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Putting The Needle To Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson will face Prentice Ingram on June 2nd at Ring Of fire 43 Bad Blood. I got him to spend a few minutes and give us a look into his mind a couple weeks before the fight.
How did you get into mma?
Bought a Tapout shirt and instantly knew how to fight.
 
What is your favorite submission?
Apparently mount…. if you ever saw my first pro fight…
Do you prefer to keep a fight on your feet or on the mat?
I decide that mid-fight. Wherever I’m more likely to finish.
What does it mean to you to be a professional fighter?
Ummm…. I no longer do all this shit for free! No honestly – being a pro fighter is different to everyone. Some people just want to be able to make a business card that says pro fighter even though they have a record of like 2-9 and don’t know what a treadmill is. I dedicated my life to improving as a fighter, and I aspire to have the knowledge and experience of guys like Alvin Robinson, Duane Ludwig, my team mate Ryan Martinez, and the countless other guys that I look up to in this sport. Number one being my trainer Adam Martinez. I have a long ways to go both mentally and physically but the progress that I expect from myself represents what it means to be a pro fighter. I take it very seriously.
What separates you from the rest of the fighters in your division?
 I open mouth kissed a horse once.
Who is your favorite fighter in mma? 
Ricky Johnson, Nick Laney, Ryan Martinez, Rory O’Farrell
If you could have a dream fight with any UFC Pro who would it be against?
 Wow – good question… I guess at this moment I would say Leonard Garcia or Korean Zombie.
Going into your fight against Prentice Ingram, many people considered you a heavy favorite. Do you feel less or more pressure when going into a fight as the favorite? 
I think it depends who you ask as to whether I’m a favorite or not… I consider all of my opponents very tough and give them the utmost credit until we get in the cage and then I try to kill them. So it’s all the same to me.
What team are you training with for Ring Of Fire 43 Bad Blood?
I’m training at my home, Infinite MMA as always… but I’d like to throw out a thank you to Factory X and all the fighters there as well. And look for Chris Holland to upset Baroni baby. 
Have you done anything different to prepare for this fight knowing that Prentice is a submission style fighter?
Nope. I train like he will be tough everywhere.
What holes do you see in Ingram’s game?
I knocked a man out with an armbar once. The moral of that story? I don’t know, I just thought it was a good story. Anywhoo… I expect opponents to patch holes between fights, so I’ll discover where he’s weak on June 2. 
What is the next move for Tommy Thompson’s mma career?
Whatever my coach tells me. 
At the end of your career what do you want your legacy to be?
For my family, wife, daughter and team to be proud of me. The rest doesn’t really concern me. 
And Finally, you have been a part of Ink’d Out from the beginning… Can we count on you to defend your win at our event in Brush on August 25th?
I have a special place in my heart for Ink’d Out. Guy Thompson is a generous person and I appreciate how he helps me continue progressing in the sport. As far as the 25th I can’t really say either way for a couple reasons… first is that I am under contract with the Ring of Fire for at least the next 2 fights. Also I have never made any plans for my career, I have faith in my coach Adam Martinez so pretty much everything runs through him. But when presented with the opportunity to help Ink’d Out I will always do what I can. 
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Josh Cavan Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

I train in Parker at Otomi Martial arts with Thomas Denny and Team WIldman.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

Opportunity to make something of myself and not be normal. I was given empty promises three years in a row with minor league hockey. I came across Thomas Denny and Team Wildman one day at the gym and something told me to go talk to them. Two years later, here we are.

 

3. What is your nickname?

Good question. My brother Tyler gave me the name Iron Man after my first fight, then someone gave me “The Cubicle” one day at practice (which I hate that name) and lately people have been calling me Superman. I’m about to make it Josh “you won’t pronounce my last name right” Cavan.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

Yes please. Whatever it takes to get my hand raised at the end of the night. 

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

MMA is a huge part of my life now. I still work full time and go straight to training afterwards, go home, recover, then back to training. I have a very good support system with my family, girlfriend and friends. It’s overwhelming how much they support me and understand when they don’t get to see me as much as they’d like (or as I’d like). After fights, I do my best to focus my time on spending as much time with them as possible.

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

A lot of variety, depends what I’m in the mood for but mainly heavy metal, dubstep and rap.

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

I don’t have much down time at all. When I do, I’m usually napping, watching movies or playing video games because I’m beat up and sore from training. 

