By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I had the chance to sit with amateur MMA title contender Fotini Kandris. Fotini has a 3-2 record fighting under promotions such as Cage Rage, Valor, and 50Fifty Fight Night. June 16 Fotini will be stepping into the cage once again to claim the 50Fifty Fight Night flyweight belt. Let’s talk with her before her first title shot.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Fotini: To me being a fighter is someone who doesn’t give up in spite of difficulties or opposition.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Fotini: I started when I was about 34
Nick: What disciplines do you train and what belts do you have in them?
Fotini: I train kickboxing, Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling and Jiu Jitsu (I am a white belt in Jiu Jitsu)
Nick: How long have you been with Fitness Edge MMA?
Fotini: 1 year
Nick: What do you think your best attribute is inside the cage?
Fotini: My ability to grind
Nick: With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority. What methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?
Fotini: I use the Dolce method but I do start dieting down 8 weeks out if possible. I try to diet down to 5-7 pounds of fight weight. I do not think the cut if done properly affects my strength.
Nick: Your nickname is Tini Beast. Who gave it to you and why?
Fotini: My original strength coach and trainer came up with it together. People would call me Fotini and others would call me Tina and my coach at the time’s daughter would get confused and called me Tini. The name Tini stuck and I was such beast in the gym they put the two together to reflect my size and strength. Hence Tini Beast
Nick: WMMA has come a long way in a short amount of time. What advice could you give up and coming fighters that are pursuing fighting as a career?
Fotini: Never lose track of your goal and your why and you will never give up. It can be challenging but well worth it if it is what you want. Stay the course and train your butt off and hard work will truly pay off.
Nick: June 16 you will be fighting for the flyweight title. What does it feel like to be getting your first title shot?
Fotini: Pretty amazing. A little surreal but something I am ready for. Very exciting!
Nick: You will be facing a tough opponent in Christina Ricker. How much do you know about your opponent?
Fotini: I know she is well rounded and someone who comes to fight and that’s what I like! At the end of the day, my true opponent is myself so I do not spend too much time thinking about the person I’m fighting.
Nick: Do you have a prediction for your title fight?
Fotini: It’s going to be a great fight and very exciting. I am coming to fight and I
am coming to win!
Nick: Should you become the 50Fifty Fight Night Champion will there be plans to make the transition to the professional level?
Fotini: That would be determined by my coaches. When they decide I am ready we will make the transition but for the time being, I am focusing on becoming the best martial artist I can be.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter of all time?
Fotini: I have tw
o, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Frankie Edgar.
Nick: Fotini have you submitted to the takeover?
I have to thank Fotini for taking some time to talk with me. I wish her al the best in her upcoming title fight. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this si Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA