By Dean Parr
2012 is looking set to be a busy year for Scotland's David Galbraith (5-4), who will be venturing down to Featherweight in order to find his ideal fighting weight.
'The Gladiator' already has three contests lined up; the first against Mark Aldridge at Total Combat on February 11th, the next against Louis Chapman for the Tenth Legion Featherweight Title on March 24th, with his third to take place in Glasgow on the SFC, where he will return to Lightweight to take on Shaun Edmondson.
The first of those is one that Galbraith isn't underestimating in spite of his foe's negative record.
"Mark Aldridge is the underdog, and that's why he'll be dangerous," analysed David. "I'll be focusing on my game for this fight. The guy has balls and is a real gentleman at the same time. I've got loads of respect for him.
"I heard he's been playing that new UFC game on the Wii as fight prep, so I'll be heading down to Gamestation to make sure I can counter attack his new techniques. I'm just looking to make a good account of myself in the fight and obviously get the win."
This is something of a 'tune up' fight for his spring-battle with Louis Chapman for the Tenth Legion 145-pound crown; a contest that the Gladiatorial Combat man is relishing. He noted,
"Louis Chapman is a well rounded fighter, although he has some gaps in his game I'll be looking to exploit. I think it's a really good stylistic match up as we are both capable of exploiting each other weaknesses, so it will really be down to who's the smarter fighter.
"It's going to be a real battle of tactics, and one mistake could cost either one of us the belt. The five, five-minute rounds will work to my advantage as I get stronger as the fight goes on. Tenth Legion is a show I've been looking to get on for a while now, so it's a great opportunity to fight for the title."
April's contest also excites David, who is looking to push onwards and upwards in his career.
"My last confirmed fight as of now will be on SFC against Shaun Edmondson at Lightweight. I've not fought on SFC for over a year and a half now, so I'm looking forward to showcasing my skills on home soil.
"If all goes well, I will be at 8-4. Then, I would like to challenge for the On Top Lightweight title. Everything is geared towards getting on the bigger international shows."
These scraps will mark a busy start to the year for Galbraith, who would like some quality fights when these are out of the way. He noted,
"After May, I'll be looking at getting a couple of fights abroad and auditioning for TUF again. Fighting every month will have an effect on my body. If I get good momentum, I might want to keep it going but that all depends on my body."
David thinks 66kg is his correct fighting weight, and he can see himself doing well in that category.
"I think that I'll do well at Featherweight," sounded the Scot. "There are lots of good guys that I think I could beat, so it would be good if I could climb up the rankings."
'The Gladiator' is aiming high, and trying to make the most out of his MMA career.
"I am very ambitious, so I'll be looking to get on the bigger shows and audition for TUF again," revealed Galbraith. "If I win the Tenth legion title and get a shot at the On Top title, then that's potentially two titles from two big shows.
"I would also love another chance to go for the SFC Lightweight title. You never know, three belts would look good on my wall. I've made it no secret that my dream is to get in the UFC but who's isn't.
"I've had some people try to slate me for this, but my ambition his given me the chance to train with some of my favourite UFC fighters. It has given me the chance to travel and meet some amazing people.
"Ambition is great and anyone who feels the need to slate me for having ambition is flawed by their own shortcomings. I think everyone should be ambitious as you never know what the future holds. Live every day like it's your last."
To conclude, David had some thanks he wished to make.
"I would just like to say thanks to all my sponsors Legends Gym, Glasgow Fitness, Stalks and Stems, Allied Blacktop, Regent Studio, Shaheeds, Sportsense and Musclebound.
"Anyone wanting to sponsor me, just give me a shout on Facebook!
"Big shout out to all the Gladiatorial combat MMA guys! Guys to look out for in the future Stephen Cusick, Calum Hunter and Jasim Beg.
"Also, I would like to thank my parents and my good lady Katie as they support me one hundred percent. I couldn't do it without them."