Know Your Fighter: Laurence Whitesmith

Full Name:

Laurence Whitesmith

Age:

20

Where were you born:

England

Where do you live:

Willetton, Western Australia

Which gym do you train out of:

Scrappy mma

Who are your coaches:

Ben vickers, Ryan gray, Jack becker,Josh della, Jack della, Pablo Torrealba

What belts or rankings do you currently posses as a martial artist:

Blue belt in jiu jitsu Black belt in kungfu

What sports or activities did you participate in growing up:

Footy and cricket for a little bit. But since 12 only MMA

When did you begin to take MMA seriously as a hobby and then as a potential profession:

Started doing it as a hobby at 12, realised at 14 I can make a career of this

Favourite aspect of training or favourite session of the week, and why:

Favourite aspect of training would be trying to get better every day and having a good scrap with the boys. Favourite session of the week is Wednesday wrestling because it’s horrible.

What are your greatest strengths as an athlete or a fighter:

Athleticism, ability to pick things up fast,mindset

How would you describe your fighting style:

Fundamentally sound with a bit of flair

What is your favourite sport and why:

MMA because what else is there to like

Who is your favourite athlete:

Probably Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. Because of their unbelievable mental strength and work ethic

Who is your favourite combat sports athlete:

Jack della. He’s got the coolest fighting style and seeing all the 1%’s that he does inspires me to do the same

What are your immediate and long term goals:

Immediate goals are to win as many fights as possible pick up an eternal belt. Long term goal is to be remembered in the ufc as one of the best

When fans see your name on a fight poster, what should they expect:

High level skilful violence

How do you see your upcoming fight playing out:

I see the first round being pretty hectic. But I’ll dominate and show how good I know I am

A final message to any friends, family and supporters:

Love all you guys

Where will any fans or supporters be able to find you socials:

Instagram: @laurencemanchild

Know Your Fighter: Dan Jones

Full Name:

Daniel Jones

Age:

33

Where were you born:

Perth, Western Australia

Where do you live:

Perth, Western Australia

Which gym do you train out of:

Luistro combat academy

Who are your coaches:

Romel luistro

What belts or rankings do you currently posses as a martial artist:

None

What sports or activities did you participate in growing up:

Athletics, football, bmx, skateboarding

When did you begin to take MMA seriously as a hobby and then as a potential profession:

20

Favourite aspect of training or favourite session of the week, and why:

Sparring, simulation

What are your greatest strengths as an athlete or a fighter:

Composed. Big hand’s, big kick’s, big wrestling

How would you describe your fighting style:

Pressure

What is your favourite sport and why:

Mma, chosen sport

Who is your favourite athlete:

No one particular, depends on their beliefs and values despite success in their chosen field. Who their sponsors, funding/ donors are. If they are authentic or if they self censor to keep themselves monetised on platforms. Add to that do they critical think and did they fall for the covid psyop to stay relevant.

Who is your favourite combat sports athlete:

Mike tyson or Jon Jones on ability alone and charisma in their dialogue.

What are your immediate and long term goals:

Immediate = current fight Long term = continue competition succeeding, ufc onwards.

When fans see your name on a fight poster, what should they expect:

G.B.H …. Grievous bodily harm

How do you see your upcoming fight playing out:

Consume said individual

A final message to any friends, family and supporters:

Thank you to my family and LCA for the training and support for many years.

Where will any fans or supporters be able to find you socials:

Instagram: @Promaz2

Twitter: @Promaz02

Know Your Fighter: Anthony Drilich

Full Name:

Anthony Drilich

Age:

29

Where were you born:

Logan,Queensland

Where do you live:

Perth, Western Australia

Which gym do you train out of:

Scrappy mma

Who are your coaches:

Ben Vickers, Brandon Drilich

What belts or rankings do you currently posses as a martial artist:

Ranked #10 pro men’s bantamweight Australia and new Zealand

What sports or activities did you participate in growing up:

Bjj, boxing, judo, mma, rugby, archery, mauy thai

When did you begin to take MMA seriously as a hobby and then as a potential profession:

Took mma seriously as a hobby around 13 and as a profession in my mid 20s

Favourite aspect of training or favourite session of the week, and why:

Favourite aspect would be technique and sparring. Learn new skills and techniques and apply them in sparring and see what works and how to apply that move in a practical setting.

