LK3 Houston

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Legacy Fighting Championship recently released their line up for the following LK3 event, set to take place at the Bayou Music Center in downtown Houston Texas.

Main Card (AXS TV):

135 – Anke Van Gestle (22-3) vs. Valentina Schevchenko (56-1)

205 Quarterfinals – Andres Van Engelen (8-1) vs. Danny Mitchell (4-1)

205 Quarterfinals – Manny Mancha (11-2) vs. Fernando Almeida (9-1)

160 – Richard Abraham (6-2) vs. Daniel Kim (4-2)

140 – Justin Houghton (6-2) vs. Angel Huerta (5-1)

140 – Jordan Wieland (21-3) vs. Samuel Mongonia (16-3)

Prelims:

154 – Adam Edgerton vs. Nethaneel Mongonia

125 – Andrea Lee vs. TBD

170 – RJ Knepp vs. Mike “The Truth” Jackson

135 – Bobby Bradshaw vs. Akira Smith

135 – Alexiz Chavarria vs. Dulani Perry

185 Amateur – Marcus Johnson vs. Jacob Rodriguez

105 Amateur – Emily Scmitt vs. Bi Nguyen

145 Amateur – Oliver Jimenez vs. John Miller

the card should prove to be a very exciting night of talented fighters, all looking to show case their abilities.

you can get further info here http://www.LKfights.com

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Ali Salami: Muay Thai, The Global Experience.

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Ali Salami

Ali Salami is an enigmatic figure who is well travelled and takes an intelligent, thoughtful approach to Muay Thai. Salami is currently involved in helping supervise the Muay Thai training at Gracie Barra Westchase, in Houston, Tx.  Gracie Barra is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu organization, and one might be surprised that the school has a thriving and growing Muay Thai program. “I am supervising the training and advising until i get my visa, so i can teach and train MMA fighters from Gracie Barra one on one”.

A lot of fighters in the US have learnt in the US and haven’t had the opportunity to train in Thailand unlike a lot of the fighters from Europe, Salami has trained at different gyms particularly at Sor Vorapin gym and Sasiprapa gym. “I landed in Bangkok in 2006 for a month and I stayed for more than 2 years, before that i had some boxing training and two amateur fights, also i had on and off knockdown karate training (Kyokushinkai ) and a lot of sparring experience taking part in  interclub competition in this style. Before i went to Bangkok, I had just spent a year in France finishing a bachelor in business, I had stopped for five years after studying an associate degree, when my dad was diagnosed with leukemia, i took a job in Liberia, and then left after war.”

For Salami war has sprung up during his lifetime, and impacted his choices. “Five days after i returned back home to Beirut, a war started, and five days after it ended, i was in Bangkok.  After i arrived in Bangkok, i said to myself, ‘I can’t leave now’, i felt thirsty for Thailand as a whole; Muay thai, food, culture, people, the life, i wanted to know more and to experience all those things. In my first month of training my ankle was badly injured by a trainer who swept my standing foot while asking me to kick pads with the other leg. I couldn’t train for six months, an injury that came as a blessing in disguise because instead of training and kicking pads being taught nonsense like most foreigners are trained, not taught, i could watch, and learn and understand; I immersed myself in Muay Thai without training, without realizing what was happening. I was at the camp every day, on YouTube every day, at the stadium often. At the same time i was doing many things to support the cheap cost of living, I maintained myself there from teaching English to kids, to working as an extra on movie sets and local commercials. I also had a small shop with my brother in Beirut where I’d buy stuff in Bangkok and send it to him to sell.”

It was through this turn of events, and Salami’s devotion to Muay Thai whilst being unable to train that Salami started to really develop an appreciation of the art. “The second year was the year where i really started training; I had already understood the biomechanics, the rhythm and the tricks, by taking the time to observe and watch. In 2008, i had six fights, won four and lost two, all matches ended by knockout, i was 80 kg (176lbs). I left to start a Thai restaurant in West Africa with my brother as the opportunity arose; I had one fight there, and then only trained alone occasionally on Sundays. The restaurant business is a tough one; I worked sixteen hours a day, six days a week for five years until a war started and the business died. We re-opened six months after war stopped, worked for some time then learnt that we had a fake lease from a fake owner, it’s a long story. Here i am a year later today in Houston, training and helping at Gracie Barra Westchase. I can speak four languages including average Thai; I am learning Spanish which will be my fifth.”

Salami is heavily influenced by the time he spent analyzing and breaking down the Muay Thai he saw.  “My style would be what I call Muay IQ, due to the tricks and tactics that i can pull off. It is rare to see a 200 lbs guy fight with a total Thai style, i have that. My goal was never to be a professional or a fighter but rather to learn, master, and excel.  I am always doing business and train on and off, I fight when i get the chance and time to train and fight.”

Not everyone can teach an art such as Muay Thai despite having trained it and in some cases despite being a good fighter. “I have a gift for teaching because I can break down techniques and explain why you do it that way. I understand communication, nlp (neuro-linguistic programming), and bio mechanics. I was scheduled for a heavyweight bout at Muay Thai Kingdom 2 on March 22nd but the opponent pulled out, it was the same opponent who pulled out of our fight at Muay Thai Kingdom 1. There’s the WKA North American championships in Virginia in March , there’s the TBA all American Muay Thai classics in June in Iowa and the IKF world classics in Orlando in July. I plan to be on all these tournaments. The promoter of Muay Thai Kingdom has me on the spot ready to fight for him every time if they have an opponent at 200 pounds. I want to stay in the States so that I can compete and develop my Muay Thai career, that’s really why I’m looking to focus on the national and regional championships, and also from here represent Gracie Barra at the IFMA world championships in Malaysia.”

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For Ali Salami, his journey in Muay Thai has been a self-motivated one. “My motto would be: Train alone, fight alone, win alone. I showed up at the Prince’s Cup in 2008 alone, no team mate, no trainer, no corner, representing Lebanon. Everyone was there in teams of ten to fifteen members with their flags, i took silver.”

Thailand is a country with interesting colorful sights and experiences to be had, and it is not unusual for people to fall in love with different aspects of the country. “My favorite things about Thailand, in Muay Thai it was being a  ringside spectator at Lumpinee stadium, the Mecca of Muay Thai, you are transcended, you can hear the blows, it is the peak, the creme de la crème, just like a Paquiao- Mayweather. Secondly the street cooking: i am an addict and thirdly the Loy Krathong festival celebrated every full moon of the twelfth month; lanterns floating on mini boats will be set by the people onto the river thanking the spirits for life.”

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You can tell a lot about a nak muay by who he likes to watch. “I like Yosdenklai Fairtex for his rhythm, patience, intelligence and simple approach. I like Sudsakorn sor klimnee, he has a cool temper yet is very vicious; Bovy sor udomson for the killer instinct and punches. Attachai Fairtex, he is so fluid and smart. Those two are retired now. A new guy I like to watch is Armin Punpanmuang, he has got it all, power technique, iq, etc. As for muay thai fighters who fight in kickboxing i wouldn’t trade Giorgio Petrosyan for anyone, he is the greatest kickboxer of all”

TFL correspondent,

-Lance Edwards. 

Thanks Lance for your submission

-Nethaneel

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Muay Thai Kingdom 1: The Peoples Fight of the Night

Muay Thai Kingdom 1: The Peoples Fight of the Night

MTK1 was a very exciting night for Muay Thai, and combat sports fans. we’ll be electing Fight Of The Night.

Please take a second to let us know who you, the people, want to take this title home.

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MTK2 line up!!!

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Few more added to March 22 (pending TDLR) Adding just a couple more. texasmuaythai@gmail.com

1) Bebe Laced (4oz) Crystal Knepp (Furia)
2) Oliver Jimenez (Izzy Camp) Robert Bailey (TT – C)
3) Jesus Alvarado (4oz) Demetrius Hall (Shin to Bone)
4) Birdie Carrasco (Shin to Bone) Jacqueline Williams (4oz)
5) Chadrick Turner (Twin Wolves) Alvin Perez (SitSiam)
6) Colbey Northcutt (4oz) Brittany Robertson (AKATX)
7) Joel Verdin (Shin to Bone) Ryan Baker (Mousel)
8) Terrance Johnson (Revolution) Matt Witherspoon
9) Parker Reid (Vongphet) Uriel Figueroa (Revolution)
10) Gabriel Lemus (Vongphet) Jennifer Guerrero (Revolution)
11) Joel Haesecke Chris Jackson (SBA/IZZY Camp)
12) Joshua Cabiya (AKATX) Chris Perez (GBTW)
13) Roland Rodriguez (Pinnacle) Paul Garza (Team Tooke)
14) Samuel Whitman (Vongphet) Ali Salami (GB Westchase)

taken straight form their page.
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Yo soy Roman Christofer Molina Jr

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(TFL) Welcome back to TheFightersLife.net, a Muay Thai blog-site dedicated to building and high-lighting Houston and Texas Muay Thai talent.

Today we have Roman Molina with us. Roman, who was previously ran over by a truck; refusing to allow that from stopping him from compete in the sport he loves, returned to the ring to put on an exciting fight at “Muay Thai Kingdom 1” back in December.

Roman has been around the Houston scene for quite some time, both in martial arts and in the Music Scene of Houston. In the past Roman had a lot of success in the music industry as front man for hardcore band “The Last Star Fighter”, now Roman is taking his learned skillsets and applying them to the sport he loves “Muay Thai”.

Roman, thanks for hanging out with us, congratulations on a great showing. Let’s get the ball rolling. Share a bit about yourself?

(Roman Molina) Yo soy Roman Christofer Molina Jr. I came out of the womb and teeped the Dr. (Laughs) I’ve been training Muay Thai for around 5 years, and some other “fighting” stuff a little longer.

(TFL) (Laughs) Tell us a bit about your home gym, how long have you guys been around and where is it located?

(Roman Molina) King’s MMA has been around a little less than a year, but I’ve trained with Kru Ali at a few other gyms for some time. King’s is on Richmond and Fondren.

(TFL) So you’ve been working with Ali for a while, care to share a bit?

(Roman Molina) Kru Ali is from Jordan. He’s a great guy and great coach. He has coached and fought all over the world; true international player. The only thing he cares more about then his fighters is Muay Thai. ‘PURE’ Muay Thai, as he always says…that and animal crackers. He doesn’t always know the correct english word for what he is trying to relay, so it can make for some pretty awkward moments, which are always awesome.

(TFL) What is it about Muay Thai that attracts you to this sport so much?

(Roman Molina) I love the tradition of the sport. I love the sharpening of the mind and body. I love the violence. I love when you see another fighter at Chick-Fil-A and he sees your Fairtex hoodie and you both wai. I love the camaraderie that comes from punching your brothers in the face.

(TFL) I agree, there is a wonderful and positive culture of sportsmanship and brother/sisterhood that is hard to find. You fight each other, become friends, joke around, cross spar and even fight each other again. I love the culture of camaraderie across gyms and all the teamwork that it takes to build a fighter.

How did your last fight for MTK1 go?

(Roman Molina) My last fight was a lot of fun. Muay Thai Kingdom did a great job on the event and the show. I lost a split decision. I know everyone who loses a split decision says they think they won, but I was a little surprised by the decision. However, I know that I should have definitely done more. That’s what always bugs you after a loss like that. Either way, I had tons of fun and I landed some of my favorite techniques; jump knee, backfist, a few throws. I was also really astounded by the amount of support I got from my friends, family, and gym family. I made a lot more friends from the fight as well. The last sanctioned fight I had before this one was at the IKF in Florida. I was pretty stoked to be there because it was my first fight since being run over by a truck. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to fight after that, but I made it back there. I won the first round and lost the second round to the dude who ended up winning the belt.

