Josh “The Alaskan Assassin” Easterly is a mixed martial artist out of Blue springs Missouri. His up bring was a different one than most fighters. Josh started out playing baseball in Alaska at a young age, eventually playing college in the state of Washington. After an injury forced Josh to step away from the sport MMA became his new outlet. After college Josh had put on a lot of weight and after only training for a few months he took his first fight at the heavyweight division in Missouri. Eventually he made his way to 185 and then 170. In 2017 Josh fought between the 155lb and 170lb weight classes but has now mad the drop to 145lbs. Currently Josh has made the move to train under the team at World class boxing and kickboxing. Here he plans to further improve his stand up, and start to develop his wrestling. Josh “The Alaskan Assassin” Easterly has fought for promotion such as Solid As a Rock Promotions in Fairbanks Alaska, Chasm Elite out of Texas, Belts Of Honor out of Texas, Midwest Fight league and the Sedalia fight series, adrenaline fighting championships all out of Missouri. Blue Corner championship and Shamrock FC is where Josh feels at home under the banner of these two promotions, but is always ready to fight Wherever.
Question: What will you suggest to the newcomers?
Question:What does it mean for you to be a fighter?
Answer:Being a fighter to me is about finding out who I am and who I can become. Everyday is a chance to better myself not only as a fighter but as a person. Fighting to me shows me what I’m capable of achieving once I put my mind to something.
Question:What are the essential things for the training?
Answer:I believe you have to have goals. You have to have something to strive for. Dedication and drive to achieve those goals also.
Question:What separates you from every other fighter in your division?
Answer:My heart and my willingness to keep pushing. I don’t quit when I have lost. I get up go back to the gym and figure out what I need to fix. I’m a fighter and I will make it no matter how many times I have to stand back up.
Question:What is the meaning of success in your mind?
Answer:Success in my mind is not reflected on records or belts won. If I proved to MYSELF that I have done everything I possible could, and helped others along the way, I succeeded.
Question:With whom you would like to fight, and why?
Answer:I want to fight anyone in my division who stands in between myself and my dreams of being at the top.
Question:Is there any difference b/w your common days’ diet and during competition training diet?
Answer:I had always struggled with my diet in the past. I never really had someone telling me that I needed to change it to be successful. But now making the drop to 145lb I eat very clean very healthy and believe that if I constantly stay this way I will not have to diet as hard for competition.
Question:How does a beginner will prepare for the competition? Any advice for beginners?
Answer:Train hard but also train smart. If your body is telling you to take a break, listen and don’t over do it.
Question:How is it helpful to have the information about your competitor?
Answer:Every fight is different come up with a general game plane but always focus on what you can control.
Question:Is the martial arts necessary for a common person? How?
Answer:I believe any martial arts is a good starting point.
Question:Which moment is memorable for you in your past competitions?
Answer:My very first win. My team had told the announcer to call me out by the Alaskan Assassin with out my knowledge so it was definitely interesting. And then I won by first round tko. It’s something I will never forget.
Question:How do martial arts help to build a leader?
Answer:Martial Arts is more than just combat. It teaches you so many life lessons that you can carry with you.
Question:What would be your dream fight?
Answer:My dream fight would be for the 145lb belt in either Bellator or the UFC.
Question:How is the road plan necessary for any competition?
Answer:Knowing your self and being confident in your abilities is the ground work.
Question:Do you have any advice for your competitors?
Answer:Keep grinding because I know I am.
Question:How much importance has the sports gear in any competition?
Answer:This makes all the difference to having a sports equipment! Knowing that I have the proper equipment to to protect myself from injury in practice and in the cage is very detrimental.
Question:What should we learn from the legends /or from the seniors? Who is your inspiration?
Answer:The legends of the sport have been there, they have been through it. Without them we wouldn’t have the platform to compete today.
Question:To whom you would like to compliment for your success?
Answer:First I would say my Wife, without her non of this would even be possible. She takes care of our son when I’m training or at work. She helps me maintain my diet and is overall my number one Fan. My mother who has had my back from the beginning. My cousin who really got me started on this journey in the first place. But in the end if it wasn’t for the fans of this sport I wouldn’t be here now.
Question:Who is your favorite legendary fighter? Why?
Answer:My favorite fighter would have to be Donald cerrone. He is willing to fight whenever against whoever and wherever. He fights till he has nothing left and leaves it all in the cage!