Bryan “Kid Lightning” Caraway UFC 149

No one would ever believe how excited I am to finally have this interview booked. And even more excited to actually do the interview. This has been in the works for eight months. I actually started trying to get this interview right before the finale of TUF 14. This interview was well worth the wait to get. You could not find a nicer more down to Earth person than Bryan Caraway.

With no further hesitation here is my interview with Bryan.

MMABeats: What has been the biggest change in your life since being on The Ultimate Fighter 14 ??

Bryan: Being able to fight in the UFC and doing what I love to do for a living. My quality of life has changed dramatically as well. Being able to train and having top of the line suppliments and high quality foods, and also having an actual place to live instead of living in an RV.

MMABeats: How is the thumb doing? Did you have to have surgery ??

Bryan: I am super close to 100% recovery with my thumb. It was a 50/50 chance of having to have the surgery or not having it. The break wasnt to the point of definitely having to have the surgery so the doctor casted it and kept it immobile until it was healed and good to go.

MMABeats: What has been the hardest part of this camp for you ?

Bryan: The lifestyle change. When fighting at 145 I could pretty much eat whatever I wanted and not really have to worry about having to watch what I eat. This time around it was even harder than normal because I had the broken thumb and couldn’t workout like I would have liked to and got the heaviest I have ever been,  which was 175 pounds. Going from 175 to 135 has been a challenge but I am dedicated and getting down to 135. The last three months I have been eating vegan. Juicing has been a big part of this camp. Been drinking lots of fruits and veggies. Changing eating habits has been the hardest part of all.

MMABeats: What have you missed most this camp?

Bryan: Fried foods.

MMABeats: What will be your post weigh-in meal?

Bryan: A healthy clean meal. Complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat pasta and grilled chicken and lots of vegatables.

MMABeats: What will your post-fight meal be ?

Bryan: Fried food and cupcakes. Probably enough to make me sick but I will enjoy  it in the process!

MMABeats: What is the best / worst part of being a fighter??

Bryan: The best part of being being a fighter is being given the opportunity to live the dream and to be able to do what you love to do and get paid to do it. The worst part of being a fighter is lack of job security and no consistent pay and having to live by the skin of your teeth to just barely get by.

MMABeats: Who is your opponent for UFC 149 ??

Bryan: Mitch Gagnon and i will be fighting at featherweight.

You can watch Bryan Caraway’s fight on FX on Saturday night. You can Follow Bryan on twitter @BryanCaraway

I would just like to say thank Bryan  for the interview ! I can’t wait to see you fight on Saturday!


Ryan Couture : Strikeforce Portland

On July 14, 2012 Ryan Couture will be fighting Joe Duarte in Portland, Oregon at the Rose Garden Arena.

A couple days ago I talked to Ryan about his upcoming fight and here is what he had to say.

MMABeats: Were you surprised when Strikeforce discontinued the Challengers Series and threw all those fighters into the deep in so to speak by taking them into the regular Strikeforce roster ??

Ryan: I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the fact that Challengers was discontinuted. Strikeforce didn’t make much money off those fights and it was inevitible that Challengers would be discontinued at some point. They took the Challenger fights and made them into preliminary fights that get airtime where as before the prelim fights were not televised.

MMABeats:  Does the figths being in Portland, Oregon mean that your family and friends will  be making the trip down from Seattle to watch your fight this weekend ?

Ryan: I have a bunch of friends and family making the trip down. Can’t wait to see them.

MMABeats: I am sure that having them all there will make it even sweeter when you get the W on Saturday!

MMABeats: Do you think feel like training in Las Vegas makes it harder to focus on the task at hand ?

Ryan: Not at all. I rather miss out on things now than to get my ass kicked and embarassed on fight night.

MMABeats: What do you miss most when you are in training camp?

Ryan: I think what I miss most when I am in camp is having a beer with my dinner. It is to many carbs.

MMABeats: What is the best part of being a fighter?

Ryan: I love everything about being a fighter. It is awesome to be able to get paid to do what I love to do ! Being part owner in XtremeCouture is a good part too. I simply love what I do.

MMABeats: What is the worst part of being a fighter?

Ryan: Without a doubt cutting weight is the worst part! Cutting weight SUCKS!

MMABeats: What has been the hardest part of this camp for you?

 Ryan: Having two workous a day, staying healthy, recovery between workouts, and sleeping right.

MMABeats: What will be your post weigh-in meal?

Ryan: I will still keep my diet clean. Eat until I am full. I will need thecalories to keep me going for the fight.

MMABeats: What will  be your post fight meal?

Ryan: My post fight meal will either be pizza or Five Guys Burger! Which ever I get will taste delicious i am sure !

In closing I would like to say that I wish Ryan all the best in his fight this weekend! I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

Follow Ryan on Twitter @RyanDCouture

Taking the Long Road Back: Jason Manly

Cesar Gracie and Jason Manly

Jason Manly has a record of 1 – 0 in MMA. What makes this statistic so interesting is that his one and only fight was eleven years ago, until now. On July 13th, 2012 Jason will be having his second MMA fight at BadBeat6 at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA. This will be Jason’s debut with the promotion BAMMAUSA. Jason will be fighting Jorge Valdez whos record is 4-1

In 2011 Jason  concentrated on competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and decided to make a return to MMA in 2012. He told me that when you have been an athelete your whole life you always have the desire to compete.  That being said this fight should be an exciting fight. I can not wait to see how things go!

He has been teaching at Mark Munoz’s Reign Training Center and has been taking Jiu-Jitsu at Gracie Fighter Academy.

For more information on this fight check out WWW.BAMMAUSA.COM


Badbeat 6

Friday, July 13, 2012

Commerce Casino – 6131 E Telegraph Rd, Commerce, CA 90040

Doors open at 6PM. Fights start at 7PM