(TFL) I find that’s the best attitude about the Muay Thai culture, it’s about just getting in there and put on a good fight. Quite often, your performance is more important than the win itself.

Going forward, what’s your game plan for the future?

(Roman Molina) I plan to fight as much as I can before I’m too old. I fear that point is rapidly approaching! I plan to test in Thailand for a Kru title and coach.

(TFL) That’s a great plan, brother. Just keep fighting and getting experience. A Kru certification is a wonderful goal; there are a lot of great active gym’s that have “mentorship” programs.

Any training buddies we should be on the lookout for coming out of your school?

(Roman Molina) Yezir!

Grant ‘The Diamon’ Garnett. He’s 11 years old, and he is already tearing it up.

Morgan Oriahi is a beast. He works like a maniac and he is on the card for the next Legacy.

Also Roger Rodriguez, we train together a lot. He’s got desire and the dedication. He’s going kill.

(TFL) That’s some good people to put on our radar. Are you excited about the upcoming Muay Thai Kingdom card?

(Roman Molina) Heck ya man! The last one was RAD. Whether I’m on the card or not, I’ll be there.

(TFL) That’s great, support is key to the continuing success of Muay Thai in Houston.

Anything else you would like to add?

(Roman Molina) Eat your veggies.

(TFL) works for me! (Laughs)

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Oliver Jimenez of Izzy Camp

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(TFL) As normal, welcome back to TheFightersLife.net where we cover up and coming Muay Thai talent in Texas, Oklahoma and the surrounding states. Today we have Oliver Jimenez from Izzy camp, which made a great showing, and pulled out a close win over a more experienced opponent at MTK1

Oliver, Thanks for being here, tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been training?

(Oliver Jimenez) I’m 19 right now, going to turn 20 on Feb 7th, and what can I say about myself… I love competing, I love to train and get better every day and it’s in my culture to be a fighter. I have been training with Khru Izzy for 8 months now.

(TFL) Yeah, Izzy is a great guy and a good coach. We interviewed Izzy when he first opened up Izzy Camp. Would you remind us how long Izzy Camp has been open, and what part of Houston do you all hail from?

(Oliver Jimenez) The gym is going to be one year old as of Feb 2014, and we’re located in Pasadena Tx.

(TFL) tell us about your coach and facilities?

(Oliver Jimenez) My coach is Isael zuniga or Khru izzy. Man, what “can” I say about this man… he’s changed my life in a positive way, and he always motivates us and teaches us by example. We don’t know what giving is, in our gym because of him.

(TFL) That’s wonderful; a coach that leads from the front is the best kind. You never have an excuse when your coach is running and training next to you. Leading by example is the highest form of leadership.

So what attracts you to this sport so much?

(Oliver Jimenez) What attracts me to the sport is how competitive it is. There no such things as a boring fight in Muay Thai, in my opinion. Growing up in the Mexican culture, boxing has always been big and I always watched it growing up. However, once I found out what Muay Thai was, I guess with it being more violent, that kind of drew me more into it. I also love the cultural aspect to it too, and I owe that to Khru Izzy.

(TFL) (Laughs) It’s funny you mention boxing. My grandfather and father boxed, but I never was interested in boxing until I did Muay Thai. I think the two sports run hand in hand.

Tell us about your fight history, your last fight and how it all went?

(Oliver Jimenez) I’m currently 1-0. My last fight was on Dec 13th, at Muay Thai Kingdom, and I won by a split decision. It wasn’t how I wanted to win, but I’ll take it.

(TFL) (Laughs) I understand that, no body every likes a split-win. But at least it was a great back and forth fight. You two were pretty evenly matched, and that makes for an exciting fight.

What are your plans for the future?

(Oliver Jimenez) My plans for the future is to keep training hard and hopefully keep getting more victories under my belt, and help the sport grown in Texas.

(TFL) Those are wonderful goals; we’ve got some great momentum behind us, and its guys like you, stepping up to bat that are driving that momentum.

Any training buddies we should be on the lookout for coming out of your gym?

(Oliver Jimenez) Yes, my teammate Chris Jackson. I guarantee you he will keep giving the people some great knockouts. Angel Benavidez is a monster, and people will love his style of fighting.

(TFL) Yeah, Chris Jackson has a very exciting style. It was hard for me to watch that fight, because Jeremy is a friend of mine (Haha) and sometimes friends fight each other. One reason I love Muay Thai is because it’s not personal, it’s just a sport.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

(Oliver Jimenez) I just wanted to add that I want to thank all my friends and family, my khru, my teammates, and a thank you to angel benavidez, isai cabrera, chris jackson, omar hillail, jose lluvano for helping me work hard

(TFL) Keep up the great work guys.

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Burns Vs Fletcher

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If you haven’t already read one of our interviews with Ash, then your miss out on a good read. Ash is one tough girl, a warrior spirit and an exciting up and comer who’s had her share of up’s and downs in her career. She’s one of those fighter‘s that prides herself on putting on a good fight. I was lucky enough to share a locker room with her and DJ Miller, the Muay Thai Power Couple (Laughs).

Ash, you’ve been on here once before,  Would you mind sharing a lit bit more about your past, and how you’ve come this far?

(Ashley Burns)

I have been doing Muay Thai for about 2 years now and fell in love with it. Prior to getting into martial arts I was living quite a different life as a musician, singing and playing bass in a female punk/thrash band on a label and touring. When I decided to really take a break from the road I discovered Muay Thai which has been so rewarding for me, I plan to try and get as many amateur fights next year as possible and then go pro.

(TheFightersLife.net)

Incredible, you gave up the “band life” for this sport.

Sounds like you’re keeping yourself busy and putting in your road work as a fighter. I have to say that there is no substitute for fight experience, that’s for sure. And you’ve got a great goal.

I know you just fought for StriKingfights.com, would you catch us up to speed?

(Ashley Burns)

My last fight was with Colby Fletcher, and she is legit. She’s has great form, strong punches and kicks, and mixes it up a lot more than I was expecting. I was having a little trouble finding my range for my hands at first and was getting tied up a lot in the clinch, but finally around the 2nd round I started doing some “Sato” knees, and they were landing-flush. I could tell they were working at this point and at the 3rd round just kept coming in hard until that final knee caught her and it was an 8count, KO…my first KO. Felt like pure adrenaline.

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wow, congratulations on the KO! I know Colby is no scrub; she just picked up a dominating win over really good fighter from Saekson’s Gym in Dallas.

How did the rest of the Striking event go?

(Ashley Burns)

The overall event was awesome, my teammates did phenomenal and I was so proud of each of their performances.

(TheFightersLife.net)

Sounds like Striking did it again, by putting on another great event.

I know that you’ve had some gym shifting going on in the last year, catch us up to speed as you’ve recently settled down at you all’s new home.

(Ashley Burns)

I am fight out of Bonafyde MMA/Sidthilaw under Khru Chris Beasley, this was my second fight with my new trainer and this one felt much more connected for me. I am really getting settled at my new gym, it is a small crew of extremely dedicated fighters so the atmosphere is competitive and supportive. The last 8 weeks leading up to the fight I was able to cross train at my former gym and enlisted the help of a mind coach, Marvin Wilkerson, to really get focused. It was a winning combination!

(TheFightersLife.net)

Nice! Iron sharpens iron. I’m glad you’ve found a great place that works for you, and is being a great tool for you to stretch your wings and expand as a fighter.