What are your greatest strengths as an athlete or a fighter:

My willing to fight to the end and my pure dedication to martial arts

How would you describe your fighting style:

Clinical, precise and explosive

What is your favourite sport and why:

Mma for the fact that there’s always room to improve and get better and learn.

Who is your favourite athlete:

Manny Pacquiao

Who is your favourite combat sports athlete:

Fedor emelianenko

What are your immediate and long term goals:

To win and take over my division

When fans see your name on a fight poster, what should they expect:

That somone is going to get put to sleep

How do you see your upcoming fight playing out:

Victory by ko/tko

A final message to any friends, family and supporters:

My love and respect to the people who help and support me on my path to victory

Where will any fans or supporters be able to find you socials:

Facebook: Anthony Drilich

Instagram: @drilichmma

Know Your Fighter: Julian Giustiniano

Full Name:

Julian Giustiniano

Age:

26

Where were you born:

Perth Australia

Where do you live:

Perth Australia

Which gym do you train out of:

Bravos bjj and the LLC

Who are your coaches:

Oliver Barley and Rodrigo Giraldes

What belts or rankings do you currently posses as a martial artist:

Blue belt BJJ Black belt TKD

What sports or activities did you participate in growing up:

Rugby, wrestling, tae kwon doe, mma

When did you begin to take MMA seriously as a hobby and then as a potential profession:

15 when I started my wrestling career. Full mma training at 21

Favourite aspect of training or favourite session of the week, and why:

Sparring, grappling and running

What are your greatest strengths as an athlete or a fighter:

Grappling and strength.

How would you describe your fighting style:

High pressure wrestleboxing

What is your favourite sport and why:

MMA. Nothing compares to it.

Who is your favourite athlete:

Ray Lewis

Who is your favourite combat sports athlete:

Frankie Edgar

What are your immediate and long term goals:

Eternal featherweight champion and contender series.

When fans see your name on a fight poster, what should they expect:

High pace and people being thrown

How do you see your upcoming fight playing out:

Finish in the 3rd

A final message to any friends, family and supporters:

Whether you want me to win or not thanks for taking the time to watch 😁

Where will any fans or supporters be able to find you socials:

Instagram: @julian_g_157

Know Your Fighter: Quillan Salkilld

Full Name:

Quillan Salkilld

Age:

23

Where were you born:

Perth

Where do you live:

Perth

Which gym do you train out of:

Luistro combat academy

Who are your coaches:

Romel luistro (head coach) Tom Barns (wrestling) Toby smith (Muay Thai)

What belts or rankings do you currently posses as a martial artist:

Brown belt jiu Jitsu

What sports or activities did you participate in growing up:

Australian rules football Skateboarding

When did you begin to take MMA seriously as a hobby and then as a potential profession:

Started training in March 2018 and I knew I wanted to make it my career after my first amateur win in November 2018.

Favourite aspect of training or favourite session of the week, and why:

Tuesday wrestling practice is my favourite session of the week.

What are your greatest strengths as an athlete or a fighter:

The ability to learn and apply new skills consistently.

How would you describe your fighting style:

Gangsta

What is your favourite sport and why:

Other than mma I’d say AFL The game is so dynamic it is very entertaining to watch and fun to play.

Who is your favourite athlete:

Magnus Carlson

Who is your favourite combat sports athlete:

Mike Tyson

What are your immediate and long term goals:

To get to the ufc and become their lightweight champion

When fans see your name on a fight poster, what should they expect:

An exciting fight that won’t go the distance

How do you see your upcoming fight playing out:

I’ll get the finish inside 2 rounds.

A final message to any friends, family and supporters:

Thank you to all my Family and friends for all the support over last 5 years. I’ve been blessed to have you all along for the journey so far. Let’s keep it going.

Where will any fans or supporters be able to find you socials:

Instagram – @quillansalkilld

Know Your Fighter: Shannon Staples

Full Name:

Shannon Staples

Age:

30

Where were you born:

Como, Western Australia.

