In the latest edition of Marine Corps Times, on newsstands Monday, read about Sgt. George Lockhart, a Quantico, Va.-based Marine and MMA fighter who is making a name for himself as an adviser to Ultimate Fighting Championship prizefighters.
He’s been helping some of them drop weight and get in shape, including headline fighter Jon Jones who won in a first round technical knockout during the most recent UFC event Aug. 1 in San Diego.
We sat down for a one-on-one interview with Lockhart and he filled us in on his hopes for the future, including making the jump to UFC pro fighter while keeping a career in the Marine Corps.
Also on the horizon, he hopes to try out again for Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter.” When we last talked to Lockhart in February, his hopes of being on the show had been dashed after his command denied him six weeks leave for filming. For the full story pick up the Aug. 16 edition of Marine Corps Times.
It’s too bad that he was denied leave. While I understand and respect that decision, the Marine Corps can always use good press and publicity and having a Marine instructing UFC fighters and being on a tv show like “The Ultimate Fighter” is always good press albeit I’ve never seen it.
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