What’s up fight fans. Today I had the chance to catch up with rising bantamweight Steve Ramirez. Suffering his only loss on his professional debut he has put together a five fight win streak and is looking to extend that on March 18 at King of the Cage. Let’s sit down with Steve and talk.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Steve: It means a lot to me. Being a fighter and a Mixed Martial Artist means that you have a lot of discipline and you should have a lot of respect. I have to put in the hour of training and dieting, even when I’m not preparing for a fight. I’ve got to stay focused and be ready for whatever happens.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts? What was the first discipline you trained in?
Steve: I started when I was about 18. It started with Muay Thai, and that led to jiu-jitsu.
Nick: What belts do you have and in what disciplines?
Steve: I received my blue belt in Jiu-Jitsu in 2008.
Nick: Who are you training with?
Steve: I’m currently with 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under the Monster Squad banner. I train my striking with All-In MMA.
Nick: With an amateur record of 4-2 what made you to decide to go pro?
Steve: My official amateur record was actually 8-2. My unofficial amateur record is actually 11-2. I went pro because I told my mom that I was going to be a professional in something, and that turned out to be fighting.
Nick: You have fought under some major promotions. Bellator, WSOF, and King of the Cage. With a 5-1 pro record on a 5 fight winning streak what does this next fight mean to you?
Steve: It means a lot, man. Every fight is extremely important, even more so when you’re knocking on the UFC’s door. I really hope this is a turning point for me and it gets me to the next level. I’m ready to jump into the big shows. I’m ready to compete and do well at the highest level.
Nick: With your fighting style do you prefer a fight to stay on the feet or take it to the ground?
Steve: At this point, I’m ready for wherever the fight takes place. I’m comfortable anywhere, and am just as happy to knock you out as I can submit you.
Nick: What would you say is your best attribute as a fighter? Greatest weakness?
Steve: My best attribute as a fighter is my work ethic. I believe in talent, but more so I believe in work ethic. My greatest weakness as a fighter? I don’t think I really want to answer that.
Nick: There is a lot of talk about the next generation of fighter. Do you feel that you are the next generation of mixed martial artist? Do you feel any pressure to represent that?
Steve: I believe I am. Even though I’m not as young as some guys in the sport, I am. I don’t feel any pressure when I fight. If you’re feeling pressure, you’re not going to perform right.
Nick: With a great professional record early in your career do you plan to try and sign with Bellator again at some point in your career? Or UFC?
Steve: Of course I’m interested in Bellator and UFC. Both put on a great show and take care of their fighters.
Nick: You understand that marketing is important in this sport, it is all part of the fight game. How do you plan on marketing yourself?
Steve: I’m just going to keep on doing what I’ve doing. I’ve got the best management in the business, Iridium Sports Agency, and they’re working hard to help market and promote me.
Nick: What tips would you give young up and coming fighters just getting into the fight game?
Steve: Make sure that your heart is in it. That’s the most important part of the sport.
Nick: Being fan friendly is also a huge part of the fight business. Not every fighter likes to interact with their fans. Do you feel it is important to interact with your fans?
Steve: It is and I love it. I love all my fans because they love me back.
Nick: Do you have any plans in the works for after your March 18 fight?
Steve: I just want to get back in the cage as soon as possible, like in early April and rack up back-to-back wins.
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be? Why?
Steve: Demetrious Johnson. He’s pound-for-pound the best, and as a fighter I want to challenge myself against the best of the best.
I had a great time talking with Steve. Everyone tune in on March 18 King of the Cage to watch Steve extend his win streak. This is one determined guy with a vision and the skill to make it happen. Big thanks to Steve and Ed at Iridium Sports Agency for getting this interview to happen. This is Nick Portella with The MMA Takeover signing off.