Where do you live:

Willagee, Western Australia

Which gym do you train out of:

Wilkes Academy

Who are your coaches:

Dave Wilkes Matt Erceg Steve Erceg

What belts or rankings do you currently posses as a martial artist:

No belts in anything. Only train within the MMA classes.

What sports or activities did you participate in growing up:

Played basketball tennis and football growing up. Top two sports was definitely basketball and tennis. Played in both state grades for each sport. MMA is deff my worse sport and wish you could just swap out skills from one sport to another.

When did you begin to take MMA seriously as a hoby and then as a potential profession:

MMA for me as always been a sport that I enjoy learning and developing in. I have done so many other sports I feel I reached my limit but MMA so new and always learning and getting beat up at class. It keeps the fuel burning and my competitive drive alive. I didn’t ever think I’d fight. It was a means to stay fit and lose weight as I got fairly close to the 100kg mark after breaking my leg. My first ever fight was my first fight at Eternal and I was so nervous as scared but loved the bright lights and crowd. Here we are now many fights in and next goal would love a pro fight and tick that of the list of accomplishments in sports

Favourite aspect of training or favourite session of the week, and why:

Favorite aspect of training….. I guess that’s when Dave says we going out for dinner and drinks ahah. I love training just for the trash talk we all have together at the gym and banter. I really enjoy seeing the young boys develop and grow and hope for the brightest future for them and always do all I can to help them. Mainly it’s telling them don’t do what I did and try play every sport .lock down and focus on one and be great. I can tell you worst session is wrestling and shark tank rounds with Matt erceg Tough class and even tougher coach. No fun and games during that class but nothing bring more joy if you can get Matt to crack a smile during class

What are your greatest strengths as an athlete or a fighter:

I’d like to think my best strength is managing distance and getting a good read on fighters early. Noticing such small detail or how they throwing combos. My coach Dave has always said that and been calm and relaxed inside the cage. Been able to change stances and fight from both has always been a good mix up and I feel can give me a lot more options then my opponent. I used to say my fitness was a great strength of mine but last few years it’s been a tough one.

How would you describe your fighting style:

Unorthodox style . Throw shots from odd spots and like to mix up my approach alot .. from loose in and out style or in tight guard up style I think that causes alot of different looks for me.

What is your favourite sport and why:

Tough question I love basketball and tennis. Basketball for the banter and the moves and mental games that go on within the game. It’s such a smooth highlight sport. I believe they are the best athletes in the world. Then tennis i love for the opposite. Individual game. So mentally tough and hard. The long sets the no coaching. How quickly a tennis match can change and your never out of a match with the scoring system. Choose which ever. Love them both

Who is your favourite athlete:

Rafal Nadal would have to be my favorite athlete Very close with Allen Iverson but I watched alot more of rafa and was playing the highest level of sport for longer On and off the court Rafal Nadal is a champion Humble kind and complete warrior

Who is your favourite combat sports athlete:

I’m sorry but it’s Conner McGregor Trash talk and banter Smart arse comments it’s my favorite past time Ruthless at time but it’s my favorite thing and he tops it for that Done good and bad for the sport but really exploded MMA around the world

What are your immediate and long term goals:

Immediate Love to get another fight sooner rather then later before I blow out again. Not good having to wait so long been matched up. Long term Love that pro fight experience maybe over east or somthing and hear the boos and hate. I would enjoy that.

When fans see your name on a fight poster, what should they expect:

Fun high paced fight. Most my fights have had back and fourth drama and somthing different and exciting and I always hear the crowd level noise increase. Most of all know they have great song to sing to when I walk out.

How do you see your upcoming fight playing out:

Think it’s going to be a tough war to be honest. High paced and very technical on the feet I don’t see either of us going to the ground. Test out his great boxing hands and a fun finish in the works

A final message to any friends, family and supporters:

You know what I’m about I try to do it all so thanks for coming thanks for buying tickets and supporting me Thanks for the love and support and like always win loose or draw hate or love me it’s a party weekend and let’s have fun now.