In your fight, what were you expecting and what didn’t go as planned? (Laughs)

(Ashley Burns)

I was really expecting her to come out strong with primarily hands; when she started mixing it up I was a bit surprised. I had to adapt and start looking for combinations to land, and finally found some that were working.

(TheFightersLife.net)

You know, I’m very impressed, that shows a lot of ring maturity and ring IQ. You are definitely a cerebral fighter.  Continuing forward, what are your game plans for the future?

(Ashley Burns)

I am definitely going to try and rack up as many amateur fights as I can next year, so that when I go to Thailand I can have my first pro bout there or as soon as I return; I just want to get as much experience as possible. I would also like to try and start making some trips to more Muay Thai oriented cities and check out the training atmosphere there to make some connections. It is fairly difficult to get a lot of fights as a female Muay Thai fighter in Nashville, so if I want to take it further I am going to reach out to make that happen. I am always looking for ways to challenge myself!

(TheFightersLife.net)

(Laughs) that’s pretty awesome, sounds like you’ve got one hell of a game plan. Well, let us know if you and DJ are ever interested in swinging through Houston. We’d love to have you guys.

Now, aside for Muay Thai, is there any other projects behind the scenes that you’d be kind enough to share with us?

(Ashley Burns)

I recently connected with a non-profit “www.RedemptionMartialArts.com” to be a spokesperson for their anti-bullying organization and write a guest blog and just be an advocate and help get their amazing cause some funds to support kids and give them resources who are victims of bullying. I am extremely excited about being able to be a positive role model and help support such a wonderful cause. Thanks for the interview!! You are the best!

(TheFightersLife.net)

That’s pretty amazing; I wish more fighters would take an interest in their communities, like you have.  I think that’s a wonderful way to give back, as a Combat Sports Athlete, to stand up for kids that are being bullied and be a role model for kids that are missing that in their life.

Well, thank you once again. We look forward to your next performance.

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Fletcher Vs Burns

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Welcome to TheFightersLife.net, and today we have Colby Fletcher joining us.

Thank you for joining us, Colby.

Over the last year, you’ve put on a couple of great performances and scooped up a couple of good wins. For those that might not be familiar with your name, would you mind introducing yourself to our readers and sharing a bit of your back story?

(Colby Fletcher)

I started doing Muay Thai about 7 years ago when my mom married my stepdad (and coach), Ty Pilgrim. I started off just doing it to lose weight, but then I decided I wanted to get in the ring. I’ve had 3 Muay Thai fights.

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(The Fighters Life)

Just starting you combat sports career, would you tell us about your fight history, who were your past opponent’s, and details about how the match’s went?

(Colby Fletcher)

I don’t remember the name of my first opponent, but the second was Moshena (Saekson), and the third was Ashley Burns.

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(The Fighters Life)

I remember seeing the Moshena fight, and being blown away by your foot work and use of angles. That fight was a huge credit to your skills and to your coach Ty.

How did your preparation for this last fight go?

(Colby Fletcher)

The 8 weeks leading up to the fight was the time I really started concentrating on my breathing. I have had trouble with asthma in all of my past fights, so I really wanted to work on having it under control. I felt like I was doing well with pacing myself during the fight. My breathing was really good and I didn’t even have to use my inhaler (Laughs). My corner told me I just needed to close out the last round but Ashley’s knee found my liver. And that was that.

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(The Fighters Life)

It’s amazing, one minute your about to take the fight on points, and then next it’s snatched away. I think both of your girls put on an extremely technical fight, the boys could learn a lot from you two (Laughs).

What are the plans for your sports career’s future?

(Colby Fletcher)

I would really love to fight Ashley again because I feel like we were both able to showcase our skills, and it was a great learning experience for me. We talked after the fight and we decided we wanted to make another good show for the fans in January. Ashley is an amazing fighter, and a good friend of mine, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where she goes in her fight career as well. I hope to continue my fight career and hopefully bring home a belt one day.

