(TFL) First and foremost, I would like to congratulate you on an extremely decisive victory, and a brilliantly executed game plan.
I know your opponent came to the table with over 200 fights. What were your thoughts going into this fight?
(Ognjen Topic’) Thank you, Nethaneel. Throughout the preparation process I felt great leading up to the fight. I was very confident going into the fight, I had complete belief in my skills and that I would have handled myself professionally in the ring against Paowarit.
(TFL) May I ask what your training for this fight looked like?
(Ognjen Topic’) Training was the same as it was for every fight.
(TFL) Anything special you all did in preparation for this fight?
(Ognjen Topic’) My coaches and I were working on more strategically/technical aspects for the fight.
(TFL) Keeping it simplistically beautiful, almost minimalist and focusing on strategy really paid off for you.
Especially after such a dominate victory, do you think that you might get that Lion Fights title shot?
(Ognjen Topic’) Yes, I am sure that it will be offered to me down the line. Although adding another title to my accolades would be great, I am more interested in fighting the toughest competition.
(TFL) So, it’s more about the personal victories then the prizes for you. That’s a Thai boxer for you (Laughs). Any words of wisdom for aspiring Muay Thai athletes?
(Ognjen Topic’) Train hard. Yes, I was born with athletic ability/talent. I know that no matter what sport I chose I’d be competing at the highest level but talent can only take a person to a certain level. At some point a person has to begin working hard to become elite. Once it’s understood that it takes hard work to get to the elite level it becomes easy work.
(TFL) How does it feel to beat such a high level guy?
(Ognjen Topic’) It felt surreal, but when I think back while I was training it really isn’t that unbelievable because I worked extremely hard in order to fight on this level.
(TFL) And it showed! If you don’t mind, I’d like to ask you a bit about your past, so people can get to know you a bit more.
(Ognjen Topic’) I was born in Bosnia and am considered a Bosnian-Serb. At the start of the war in the early 90’s my family and I moved to Serbia where we lived until 1995. At that time my father was in America working. My mother, sister and I were fortunate to move to America after my father won the immigration lottery while living in America.
(TFL) Wow, that’s amazing Ognjen. What got you started in this sport?
(Ognjen Topic’) . It was something about the fighting arts that attracted me-probably the competition/challenge. I started out in TKD when I was 14 years old. I received my black belt but wasn’t satisfied with the lack of sparring/fighting aspect. I learned about MT when I saw it on ESPN and I knew this was the sport I wanted to do.
(TFL) How long have you been training?
(Ognjen Topic’) I have been training in MT since I was 18 years old.
(TFL) Is there a personal reason why you fight?
(Ognjen Topic’) Aside from this sport giving me a challenge, I’m not sure why I fight. It doesn’t make sense-getting hurt, hurting others. But when I’m in that ring, there is no other place I’d want to be.
(TFL) Are you a full time fighter or do you have a full time job on the side?
(Ognjen Topic’) I am both a full time fighter and a full time graphic designer. I work from 9-5 (sometimes 8-5.) After work, I go to the gym and put in about 3 hours of training time. You can check out my personal website at www.TopicCreative.com and the company I work for at www.PixlGraphx.com
(TFL) May I ask how many fights you’ve had in total?
(Ognjen Topic’) I’ve had 20 amateur fights and 10 professional fights.
(TFL) Thank you so much Ognjen for take a bit of time to talk to us at The Fighter Life.
(Ognjen Topic’) Anytime. Thank you for the support. The fans can reach me through twitter @TopicCreative
And once again, you can follow Ognjen Topic’ on Twitter @TopicCreative