PDG: Thanks for taking out the time to sit down and have this interview.
Proctor: Yeah, no problem at all.
PDG: The first question I’ve got for you is, what made you start mixed martial arts? Was it your intention to become a professional mixed martial artists or did it start out as a hobby?
Proctor: When I first started out it was a hobby. One of my best friends, Joe Cushman, who fights locally and has worked his way up, introduced me to it and said, “You really should come try it. It’s a good work out.” I was always into lifting and hockey. So I said yeah I’ll come try it out. I went in there and fell in love with it. I was getting tapped out left and right. But I also never expected to be in the UFC. I actually didn’t want to fight when they first asked me to fight. I was totally against it.
PDG: How did you get introduced to Joe Lauzon and his gym?
Proctor: That is where I first started training. That is where I took my first classes. I have been training with him the whole time. After I first started training, they noticed my interest and thought that I had some talent. They asked me to fight and I said, “No absolutely not.” I had no desire to fight at all. They ended up convincing me to fight and it is all history from there. I have been fighting every few months and even getting some wins.