Following an extensive amateur career, bantamweight prospect Tyler Hunley turned pro last year and so far has chalked up three wins in his first three fights.
Hunley’s decision to turn pro came after a rather rushed start in the amateur ranks, which resulted in him lacking competition and needing to step up to pro to find fights.
“I wouldn’t say I was thrown into my first fight, but I probably shouldn’t have fought at that point because I’d only been at the gym for maybe three months,” Hunley told MMAWeekly.com. “But after my first fight, I had all my other fights pretty much back-to-back within a year and a half span.
“I had like 18 fights in a year in a half. I took a break after all those fights and I decided to turn pro because I had fought everybody in the area.”
While Hunley feels that all his amateur experience made the transition easier, it also came with its own set of difficulties.
“I was used to pretty much all the work and was already in the gym going five-minute rounds, but the skill level it’s on a completely different level,” he said. “There’s more stuff you can do as a pro.
“As an amateur you’re not allowed to throw elbows or knees to the head of an opponent, but as a pro, you can. People might not think that’s a big difference, but once someone gets a hold of your head and knees you to the face, that’s a whole other story.”