Ben Forsyth stops by our store for a video shoot with Onnit Supplements

Ben Forsyth stops by our store for a video shoot with Onnit Supplements

Last weekend we had the pleasure of meeting Ben Forsyth. Ben stopped by our store to shoot an ad for that will be out on Saturday the 11th of July. Ben kindly gave us a few minutes to get to know him better and ask the questions we think you would like to know the answers to…

Q. First off, for all the readers that don’t know you, tell us a bit about yourself…

I’m a Mixed Martial Artist from Dublin with extreme self belief and drive.

Q. How did you get in to the sport?

It was a natural progression.  Tae Kwon Do age 6, then kickboxing, boxing, muay thai, eventually BJJ at about 18 and first MMA fight at 19.

Q. Why did you stick with MMA?

I liked the freedom of it.  The realness.  I was never a fan of limitations in style and padding and headguards whilst competing.  My first MMA fight just felt right.

Q. What’s your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight?

Spinning hook kick…expect to see a finish with this soon.

Q. Do you like to stand with your opponents or take them to the ground?

I usually tend to stand but work a lot on wrestling and ground in SBG so I like to use that too when I can.  Usually makes for an easier night too!

Q. What separates you from every other fighter in your division?

I believe that I am the most tenacious Amateur Middleweight in the country.  Only one person in the division has beaten me and it was a close one.  I’m always improving and always moving forward.  I like to outwork everyone.

Q. How would you describe your relationship with SBG?Ben Forsyth at Fightstore PRO Ireland 2015

My relationship with SBG is purely physical. (great sense of humour!)

Q. How would you describe yourself as a fighter?

Hard working, self driven, tenacious.

Q. How do you spend your days training and what are you doing outside of the gym?

I work a 9-5.  I try to get a 6.30am session in as much as I can.  Then train for an hour for my lunch. Then either train or coach in the evenings.  I mix it up with a balanced amount of strength and conditioning work as well as hot yoga too.

Q. Do you have a strict diet you stick to and what does it consist of?

A lot of good stuff, and a little bit of bad ;).

Q. What supplements do you take at the moment and what would you recommend to other athletes?

I only take a few supplements.  Hemp protein, creatine monohydrate in the mornings, a supergreen supplement called Earth grown nutrients, Some Alpha Brain and a multivitamin in the mornings too.  Powerful Ireland sort me out and I have a great relationship with them.  Been with them since the start and will be until the end.

Q. What do you consider to be your best fight?

I felt really good against Johnny Bowden but haven’t seen the tape yet!

Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

To date, the one that’s meant the most to me was getting my blue belt from John.

Q. If you weren’t fighting, what would you do for a living?

Running my own company, although that’s in the works anyway.  I like to keep busy, like very busy.  I thrive on it.

Q. Who are your idols and who inspires you?

Hmmm tough question.  I’d say GSP is a big one. Conor for his work ethic and self belief.  John for his pure dedication.  There are many.  Inspiration can be taken from anywhere if you look hard enough.

Q. What’s your favorite fight of all time?

Dillashaw vs Barao.  Watch it!

Q. When is your next fight and how do you feel about it?

This Sunday, 5th of July, on Kumite II.  I feel excellent.  Very excited to see how I’ll perform.  I’ve worked extremely hard the past few months and can’t wait to see the fruits of my labour.

Q. What is your plan for 2016?Ben Forsyth at Fight Store PRO Ireland

Keep moving forward.

Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I don’t like thinking too far ahead but I am hoping to have my own house.  That would be nice.

Q. What is your advice to someone looking to take up MMA, or any other contact sport?

If you’re passionate about it.  Go for it.  Just find what you love,  forget what everyone says, through caution to the  wind and just go for it.

Q. Your message to the readers?

Follow me on twitter @Spydermonkeymma 🙂 (Ben Forsyth is also on Facebook)

Random questions:
Do you enjoy reading? What are some of your favorite books?

Love reading.  I have a lot of favourite books but if I have to recommend one it would be the War of Art by Stephen Pressfield.


Music depends on my mood but ranges from Ben Howard to Stone Sour.  I love all movies too.


Sucker for Romantic comedies and comedies in general.  Looking forward to Ted 2!!

Fightstore PRO would like to wish Ben Forsyth good luck on his upcoming fight and if there is anything we missed, feel free to ask in the comments below.

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