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· On The Spot ~ Eliot Marshall

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Eliot ‘The Fire’ Marshall is a former Ring of Fire Light Heavyweight champion, and recent contestant on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. With a 6-1 MMA record. Eliot’s martial arts background started at a young age…

After graduating from Delsea Regional High School, The Fire Marshall attended The University of Colorado. He met Amal Easton during his sophomore year and began training in BJJ. While in college he competed regularly in BJJ and submission grappling. Eliot graduated college with a bachelr’s degree in mathematics in 2002.

After college Eliot dedicated himself to the art of BJJ. He has won the Pan American games 4 times and is a 9 time Grappler’s Quest Champion. In 2004 he married his wife Renee. Eliot began his (MMA) career in February of 2006. All of his wins are by submission or TKO
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Chris McClain ( had an opportunity to get a few quick questions in with the recent Ultimate Fighter contestant, Eliot Marshall. The following is an excerpt of that interview:

CM: Any ideas on who or when you are fighting next? If not, is there an opponent you had in mind?
EM: No not yet, I try not to get into that kind of thinking. Whoever they put in front of me is fine with me.

CM: What made you decide to start training in BJJ?
EM: I did karate for 13 yrs. Towards the end of my karate career a bunch of the guys I knew started doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They showed me a little and, from there, I was hooked.

CM: How did you determine it was time to make the transition from exhibitions and competitions to MMA?
EM: I was taking a shower one night, and my wife said “it’s time to either start fighting or move on with your life.”

CM: What are the positives and negatives about being a mixed martial artist?
EM: You get to go out and test yourself and find out what you are truly made of and the lifestyle you get to live are the positives. However, in the beginning you don’t get paid much of anything so it is difficult to get started.

CM: Are you still training at Greg Jackson’s camp? What made you decide to train there?
EM: I’ve been training there for almost two years now. Nate trains there and has been part of the team for some time now; so I started training with Greg too.

CM: How do you feel about your experience on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF)?
EM: It opened the door for me to get in the UFC. I learned how to fight under very uncomfortable conditions, which is very important. As far as fighting goes, now I’m in the UFC. I have more sponsorship opportunities and more people recognize me because i was on TV.

CM: Is there anything about TUF you think they should change?
EM: No, people just need to realize its not really reality.

CM: Is there anyone that sticks out as to contributing the most to your career?
EM: First and foremost, Amal Easton. And over the past couple years, Duane Ludwig, Greg Jackson, and Trevor Whitman. Of course, my wife has been very supportive.

CM: Do you feel BJJ is the best base to start off with in MMA?
EM: I do. I’m a little biased though. Jiu Jitsu teaches you how to survive. that is what its all about. Secondly, in the beginning of your career nobody is good enough to avoid the ground, so you might as well get good at it.

CM: Who do you think is the most dangerous grappler in MMA?
EM: Roger Gracie

CM: Are you planning on doing grappling competitions any time soon? Or just sticking to MMA?
EM: Just MMA for the time being.

CM: Are there any fighters you look up to or admire?
EM: Renzo Gracie

by Chris McClain

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