8.  Who is your inspiration?

My family. We have stuck together through everything. My mom and dad have always been so supportive of my brothers and I. I feel bad for them: I’m a fighter, my brother Sean is a pilot and my brother Tyler is a hockey player. They are always worrying about one of us. My brothers are always working so hard to achieve their goals, on days I don’t feel like training, I think of them and it gives me that extra push. 

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

Lots of water and a healthy meal. I still have a job to do.

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

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Michael Matthews Get’s Ink’s Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

I train at the commerce city rec and Westminister la boxing my coach’s are mike Silva, Keith Schmelzir, and Jeff Myer’s.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

I always did martial arts since I was little but maybe 10 years ago are so I want to try and become the best in the whole world.

3. What is your nickname?

I have two Michael the psycho Matthews and Michael the lion Matthews but I like the first one better.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

I would like to knock them out but everybody is so tough and I end up getting the submission’s instead.

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

 I go to work in the morning and get off around 5-6 p.m. then I start training right after work I get my son on my weekends so I train when I can when he is around and my spirit is something I am still trying to master.


6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

I listen to rock music right now my favorite is disturbed.

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

I don’t really have any other interest maybe playing on the computer. 

8.  Who is your inspiration?

I have different people to inspire me for different reason’s but I guess my father is one of the main ones.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

I like to eat anything so I really don’t have a preference.

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

My next opponent is really good I don’t have any advice to give him but a lot to learn from him but maybe let’s just go in there and have some fun!!

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Adam Stroup Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

 I train at factory x. My coaches are Marc Montoya, JJ Pugsley and Andres Hermida and my teammates are Chris Camozzi, Brian Camozzi, Chase Hackett, Nick Macias, Joe Warren, Marcus Edwards, Wes Tressel, Tony Miller, Randy Caruso, Bryant Craven, Aaron Trujillo, Randy Rowland, Chris Holland, Nicholi Navarro, Kelly Brown, Brittany Boone and Alexis Clinger. 

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

I really enjoy the challenge of a fight.

3. What is your nickname?

No Nickname…

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

I want to knock’em out but I always end up choking ‘em out. 

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

I try to make time for my personal life but with work and fighting my days are busy.

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

Old school rap or metal 

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

I like to watch Bronco games with my family, eat pizza, drink a lot of beer.

8.  Who is your inspiration?

My dad and my uncles. They instilled toughness and the fighting spirit in me.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

I still eat pretty clean after the weigh in , but after the fight I eat a Philly cheese steak, a dozen wings and a big ass Coors light. 

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

Bring it on.

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Roger Minton Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

American Top Team Altitude, Coachs: Deryck Ripley, Austen Ford, Ethan Day, Training Partners: Bobby Lashley, Alex Huddleston, David Ross, Tony and Jorge Dominguez.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

Watching Matt Hughes wrestle in high school then go to the UFC.

3. What is your nickname?

The Joker, I’m funny guy till it’s time to shut that cage door.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

Neither, I want to break bones.

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

When I’m not training I try to spend has much time as I can with my kids and sometimes take them to the gym with me. I find fighting to be spiritual, like the Samurai.
6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

Slipknot, Fort Minor, Rise Against, Jay-Z, and DJ Khaled
7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

 Shooting, six years in the infantry and growing up in the south hunting, you develop and foundness for it.
8.  Who is your inspiration?

Big Nog and Frank Mir, very talented fighters, but also very intelligent. They tend to have a cerebral approach to their fights.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

Chicken fajitas, get protein, carbs, veggies and don’t have to put a bunch a junk in your tank.

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

Tap or Snap!

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Jeremy Martinez Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

Rio Grande Boxing. My boy Porf tunes up the hands and my boy Lucas tunes up the body. Between them I am always ready to go. Mentally and physically.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

Being a big fan of MMA and the love of competition.

3. What is your nickname?

I don’t know Batman seems pretty fitting though. Let’s go with that. Batman.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

Knock ‘em out.

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

It’s definitely not easy. I have 2 kids and a great woman and it’s hard knowing you wanna spend all the time in the world with them but half of your day is spent at work punching the clock the other half at the gym punching the bag. People think being a fighter is acting a fool and getting paid but it’s not. Not even close.

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

Ozzy Osbourne, Linkin Park to name a few and can’t forget about the local talent Lost Point etc.

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

Coaching the youth. I spend a lot of my time with the youngsters coaching everything from wrestling to football pushing them to make something of themselves and can’t forget about camping, fishing and hiking come on now I am a Colorado boy! 