Where will any fans or supporters be able to find you socials:

Instagram: @stapless23

Know Your Fighter: Ryan Cooper

Full Name:

Ryan Cooper

Age:

31

Where were you born:

Mount gambier

Where do you live:

Adelaide South Australia

Which gym do you train out of:

M16

Who are your coaches:

Myles Simpson

What belts or rankings do you currently posses as a martial artist:

Purple belt BJJ

What sports or activities did you participate in growing up:

Soccer

When did you begin to take MMA seriously as a hobby and then as a potential profession:

Approximately 25-26

Favourite aspect of training or favourite session of the week, and why:

Wrestling or sparring due to the high intensity of those classes

What are your greatest strengths as an athlete or a fighter:

Constantly in shape and ability to dig deep.

How would you describe your fighting style:

Pressure fighter mixing mainly between boxing and wrestling.

What is your favourite sport and why:

Mixed martial arts as it’s the ultimate combat sport.

Who is your favourite athlete:

Max Holloway

Who is your favourite combat sports athlete:

Max Holloway

What are your immediate and long term goals:

To put myself in position through winning fights to test my self against the best fighters in my division.

When fans see your name on a fight poster, what should they expect:

An entertaining scrap

How do you see your upcoming fight playing out:

Hard fought fight likely to go to the distance with possibilities for a finish in the third.

A final message to any friends, family and supporters:

Thanks for the support.

Where will any fans or supporters be able to find you socials:

Instagram:

@ryancoopermma

@that_cookieguy

Know Your Fighter: Frank Jankowski

Full Name:

Frank Jankowski

Age:

25

Where were you born:

Darwin

Where do you live:

Perth

Which gym do you train out of:

Wolves den

Who are your coaches:

Stephen Walton

What belts or rankings do you currently posses as a martial artist:

Blue belt BJJ

What sports or activities did you participate in growing up:

Judo Kickboxing

When did you begin to take MMA seriously as a hoby and then as a potential profession:

Started doing mma 10 years ago and started fighting 6 years ago

Favourite aspect of training or favourite session of the week, and why:

Favourite part of training is working on my crafts. And socialising with everyone at the gym. My best session of the week is fighters training on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Always a hard push to get better as a athlete

What are your greatest strengths as an athlete or a fighter:

Agility and creativity. Kickboxing and wrestling.

How would you describe your fighting style:

Creative striking and pressure grappling.

What is your favourite sport and why:

MMA because it’s all aspects of martial arts

Who is your favourite athlete:

Alex volkanoski

Who is your favourite combat sports athlete:

Robert Whittaker

What are your immediate and long term goals:

To be fighting as long as possible .

When fans see your name on a fight poster, what should they expect:

A fast and explosive fight to be excited for

How do you see your upcoming fight playing out:

Long hard tough fight with my hand getting raised at the end of it

A final message to any friends, family and supporters:

To be ready for a 5 round war

Where will any fans or supporters be able to find you socials:

Instagram- frank_j53 Facebook – Frank Jankowski

Know Your Fighter: Quillan Salkilld

Eternal MMA sits down with lightweight challenger Quillan Salkilld for a Q&A ahead of his championship fight against Blake Donnelly at Eternal 76.

Age:

23

Where were you born:

I was born in Perth. I spent my most of my childhood in Broome.

Where are you based now:

I am now based in Perth.

Which gym to you train out of:

I train at Luistro Combat Academy.

Who are your coaches:

My main coach in Romel Luistro.

What belts or rankings do you currently possess as a martial artist:

I have received my brown-belt in jiu-jitsu.

What sports or activities did you participate in growing up:

When I was growing up, I got in to skating a lot. That was one of my first dreams – I wanted to be a professional skater. I also got into Aussie Rules footy as well, that was my second dream before MMA – I wanted to be an AFL player.

When did you first decide to dedicate yourself to the sport of MMA:

I first went all in on the sport when I got my first win. After I got my first win, that’s when I decided that this is what I want to do full-time, I want to keep chasing that feeling.

Favourite aspect of training:

Seeing myself and my team build. We have been working together for years, seeing everyone steadily improve, seeing where we have come from and where we are at now – we see the trajectory of where we are going to go.

What do you consider to be your greatest strengths as a mixed martial artist:

My greatest strength is my ability to absorb information. My ability to learn anything and get better.

Can you compare your fighting style to any high level mixed martial artist:

I’m not sure, but I’d like to be like Zabit Magomedsharipov. He’s such a complete fighter and he has a really cool style. He’s someone who I guess I aim to be like.

