Next up for Speer is a fight on April 2nd's Ultimate Fight Night card where he'll step into the octagon with Anthony Johnson. I recently had the chance to catch up with Tommy and discuss the upcoming fight and a few other things.
SS: Thanks for finding the time Tommy.
TS: No problem.
SS: Tell our readers how you got into mixed martial arts?TS: Growing up I saw the events on pay per view. I was always very competitive, playing college football and wrestling. I went to a local show in Minnesota and thought I love the attention these guys are getting. I saw some of the guys fighting and said to myself, I can beat these guys up. I ended up dropping out of college to fight after that.
SS: Who are some the fighters you're training with now?
TS: A lot of great fighters and hard workers. Matt Hughes, Robbie Lawler, Clay French, a bunch of solid all around guys.
SS: What are the main things you're focusing on during training?
TS: Honestly, being on The Ultimate Fighter taught me how good I wasn't. I need to work off my back more and be more technical. I work on all parts of my game, wrestling jiu-jitsu, and striking. I want to compete at the highest level and need to be well rounded.
SS: What are your long term goals in the sport?TS: This will sound stupid, but I want to make enough money to pay off my family's farm debt. My parents were great to me and feel that's what I can do to repay them. Other than that, I want to climb the ladder, become a ranked fighter, and then become champion of the world.
SS: You lost a tough one to Mac, are you preparing different or putting more pressure on yourself after a loss like that?
TS: I like the situation I'm in right now. My next fight is the first one of the night. When I lost to Mac, I was pretty upset with myself. I let the hype get to me. I was anxious and folded under the pressure. Going into this next fight, I'll be more prepared and more mature.
SS: You've got Anthony Johnson on April 2nd, what do you know about him and how are you preparing?
TS: I know he's taller than me and has a long reach. He has knockout power in his right hand and is a good wrestler. He's going to bring lots of energy and it might be tough to stand with him.
SS: Well Tommy, I look forward to the upcoming fight and wish you much success in your UFC career.
TS; Thanks a lot, I appreciate it.