After his victory at the ECCF event last night I caught up with up and coming young fighter Syl Bynum. Here is what he had to say:
ECCF Fighter Profile
Syl Bynum (3-1)
Rich Wyatt: Tell our readers a little bit about yourself. Where are you from and where do you fight out of?
Syl Bynum: I’m 25 years old and I’m originally from Goldsboro, but I’ve been living in
Rich Wyatt: In my opinion your fight was the best of the night. It seemed to be a real back and forth battle with constant action. It was lot of fun to watch as a fan, man. You had to overcome adversity to get the win. How did you think things went out there tonight?
Syl Bynum: My opponent was very strong. He was a little bigger than me. I wanted to try and stand a little more than usual. I’ve had a minor knee injury so I wasn’t as comfortable going down to the ground unless I had to. I wanted to land some strikes but the ground game worked for me. I’ve been wrestling for awhile and I’ve got a lot of state champion level wrestlers at my gym to train with. I was fortunate tonight that things worked in my favor.
Rich Wyatt: One of the other reasons I gave you credit for fight of the night was that you faced such a skilled opponent. Bonds has a good reputation and showed again tonight why he is viewed as such a skilled fighter. To me that makes your performance against him all the more impressive. Did you know anything about him coming into this fight?
Syl Bynum: One of my teammates had fought on the same card that he did recently and I got a chance to see him there. I knew he was really strong and a good striker. I studied him a bit and I tried to adapt my gameplan to not play to his strengths. I felt like I might have a few more tricks up my sleeve in the ground game.
Rich Wyatt: What do you feel like your strengths are as a fighter?
Syl Bynum: I feel like I’m getting better with my hands. I don’t see myself as having a particular style. I never wrestled in high school. I consider myself average at everything so I try to gear my gameplan toward what my opponent is weaker at. I’ve got a new boxing coach. He’s been training me recently and I’ve gotten better with my standup.
Rich Wyatt: Do you see yourself staying busy? When would you like to fight next?
Syl Bynum: Well, ECCF has a big event coming up on June 13th in
Rich Wyatt: Thanks for taking time to talk with MMAForReal.com.
Syl Bynum: Thank you guys very much.