I had 3 World titles in Muay Thai and the creators of King of the Cage asked me to be the main event on their first show. Then a few years later, after another World Championship and a Thailand Bare Knuckle Championship, I wanted a new challenge. Until that point, I had only dabbled in MMA as a Thaiboxer, so I decided to actually train for and fight MMA.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE STRIKE/SUBMISSION TO USE IN ANY FIGHT?
My favorite technique is the one that my opponent is gonna let me get! I've never been much for sticking to a certain mold. Instead, I trained for everything. It's kinda like knowing all the strategies in chess. Eventually I'm gonna find the one that beats yours!
WHO IS/WAS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION?
That's a weird question for me. I would say that my trainers were all very inspirational. Thohsaphon Sitiwatjana, Wishan Duangsima, and Adjarn Monkonkeaw were all supreme badasses. My favorite Thaiboxer was always Ole Kiatoneway. Google it!
WHO WAS YOUR ALL TIME FAVORITE BOXER GROWING UP?
My favorite boxer growing up was Roberto Durán. But I was also a huge Roy Jones, Jr. fan later on.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU TO BE A "FIGHTER"?
Being a fighter is far more than just being someone who fights. It's a lifestyle, a birthright, a calling and a mindset. It means that I won't ever give up; that I will make massive sacrifices of time, comfort and convenience to be the best version of myself in order to defeat whatever adversarial force I encounter. Of the people that fight, few are truly fighters and even fewer exist in the world outside of competitive fighting. The real fighters that read this will know who they are and the ones that aren't will be butthurt!
IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE DREAM FIGHT WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
I would have Loved to have fought Rob Kamen or Ramon Dekkers. Those dudes are legendary. I've been in the ring with some legends and I count myself honored, just as I would be to share the ring and shed blood with those guys.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST MMA ACHIEVEMENT?
You would expect me to say something like winning a title in Thailand or making it into the UFC or something. However, I would say earning the respect of the elite, both within competitive combat sports and beyond.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
Sharks! I'm so afraid of sharks. But only in a water scenario. If I see a great white in a dark alley somewhere, I'm whoopin that ass!
WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL TRAINING ROUTINE?
I don't have a "typical routine". A routine gets you nowhere but in a plateau. If you have a little bit of creativity coupled with a decent knowledge of biomechanics, you can diversify your training constantly and never reach a plateau short of your genetic predisposition and in some cases well past that point. As an MMA fighter, I train many different disciplines, each with it's own set of sport-specific conditioning. So, it would be difficult to settle into a "routine" anyway.
WHAT WOULD YOUR REGIMEN BE THE NIGHT BEFORE & DAY OF YOUR FIGHT?
The night before a fight is weigh-in. After weigh-in I pretty much spend the whole night eating and doing some sort of activity completely separate from fighting. At that point I'm actually trying to get my mind off of fighting altogether. All the hard work is done. I'm not going to be any more prepared than I already am. I'll stay up until 3 or 4am and wake up at noonish. This puts fight time right in the middle of my waking hours, which is where studies show is your peak performance time. On the day of the fight I spend the morning much the same that I did the night before. Then I get a little quiet relaxed time to run through every scenario I can think of that might happen in the fight so that I run into as few surprises as possible. Then it's off to the party!
TOP 3 EXERCISES FOR MUY THAI / MMA?
That's another difficult question. Monitored bag work is essential for all types of fighting. Bag work can help you develop power and stamina. However, it must be monitored. Repetition is the key to building muscle memory or "habits". You should have a coach there to monitor your bag work not only to keep you on a good pace, but also so that your technique stays sharp. If you get lazy and your technique suffers while putting in all of that repetition, you could be developing muscle memory that you don't want.
Padwork is another very important exercise for a fighter. With padwork you can develop speed and accuracy while sharpening your technique and learning new technique. However, this depends highly on your coaching.
As far as resistance exercises are concerned, there are many that you need to build strength in fighting movements because of how dynamic the sport is. If I were to single out one exercise that I feel helps a lot with fighting, I would list the clean and press among the top.
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED?
The evolution of fighting moves fast. Knowing that is more than enough motivation to keep pushing and learning and evolving with it. There are more fighters with new techniques and bigger strengths all the time. Just trying to keep up is a huge motivational factor.
FAVORITE MEAL / TYPE OF FOOD?
I like pizza and chicken fingers and all the other foods that lazy people steer clear of. I put in enough work to be able to eat whatever I want. So, I do! At the same time, when fight time draws near, I have no problem tightening up my diet. I am perfectly fine eating the exact same engineered meal every meal, every day to get me where I need to be. I do keep my diet clean of poisons though. I'll eat pizza and cheeseburgers, but I won't eat fast food or anything with my list of personally banned substances such as HFCS, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial dyes, artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, "proprietary blends", etc.
FAVORITE TYPE OF CARDIO?
Rowing is probably my favorite cardio. I have a Concept2 Rowing Machine in my home that I prefer over any other piece of equipment at the gym. It's a great multi-muscle exercise that takes technique that you have to pay attention to which makes the time fly by.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BODY PART and WHY?
I don't think I have a favorite body part. I appreciate them all and how they work together equally. Now, if you asked what my favorite body part on my girl is, I would be able to give a more concise answer!
WHAT SUPPLEMENTS DO YOU USE? (AND REGIMEN)?
Most supplements are absolute hogwash! That's why I only take a few and why the best companies only offer a few. I take a multivitamin because it's necessary for every human. I supplement my protein, bcaa, glutamine and D3. For performance I will use a "preworkout" and a carbohydrate-centric supplement for during and after my workout. I also use racetams for my brain.
WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER FAVORITE HOBBIES BESIDES FITNESS/MMA?
Manshit. I Love all forms of manshit. Shooting guns, driving race cars, fixing stuff, building stuff, camping and most anything that lets loose my testosterone and adrenaline.
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS YOU WOULD GIVE OTHERS IF THEY WANT TO PURSUE MMA AS A PROFESSION?
The absolute most important tip for becoming a professional fighter is to find the right coach. Not just a good coach, but a good coach that you jive with. There may be a coach that is phenomenal with another fighter, but you just may not vibe with. That perfect coach might not be in your town. You may have to move, and that brings me to another important tip. You will need dedication and sacrifice that you never even thought was possible. Plan on being poor and sore for awhile. A long while. It will pay off, but you're gonna have to hurt to get there.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE TO DESCRIBE YOUR WAY OF THINKING?
"Do some shit" - Kit Cope
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE KAGED MUSCLE FOR YOUR SUPPLEMENT NEEDS? WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS?
I've been approached by a number of supplement companies in the past offering various endorsement deals and even partnership deals. I am just extremely strict about the substances I allow into my system. Kaged Muscle was suggested to me by a good friend of mine because he knows my standards. Unlike other companies(pretty much all of the big ones) that make supplements that they know fully well contain poisons and other supplements they know are complete bullshit, KM only makes clean and effective products. They don't have a separate product line with clean supplements, as some companies do. All the supps they make are good. And they don't manufacture any products that are bullshit and make bullshit claims like "This protein has 7600% more complete assimilation!" They just make the good shit for people that know better without assuming we are all idiots.
WHERE WILL YOU BE IN 5 YEARS?
In 5 years I will be climbing the ranks in my next professional sport of choice which will be some sort of automotive racing. Not NASCAR. Real racing like rallycross or desert racing.
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