd round by TKO. How did you feel the fight went and did you expect anything different?
I was expecting Wade to bring it all to the cage like he always does. He came with some much improved boxing skills but I knew once I got the fight to the ground it was mine.
Who would you like to fight next in the EFC?
I don’t mind who EFC put in front of me. I will fight anyone they put in the cage with me. I think I’ve done enough in the middle weight division to get a shot at the belt, which is currently around Gareth’s waist, so that’s what I want.
What are your goals for 2011?
That middleweight title I spoke of before.
Do you train full time or do you have a day job?
I’m a Medical Rep by day.
What goes into training for an upcoming fight?
My coach has a very stringent program that all The GBH fighters go through when we prepare for a fight.
What is your favourite move, submission or way to win a fight?
It’s the GBH G‘n P.
Explain a day in the life of Dallas Jakobi?
I wake up at 5am for interval training with my conditioning coaches and then I do a bit of Focus pads. I then head home for breakfast, shower and then off to work. In the evenings I am back at the Shuriken for training. I then head home for dinner and relax with my wife for a bit and then off to bed.
What are your thoughts on the domination of Fight Fit Militia in the EFC?
I think they have a good formula that is working for them and they are setting a good standard.
MMA is definitely one awesome sport and one of the fastest growing sports in the world. What would you say to people that have stereotyped cage fighters as guys that go out and fight in clubs and bars and start up their own gangs?
We are pro athletes and fight only to test our skills against other trained athletes. Also some of the most humble and down to earth guys I’ve ever met are fighters.
What music gets you hyped up for a fight?
My walk out song is Blind by Korn and I know it’s game time when I hear it playing
Which local fighter do you respect and look up to?
I respect anyone that is willing to put in the time and effort to compete in MMA at pro level.
You have an awesome array of tattoos – do any of them have any meaning and will you be getting more?
My tattoos have no meaning. I just really like the Polynesian style and I’m only getting started. I need to complete my arm and still a bit on my back, then we can see where to from there.
What one thing excites you about fight night?
I think the question you should be asking me would be,” What doesn’t excite me about fight night?”
Have you ever been abroad to go train in different disciplines? If not – would you like to and where would you go?
I have never been abroad to train but, I think if I was to go, Thailand would definitely be my first choice so that I could sharpen up on my Muay Thai.
Do you have any female fans that stalk you?
Not that I know of.
If given the opportunity to try an alternative sport – what would you like to try?
I don’t know if you get a sport more extreme than MMA, although bungy jumping or sky diving might be a bit of a rush.
What is the worst injury you have gotten from a fight?
I dislocated my shoulder and tore the ligaments; that put me out of fighting for a bit.
What is the best way to recover when gassing out?
You should be training hard enough before the fight so that you are fit enough not to gas.
What advice would you give to someone looking at getting started in MMA?
Find a good camp to train at. Even though you step in the cage alone you need to train with a team. Then start getting some experience and start competing. If you really want to be noticed then compete in some of the big amateur events like AFL.
Do you have any rituals when walking into the cage?
Nothing as I’m walking into the cage but I have a whole lot of little rituals that I have in place and follow from when I have to make weight to when I step into the cage. That’s just how things are.
Can fans follow you on Facebook or Twitter? How can they find you?
I’m on Facebook at the moment but not on Twitter as yet and will be setting up a website in the next month.