Who would you consider to be some of your favourite combat sports athletes:

Nothing really comes to mind as a “favourite”. I like a lot of people. Guys like Zabit and Conor McGregor – one of the guys who got me in to training. Before I even started training, I was hearing about him and kind of became a fan beforehand.

Which fight do you consider to be your standout performance so far:

I’d say my last fight in February of this year. I found my mindset and everything going into that fight was bulletproof. I felt invincible in there. I think I really showcased my skills that night.

What are your goals for both the immediate and long-term future:

Immediate goal is to win the Eternal lightweight belt. My long-term goal is to win the UFC lightweight belt.

What can fans expect to see from you when you step foot inside the cage:

They can expect to see a complete martial artist. They’re not going to find any holes in my game, they’re going to find out that I’m good at everything.

How do you see yourself getting your hand raised at Eternal 76:

The perfect way would just be a finish inside of five-rounds.

A final message to your fans and supporters.

I just want to say thankyou to everyone. Especially my close friends, family, teammates, coaches – everyone that’s been looking out for me for the last four or five years. I just want to say thankyou and one day I will pay it back.

Know Your Fighter: Peter Templer

Eternal MMA sits down with Peter Templer for a Q&A ahead of his co-main event bout at Eternal 75 against Lachlan Stitt.

Age:

25.

Where were you born:

I was born in Adelaide, but I’ve been in Mackay most of my life.

Where are you based now:

Mackay

Which gym to you train out of:

Mackay MMA

Who are your coaches:

It’s changed a little bit recently, but David Garnham’s always sort of my head coach. I’ve got Dan Moulder – he’s more of a striking coach. I do a bit of work with some other guys – Clint McLachlan, Danny Borg… Ash Clein’s been holding pads for me. So, I’ve got a few guys to work with.

What belts or rankings do you currently possess as a martial artist:

I got my black-belt six months ago in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

What sports or activities did you participate in growing up:

Always played soccer from a young age. I was pretty serious about soccer until I got to about fifteen, then I stared training MMA. That sort of took over, I still played (soccer) for a couple of years but it’s all MMA now.

When did you first decide to dedicate yourself to the sport of MMA:

I started when I was fifteen, but the gym was only (operating) two or three times a week (back) then. As we’ve grown, we train five or six days a week for the last eight years or so.

Favourite aspect of training:

Definitely just those hard, long rounds rolling or wrestling where we can just go hard. Striking, you have to be obviously a bit more controlled.

What do you consider to be your greatest strengths as a mixed martial artist:

I took naturally to jiu-jitsu – I had a pretty natural grasp on that nice and early. Also, I think I can be coached pretty well. I don’t get stuck in my ways and I can adapt quickly to new information.

Can you compare your fighting style to any high level mixed martial artist:

Not so much in recent years, but I used to really like to emulate Rory MacDonald – he was just one of those earlier than guys that was straight MMA, he didn’t have a super specific specialty. Just MMA from the start.

Who would you consider to be some of your favourite combat sports athletes:

Not so much one favourite, I’ll pretty much just support the Aussie’s. If they’re Australian, even Kiwi, that’ll do – I’ll back them guys.

Which fight do you consider to be your standout performance so far:

The last one against (Michael) Tepou was definitely a great fight for me. We stuck to the game plan; another heavy striker similar to Lachlan in that regards (albeit) a very different body. The game plan worked perfectly, stuck to it and came away nice win.

What are your goals for both the immediate and long-term future:

Short-term obviously (is to) win this one this weekend and perform. Long term – even out the record, get a couple more wins and then start looking for that Eternal title.

What can fans expect to see from you when you step foot inside the cage:

Most of my wins have definitely come from jiu-jitsu, but I think my striking has definitely caught up in recent years doing a lot of work with Dan Moulder. They can expect a different fight from the usual this time around.

How do you see yourself getting your hand raised at Eternal 75:

I don’t like to have anything set in stone so I’m ready for anything. But I think it might be a KO/TKO this time around.

A final message to your fans and supporters.

Big thanks to all my coaches, all the people coming to watch – it’s a long way to travel from Mackay to “Goldy”. I’ve got a decent crew coming to support. (Also), all of the other people and training partners that have helped me in this training camp and along the way.