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(The Fighters Life)

Well I for one see a great rivalry starting to grow, like the Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward, Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier and Pacquiao Vs Marquez rivalries. Soon, it’ll be Fletcher Vs Burns up there too. (Laughs) Any future fights you two do, will most definitely be very exciting.

I have to say sorry you didn’t get the win this time, but we’ll keep cheering you on. Keep up the good work, and even a loss is a step towards that title, as the experience can only make you better.

Thanks for spending your time with us Colby!

(Colby Fletcher)

Thank you so much!!

(Stay tuned, as we interview Ashley Burns later this week.)

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StriKing Champion representing orginization at Lion Fight 10

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(TFL)
As always, it’s a pleasure to have DJ back with us on TheFightersLife.net and welcome back!
Last we spoke you had just vindicated yourself against Eric Haycraft’s fighter, Adam Edgerton, and took the StriKing Junior middleweight title. (www.Strikingfights.com)
that gold strap looks good on ya!
Tell us what you’ve been up to since last we spoke?

(DJM) I’ve recently switched gyms and intensified my training taking on 7 day a week training camps and working on my boxing a whole lot more

(TFL) How has training been going?

(DJM) Training has been going very good. I’m waking up every morning anxious to knowing where my athleticism will be taken everyday.

(TFL) What changes have you made recently to your game?

(DJM) boxing, boxing, and boxing, really looking to showcase what I’ve learned by utilizing my hands a little bit more.

(TFL) I see you’ve got a huge shot at a pro qualifier fight with Lion Fights?

(DJM) Yes I do. I’ve taken this fight on short notice, but with the way my gym trains, I’m pretty much training for a championship bout everyday regularly. So it will be a great opportunity and a great experience.

(TFL) You must be excited. Tell us your reaction when you where given the opportunity?

(DJM) I literally froze. I woke up to a text message by StriKing promoter Ty Pilgrim, asking if I wanted to fight on Lion Fights amateur card. I re-read the message five times and couldn’t believe what I was being asked. The feeling was amazing

(TFL) Who are you fighting, and what school are they from?

(DJM) I’m fighting Niko Ruiz from Saekson Muay Thai. Saekson Janjira is a legend and one of my all time favorite fighters. I know he trains every one of his fighter’s very well so I’ll know Ruiz will come with an A game, which is what I want.

(TFL) What do you know about your opponent’s style?

(DJM) From the footage I found on him I’ve noticed he likes the clinch very much. I also love the clinch, but I will aim for keeping the fight at my distance so I can work my skills and put on a good show for the fans.

(TFL) Tell us a bit of your training and fighting history, where you started and where you are now?

(DJM) My training is vigorous, a combination of sprints, circuit/weight training, bag work, boxing drills, body conditioning, it’s the complete package. My very first fight was in a club. I climbed up the ladder for a short time by knocking around MMA guys trying to do Muay Thai until I finally started get matched up with kickboxers, and it all has just been getting better from that point. I’ve watched Lionfight on TV and the internet and it’s so surreal that I am actually going to be a part of it.

(TFL)
As a Muay Thai fighter, we often have to work more and spend a lot of money fighting as amateurs, with little pay off… There’s no UFC for us. How long of a road has it been for you?

(DJM) It’s been a long road. I’ve been training and fighting for 4 years and have dreamed of traveling the world and competing as a Muay Thai fighter. To me it’s not about the money, it’s about a passion. I don’t have to have a 10 story house with 5 Ferraris in the driveway, As long as I’m able to do what I love, that’s my payout

(TFL) Well DJ, it’s great to have you back… we’ll be cheering you on at #Lionfight10 and #TFL

(DJM) Thank you, I’ll keep everyone posted via Facebook, right after security yanks me off of Yodsanklai. (Laughs)

(TFL) Don’t forget to catch DJ’s fight and many other great Muay Thai fights July 26th at Lion Fight 10 on AXS.TV

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