By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I got the chance to catch up with pro-MMA fighter Dameron Kirby. Dameron will be stepping into the cage June 17 at Strike Off 10 with an opportunity to avenge one of his losses. Let’s have a seat with Dameron and ask some questions.
Nick: What does it mean (to you) to be a fighter?
Dameron: To me, being a fighter means someone who pushes through adversity in it’s purest form. Our opponent/adversity stands across the cage every fight and a fighter has to find the mental and emotional will to win.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Dameron: I began my martial arts journey when I was around 12 years old. Started with Hapkido.
Nick: What disciplines do you train and what belts do you have in them?
Dameron: I currently train in no-gi BJJ as a purple belt and PDS (personal defense system) which is basically MMA as a black belt.
Nick: How long have you been with Evolve Academy?
Dameron: I’ve been with Evolve Academy since 2011/2012. However, I represent 2 gyms now. Evolve Academy and Team Randori, which I’m now part owner of.
Nick: What would you say is your best attribute as a fighter?
Dameron: My mental toughness. Mentally I’m about as tough as they come.
Nick: Most fighters get branded with a nickname at some point in time. Do you have one? If so who gave it to you and why?
Dameron: My nickname is”The Bruiser”. It was received in college. I used to spar a bit and people got banged up a lot against me. Someone said it one day and it stuck.
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?
Dameron: Methods of cutting weight is always a safe method of water manipulation. Flushing the water safely till weigh-ins and packing it back in after. I usually cut 15-20lbs for a fight. If done correctly, it will obviously have a minimum effect on the fighter but nothing significant.
Nick: What tips would you give young up and coming fighters just getting into the fight game?
Dameron: Make sure you love it. You won’t make it in the hurt game if it’s just a hobby. Work your butt off! Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard.
Nick: June 17 at Strike Off 10 you will be facing a tough opponent in Kenny Gaudreau. You have been in the cage with him before and have the unique opportunity to avenge one of your losses. What have you changed since the last time you fought?
Dameron: My whole game has changed, but more importantly I know my opponent better as I’ve faced him before now. So much more prepared. Last time we faced off, my body was dead. I had just fought a war in Shogun Fights a week before I fought him. I’m 100% this fight and ready to go.
Nick: Do you have a prediction for your fight?
Dameron: No solid predictions, but 1st round I see us filling each other out and by second coming out guns a blazing. It’ll be a war.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter of all time?
Dameron: I’d have to say Anderson Silva “The Spider” in his prime. His career is a highlight reel. It was something special to see.
Nick: Dameron have you submitted to the takeover?
This is Dameron “The Bruiser” Kirby and I have submitted to the takeover.
I wish Dameron all the best in his upcoming fight. A reinvented fighter ready to have part two with an old rival. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA