by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
Friday’s Ring of Fire 28 event at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado, could be a big step forward in the developing career of local standout Alvin “Kid” Robinson.
In just two short years, Robinson has become one of the Colorado fight scene’s busiest and most successful lightweights. Going 7-1 in his pro career, Alvin has yet to make it to a decision, which is a testament to his exciting, aggressive style of fighting.
“I’m going to be cutting down to 145-lbs. to take on Olly [Oliver] Bradstreet from Utah,” said Alvin of Friday’s Ring of Fire fight. “The guy’s got a pretty tough record, 22-1 [overall] and I’m looking to forward to putting the second loss on his record.”
Robinson continued, “This guy should be tough. He’s supposed to be a pretty tough wrestler, but I’m ready. I’m a pretty good wrestler myself, I’m good on the ground and it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a big crowd and televised, so I’m excited and ready to go.”
Alvin is currently a 4th degree brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Royce Gracie affiliate John Crouch, and he knows that could very well be the key to his fight against the wrestling-oriented Olly Bradstreet.
“If he puts me on my back and comes into my guard, he’ll find out real quick that he doesn’t want to be there,” exuded Robinson with confidence. “There’s going to be a lot of submissions coming at him. I’ve got good defense from my back and I feel I can submit anybody, and Bradstreet isn’t going to be any exception to that.”
Even though Alvin has submitted all his opponents in his wins, he has been working on becoming a more complete fighter and is more than willing to stand and trade with Bradstreet if he chooses to do so.
“I try to make my game well-rounded and I want to be able to give an exciting fight on my feet and on the ground,” commented Robinson. “I actually like standing up, throwing punches, and everything, but it’s just a little more dangerous because all it takes is one punch [to end a fight].”
“A better striker will always win on the feet. You get caught with a punch, kick, or knee and the night’s over. I’d rather take him to the ground, where I’m comfortable, and submit him. If he can stuff my take downs and wants to stay standing, I’m comfortable there too…we’ll just slug it out on our feet,” added Alvin.
A lot of buzz currently surrounds Robinson and it seems only a matter of time before he’s given his chance to shine on the biggest stages of MMA, and Alvin knows this fight could be a gateway to making that happen should he perform up to his capabilities.
“I believe that after I beat Olly – and hopefully I will beat him, because anything can happen in the ring – that it’s going to push me to the next level,” exclaimed Robinson. “I’m going to get bigger fights, bigger names and bigger paydays.”
Continued Alvin, “I need all of those and I want to be recognized as one of the best fighters in the world at my weight class and that means taking on all challenges. Olly Bradstreet is just another guy in the way and I’ve got to get through him.”
As for goals, Robinson isn’t shy when it comes to stating where he thinks he’ll be if he’s given any opportunity to shape his future.
“If I can get into the UFC and win two or three fights in dominating fashion, I’d like to get a title fight and this time next year I’d like to have UFC gold or be pretty close to it,” said Alvin. “I want to be considered one of the best fighters in the world at 155 or 145 and when I get there, I will take on all challengers, everybody, I don’t care who it is.”
“I’d step up and fight in PRIDE. Their [lightweight] division is pretty heavy for me, but I’d definitely do it if they gave me the opportunity. I could go to the WEC, they have [Champion] Urijah Faber at 145-lbs. and I’d love to fight him. I just want to fight the best fighters out there and put my skills to the test,” added Robinson.
Regardless of what happens this Friday in Ring of Fire, Alvin knows the crowd will be there behind him as always, and he’s appreciative of that and everyone else who checks out the show.
“To the fans, I appreciate all of their support,” commented Robinson. “Here in Colorado the fans have given me tons of support and have come out and supported me every show I’ve fought on. It’s going to be a big show, a great show with a great card.”
Alvin concluded, “I’d like to thank my sponsor GAS, right now they’re the number one supplements on the market. Tune in to HDNet*, it should be a good show on Friday night. I’m going to put on a good show and hopefully I’m going to finish him in the first [round]. That’s how I like to finish fights, but I’m ready to go the distance too, and it’s going to be an exciting fight.”
*Editor’s note: HDNet will be airing the Ring of Fire in two 90-minute shows at a later date.