Andre “The Sauce” Hafer is 26 years old and has been a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter for nearly four years with a record of five wins, one loss, and one draw. He says that “the realization that [he]wanted to be a fighter is one that hit [him] suddenly. After turning down multiple football scholarships, Hafer says he “woke up one day with a desire to fight.”
A 155 lb lightweight fighter, Hafer began in the MMA Lab. He now fights in the Real MMA and holds two titles to his name. One title is for the Real MMA in the featherweight division, the other title for the World Fighting Federation (WFF), also in the featherweight division. Though he holds two titles, Hafer acknowledges that fighting is not always easy. He says that his greatest opponent was Kaime Marzola “because of his skill, his drive and the fight he gave.” Hafer states the Marzola “made him pull the best out of himself.”
Hafer says that he trains often, four times a week from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. He also doubles as a recording artist, so he trains in whatever city his music needs to be in so that he is “killing two birds with one stone.” When training, Hafer says that he mostly practices his striking, grappling, and jiu jitsu. Since he is a southpaw and orthodox fighter, Andre is considered to be a “switch fighter.” This style of fighting gives him a leg up, so to speak, against his opponent so that they do not know what will be coming next for them. Hafer knows that he may not win every fight using this strategy, or win every time at all. However, he believes that “having a 10 second memory,” and learning from the losing experience will make him become an even better fighter.
When asked the difference between a mediocre and a great fighter, Hafer says that there are three distinguishing factors: Striking, wrestling, and fighting I.Q. He states, ” If you’re a wrestler, I’m going to want to take you to the ground. If I can’t, I’m stuck.” He believes this is what produces the greatest fight for him.
Though Hafer believes that one can become a great fighter, he also believes that there is no quick way to become a one. According to Andre, “Putting the work, time, and effort, and focus [Makes you great]. The more you focus the quicker you become good.”
While MMA fighting is Hafer’s passion, he says that the sport is dangerous, and is not for everyone.
Written by Trinity Oglesby
Andre Hafer Interview, April 2019
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