By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I got the opportunity to speak with pro-MMA fighter and competitive grappler Troy Whitman. Troy is 4-2 in pro-MMA and has many ventures coming up in the future. Let’s take a seat with Troy and see what’s going on.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Troy: It’s a lot of hard work and dedication. It allows me to give everything that I have to something I love. It has shown me what kind of person I am and what I am made of and for that I am grateful.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Troy: I started training with my uncle at a very young age. He had multiple black belts in multiple disciplines. I started Tae Kwon Do at the age of 14. It really wasn’t for me so I moved on to kickboxing which I loved.
Nick: What disciplines do you currently train?
Troy: I am a blue belt in BJJ. I wrestle, box, kickbox, and train Muay Thai.
Nick: With eight amateur fights (5-2-1) what made you decide to go pro?
Troy: I kept fighting the best guys that I could find. I have even fought up one and two weight classes to find fights. There was no one locally for me to fight in my weight class.
Nick: What would you say your best attribute is as a fighter?
Troy: I have to say my durability and my striking. I’m not sure that being able to take shots is such a great thing, but it does come in handy in this profession. As for striking, I think that I can stand with any opponent I will get.
Nick: July 15 you will be arriving in Philadelphia for a Bare Knuckles Boxing event. What is going on with that and how did you end up being part of it?
Troy: They are having a “tryout” for lack of a better word. It is going to be an open workout, pad session, and an interview for a reality television show. There will be several MMA promoters there also. I applied for it and got the call to come down and see how it goes. It will be a good experience for me no matter what the results are.
Nick: I am aware that you will be competing in the IBJJF open tournament in Washington D.C. on September 9. Have you competed at this level before?
Troy: I have not. This will be my first try at it. I am excited to test my skills against some great grapplers that will be there.
Nick: What grappling tournaments have you competed in?
Troy: I have competed and won several regional tournaments. I have even won at Naga for gi and no-gi.
Nick: What promotions have you fought under in the past?
Troy: XFE, CFFC< XCC< and Strike Off.
Nick: With no fight scheduled currently due to BKB and IBJJF when can we expect to see you back inside the cage?
Troy: I plan on taking a fight in late September.
Nick: With all these combat sport related things going on in your life right now what is your end goal?
Troy: I am enjoying all the opportunities that I have. While they all help me be a better and well-rounded fighter the end goal has never changed. I plan to fight under the big lights. I will always aim for the biggest promotion possible with UFC and Bellator being at the top of the list.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter of all time excluding yourself of course?
Troy: That is a tough one, but I have two. Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell is one of them. He was a monster in the cage and so much fun to watch. The second would be Rick Glenn. Not only do I like his style and mentality I am lucky enough to call him my friend.
Nick: Troy have you submitted to the takeover?
Troy: This is Troy Whitman and I have submitted to the takeover.
Troy would like to thank all of his friends, family, and supporters of the years. Shout out to CFFC, my coach Dean Lavin, Big Brother Jiu Jitsu, Premier Fight Center, and Shaun White at Whiteout Promotions.
I wish Troy all the best in his current and future ventures. I also look forward to him getting back inside the cage. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA