Across nearly 50 MMA fights and countless kickboxing matches, Spratt has never failed to show up and give his best, which makes his last fight against Dan Hornbuckle in February for Legacy FC something of a mystery.
While he showed up and gave a good account of himself, things didn’t quite seem right, and as Spratt told MMAWeekly.com, there was a very good reason for it.
“It was a competitive fight, but what I should have done was drop out of the fight because I fractured my hand the Monday before the fight took place,” he said. “I still fought and put on a pretty decent fight considering the circumstances.”
When asked why he’d take a fight with such an injury, Spratt replied, “I’m a gunslinger from Texas and fight pretty much no matter what.
“I’m old school. I’m not like these young guys these days who are concerned with their record and padding it; I don’t get down like that. If I sign a contract to fight, I’m going to fight.”
Having won three of his previous four fights before his loss to Hornbuckle, Spratt (25-22) will look to rebound this Friday night as he headlines Legacy FC 23 against fellow former UFC fighter Tim Means (18-5-1) in San Antonio.
“He’s mainly a striker, so I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a striking war between us and there should be some fireworks going on,” said Spratt.
Even though he has continued to develop his game, Spratt’s stand-up is always going to be his bread and butter.
“I don’t think I’d necessarily go after a submission unless it absolutely presented itself,” he said. “That’s something I could revert to if need be, but I’ve fought the same way my whole career and I don’t think it’s going to change.
“I don’t look to eke out decisions or out-point anyone; I go in there looking for the finish, and that’s what I’m going to do in this fight.”
At 42 years old, Spratt told MMAWeekly.com that his motivation for fighting is simple: he still enjoys it and why stop if he’s still taking care of business?
“The game is still fun, I’m still learning and I’m still very competitive,” he said. “It’s not like I’m going out there, getting knocked out or finished. I’ve had very competitive fights with guys a lot younger than I am. That’s what keeps me motivated to keep doing what I do.”