Robin Black has been one of the most vibrant minds in mixed martial arts for quite some time now and in a recent chat with us here at Pundit Arena MMA, he delved into his plans to take his years of expertise to the stage, with a June date in Dublin, Ireland on the horizon.
Robin Black is a true rarity in the world of martial arts. Even without knowing the intimate details of his life, seeing the lead-singer of a popular Canadian glam-rock band transition from the world of music to martial arts and make his professional MMA debut well into his late-thirties is admirable. When you factor in his work in the commentary-booth, his breakdowns and his unique approach to the analysis of fighting and the art behind it, however, it’s clear that Black’s love for the game runs deep.
Robin Black Live! will see Dublin’s Liberty Hall treated to a night with the man himself and while he is no stranger to the bright lights of a stage show, this time around Robin explained to us how he plans on using his platform to take his audience on a journey unlike anything else found within the medium.
“I got the idea when I went to see Joe Rogan do his stand-up in Vegas. I watched it and in no way did I think to myself ‘I could do this’ – because he’s an expert with 25 years experience. But then I went to Brendan Schaub’s show and he was really good. He probably practiced and worked hard for a year or two. Just because you see someone mastering something doesn’t mean you can’t do it very well yourself. Brendan was evidence of that.
“I’ve lived a pretty fun life so far. I’ve sung in a rock band, I’ve travelled the world, I fought in a cage. I’m 5-foot-6, I have a lisp, I don’t speak particularly well, I don’t have any predisposed physical skills, I’m not a good singer but if I can f**king do all of those things then you can too.
“Ultimately there are four acts of me telling you stories from my life as a singer, as a fighter, as a martial arts commentator and for my Irish date I’ll actually have a guest, John Kavanagh, SBG Ireland coach, so I’ll sit with him for about 25 minutes and then we’ll do a Q&A with the audience.
“My friend describes it as ‘four ridiculous TED talks’. In a perfect world, I’ll make you laugh, I’ll make you cry, I’ll inspire you and I’ll answer your questions and we’ll have a killer time.”
Tickets to the June 22 event can be purchased here.