“The Freight Train” Gabe Rednose is currently a heavyweight amateur fighter who holds a 7-2 record. He recently competed in the IMMAF Pan American Championship where he made it to the finals, but came up short. Regardless of the outcome, he still impressed and has a bright future.
Check out the Q&A with the Oklahoma product…
First of all, how did you get started in MMA?
I went to wrestle in college after high school and found out school wasn’t for me, and still had the itch to compete… So I found MMA.
I know it wasnt until recently that you started to fully pursue MMA. At what point did you realize this is your path to pursue?
After meeting my coach, Joe Stevenson. He’s made it to the top and knows a lot about this sport and what it takes. I trust him a lot to guide me in the right direction.
Where do you currently train and how were you first introduced to the team?
I train under Joe Stevenson at Cobra Kai in Victorville, California. While I’m home in Oklahoma, I train under Professor Lovato Jr.
Going back to your first loss, what was your thought process after the fight? What was your biggest takeaway?
I’m glad I took the short-notice fight I lost back in 2019, it helped me grow in many different ways.
For the fans that have never watched you before, what should they expect from you in the cage?
I’m a wrestler at heart, so I’ll always be hunting for the takedown.
How was your full experience competing in IMMAF? I know you came just short, but you did get a win and made a good name for yourself?
The experience I got from Pan Ams was great, wasn’t my overall goal but I’m not going to let that 1 loss define who I am as a person, fighter, and father. I’ll be back, and I’ll catch him at the world tournament in Abu Dubai.
Coming off that loss, how have you dealt with it? You got caught pretty quickly, but were doing great up until the finish. How is this setback gonna improve you as a fighter?
I had dominant control of the fight leading up until that moment. Kudos to him, he caught me where I was most vulnerable. I’ll take it as it comes and learn from my mistakes.
What are your plans now after IMMAF? Is fighting locally the most likely option? Have you thought about when to turn pro or not?
The world tournament is next. If not, yes I’ll be making my pro debut soon.
Is 205 where you plan to stay? Or is there still interest in going back up to fight at heavyweight?
I’m walking around at 200lbs right now, and have been for the last 3 months. I plan to make my pro debut at 185lbs when that time comes.
Without fighting, where do you think you would be?
Without fighting, I think I’d be in the same spot I am now. I’m blessed with a great family, and a great job working at the casino.
Why do you fight?
I fight because I’m trying to make a name for myself and give my family a better life.