8.  Who is your inspiration?

Again the youth. I come from a small community so I always try to push a percentage of what I make their way. So if I win that’s that many more jerseys, helmets etc. Also, I love watching them compete. Pushing them knowing they are giving it 100 percent. When i train I think about how hard they work and it drives me to push a little bit harder.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

Haha come on now you know I’M Hungry lol but I like to eat pasta and salad the night before the fight nice and light. After the fight, a burger and a beer!

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

Let’s do it! I am not about all the disrespectful talk and nonsense when it comes to the fight, win or lose, I just want to put on a show and make it count.

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Todd Meredith Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

I train out of Fusboxe MMA. Head Coach Michael Sullivan, Coach Vic Brabo. Training Partners; Garrett Culpepper, Bo Yurko, Cody Moore, Chris Fullenwider.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

Started Paying attention to UFC when Brock Lesnar came around. I had heard of him when he was wrestling in college so it got me to watch. I wrestled too and thought maybe i could do it.

3. What is your nickname?

I don’t have an official nickname. Shannon Culpepper calls me “tater Todd”.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

No preference whatever it takes to win

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

It’s hard to find balance I just figure I need to make the sacrifice now while I can because this will be gone one day.

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, anything heavy or fun.

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

Snowboarding, hanging with my family playing cards, or board games or lawn games.

8.  Who is your inspiration?

My wife Christy, my parents.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

I like sushi right after weigh ins then after my fight Good Times Burgers or something like that!

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

Let’s have fun and bring out the best in each other. 

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Vellore Caballero Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

I train at Easton Training Center and Grudge Training Center with Tyrone Glover, Josh Ford, Bryan Youngs, Trevor Witman, Justin Salas, Tyler Toner. I also get time in at Factory X with Marc Montoya, Chase Hackett, and Nick Macias. 

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

 I wanted to have that real experience to make me a better instructor. I also wanted to learn about myself through the experience. 

3. What is your nickname?

No nickname.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’ out?

I’m a BJJ guy so I like the submission finish. If you knock someone out, it’s quick and they don’t know it happened even, but when someone consciously decides to stop, that’s the best feeling! 

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

 It’s kind of hard for me in some ways because I keep a lot on my plate it seems, but I’m so passionate about everything that I’m doing, it keeps everything going strong. That and I have the best team at home and in the gym!

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

 Lots of different things…mainly hip hop stations on the satellite or slacker radio. 

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

Riding Motorcycles

8. Who is your inspiration?

All of my teammates and coaches at Easton/Grudge. They’re all so accomplished and polished. Every day I learn so much.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

Oatmeal with berries and walnuts/almonds. Sticks to the ribs!!

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

Come ready for a good fight!

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Gabe Flores Get’d Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

I am training out of Delgados boxing and mma with coaches Brian Seriah Wood, Joe Trujillo, and Henry Delgado.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

I’ve always been competitive and ever since I saw Couture vs Liddell 2 I knew someday I wanted to be an mma fighter.

3. What is your nickname?

 I haven’t come up with a nickname yet. I’ve been joking around with the honey badger and mongoose… both are unassumingly vicious animals but when it comes, it comes.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’ out?

I’ve been practicing Thai boxing for the last year and feel like my KO power is as good as anyone in the division but I’m most comfortable on the ground. I’d rather make u tap with technique than expose myself trying to KO someone.

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

I’m only working part time now to focus on fighting. This also gives me an opportunity to spend more time with my 2 boys who mean everything to me.

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

 I like to listen to upbeat tunes to keep me in a positive mood. My girlfriend introduced me to Dubstep and Techno so I’ve been rockin a lot of Skrillex and Bloody Beatroots. Can’t go wrong with Kanye or JayZ. Or some hardcore rock.

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

I love movies. Any kind as long as it has a great story. I’ve seen the avengers 3 times already and plan on it again if there’s nothing else to do. When I’m with my kids it all about what they want to do. We usually spend the day at Chuck E Cheese or go swimming.

8. Who is your inspiration?

I’m mostly inspired by any underdog. U can’t count anyone out ever. Every dog has his day and any man can meet his maker.


9. Best post weigh-in meal?

After weigh-ins I keep it light with avocado and carbs and a lot of electrolytes. After the fight it’s all Red Robin bacon swiss and mushroom. I also discovered buffets are a great way to indulge in every craving you have leading up to weigh-ins.


10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

I don’t do grudge matches and i do my talking in the cage. At the end of the day just put on a good show for the fans that support what we do. If they can walk away from the venue that night and say we had a helluva fight we did our job.

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