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All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled (ft. Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross & T-Pain)

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Featured Fighter: Stephen Thompson

I have done quite a few interviews lately and it was a refreshing to hear a familiar Southern accent when talking to Stephen. He totally made me feel at ease talking to him by laughing and making jokes. This alone made this the easiest interview i have done to date! Thanks Stephen!

MMABeats: How did you get started in MMA?

Stephen: Like my brothers and sisters I started training in Kempo Karate when I was 3 years old. My Dad was my instructor. When I was 12 I started training in full contact Kempo Karate and had my first fight at 15. My record was 56-0 with 46 knockouts. In 2006 in a kickboxing match I tore my ACL and had to have 2 surgeries to repair it. Which led to a 3 year lay off and recovery. In 2006, after my recovery i started training in MMA. My MMA record is 5-0

MMABeats: Can you give me a definition of Kempo Karate?

Stephen: Kempo karate is basically MMA. We do stand up, we work wrestling, we do Brazilian jiu-jitsu, so I’ve been doing it (MMA) for a while and competing in kickboxing for a long time.

MMABeats: What is your Martial Arts background?

Stephen: Kenpo Karate. My whole family is involved and we have a school in Simpsonville, SC. It is called Upstate Karate; I teach the kids class

MMABeats: Who is your biggest influence?

Stephen: My family is my biggest influence. We are all involved in Kempo and have the school. My Mom is a big influence; she runs the school, and has helped in a big way make it what it is today. We have 650 students and growing.

MMABeats: What inspires you?

Stephen: I love competing and teaching. I do my best to not let my students down.

MMABeats: What is your biggest accomplishment ?

Stephen: Competing in UFC! That is the biggest MMA stage in the world! And also winning WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations) Gold Medal. That was a huge accomplishment because I beat fighters that had much more experience than I had and I still beat them! Some of them had 200+ fights. The US hadn’t won a medal in many years. 

MMABeats: When was your first MMA fight?

Stephen: It was in 2009 in Greenville, SC at the Bi-lo Center for Fight Party Promotions.

MMABeats: What was your first walkout song?

Stephen: All I Do Is Win, by T-Pain

MMABeats: What are your favorite kinds of music to listen to while you workout?

Stephen: Growing up, Dad listened to Elvis while we worked out. But i really listen to everything, dubstep, hard rock, country.. really everything!

MMABeats: Why do you choose the songs that you do for your walkout song?

Stephen: I choose it for the beat and if the song is positive. If it is upbeat it gets me pumped up!

MMABeats: Do you think your choice of walkout song has the chance to change the way your fans see you as a fighter?

Stephen: If your song has negative lyrics and cussing it may cause the fans to see you in a negative way and if they are positive it may make them see you in a postive way.

MMABeats: When is your next fight?

Stephen: UFC 143 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be my UFC debut!

STEPHEN’S FIGHT WILL BE SHOWN ON FACEBOOK! FACEBOOK.COM/UFC go to the page and like it then you will be able to watch the fight !

The reason Mark Munoz pulled out of his fight was because he had surgery on his elbow for bone spurs… the first picture is of the pieces they took out of his elbow and the final picture was when the surgery was complete

FEATURED FIGHTER: MARK “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz


MMABeats: How did you get started in MMA ??

Mark: A great friend of mine, Urijah Faber told me to try it out. I didn’t have time at first because I was teaching, coaching, getting my master’s degree in sport psychology, with a wife and 4 kids. But he stayed on me. Got me to come and train with Randy Couture and I was hook ever since.

MMABeats: Did you have a martial arts background before or has it all been learned since you started MMA ?

Mark: The extent of my martial arts background is my wrestling background. I’ve wrestled since I was 13, but as far as any other martial arts, I haves no experience. I had to learn MMA really quick.

MMABeats: What would consider your fighting style ?

Mark: I have a boxer/wrestler fighting style!

MMABeats: Who has been your biggest influence in your MMA career?

Mark: I’d say the biggest influence has to be my family!

MMABeats: What was your first walkout song? Where was your first fight?

Mark: My first walkout song was and still is, “Tell Me When To Go – E-40” my first fight was in Lemoore at the Tachi Palace.

MMABeats: What are your top 5 favorite songs to get your pumped up to workout or you just like to listen to?

Mark:

1. The Glory of God – Shai Linne

2. Our God is Greater – Chris Tomlin

3. Bebot – Black Eyed Peas

4. Tell Me When to Go – E-40

5. Teach Me How to Dougie – Cali Swag District

MMABeats: Why do you choose the songs you do for your walkout songs and what is the significance of the song to you?

Mark: I either choose Bebot by the Black Eyed Peas or Tell Me When to Go by E-40. I choose Bebot because of my Filipino culture and Tell Me When to Go because of my Vallejo roots. E-40 is from my hometown.

MMABeats: Do you think your choice of walkout song has the chance of the way your fans perception of you?

Mark: Yes I do! You can tell a lot about a person by the music they listen to.

MMABeats: When is your next fight?

Mark: January 28

Due to unforseen circumstances Mark had to withdraw from his January 28, 2012 fight against Chael Sonnen.

FEATURED FIGHTER: Joseph Sandoval

January 20, 2012 marks the UFC Debut of one of my favorite fighters I have interviewed. His name is Joseph Sandoval. He is from near San Antonio Texas. Small town guy with big time dreams! Here is his story ! Enjoy !

MMABeats: How did you get started in MMA ?

Joseph: I watched the UFC with my grandpa on TV And just knew that is what i wanted to do. I met the right people and started training to get into shape and was offered a pro fight after training for a while  but decided i needed some ammy fights first. and the rest is history ! 🙂

MMABeats: Did you have a martial arts background before or has it all been learned since you started MMA ?

Joseph: In middle school – freshman year in highschool I did wrestling and Boxing and it highschool I ran Cross Country and Track

MMABeats: What would consider your fighting style ?

Joseph: Freestyle fighter but I like to stand up and bang too.

MMABeats: Who has been your biggest influence in your MMA career?

Joseph: My Grandparents. They raised me and instilled a strong work ethic in me. I would like to do as well as they did for themselves if not better.

MMABeats: What was your 1st walkout song and where was the event?

Joseph: Not sure. The event was in Clovis New Mexico against Matthew Espinoza.

MMABeats: What are your favorite songs to get your pumped up to workout or before a fight ?

Joseph: Anything by Busta Rhymes, Pittbull, Cumbia and others.

MMABeats: Do you think your choice of walkout song has the change your fans perception of you?

Joseph: Yes If your song is raunchy ppl may get the idea you are that kind of person. It definitely says something about you as a fighter.

MMABeats: When is your next fight? 

Joseph: January 20, 2012 in Nashville, TN

Joseph Sandoval UFC Debut January 20th, 2012

I am proud to call Joseph a friend. Big things are in store in his future !

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