By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I had the chance to sit down with 6-2 lightweight Danny “The Realist” Ramirez. Danny fights under the promotion Combate Americas. With recent happenings in the promotion, Danny has his eyes set on his next opponent. Erick “Ghost pepper” Gonzalez has met Danny in the cage one time before. Danny came out with the victory, but there is still a score to be settled. Let’s get to know Danny a little bit better and find out what’s going on with the potential of this match-up.
Nick: At what age did you begin your training in martial arts?
Danny: I started training in MMA when I turned 23. I have been going for 5 years strong.
Nick: What disciplines do you train and what belts do you have in them?
Danny: I don’t train a specific one exactly. I train in wrestling, jiu-jitsu, muay thai, and boxing. I really train to be very well rounded.
Nick: How long have you been with MMA Gold Fight Team?
Danny: I have been with them since December of 2014. I also train with Saekson Muay Thai. I have been with them for almost a year now.
Nick: What would you say your biggest strength is inside the cage?
Danny: My wrestling/grappling is one of my strongest attributes. I also have to add that I have excellent fight IQ.
Nick: With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority. 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?
Danny: I have a good strength and conditioning coach which also helps me with my weight cutting. We start early and gradually drop the weight so we are always doing it right and most important we stay healthy. I usually drop 20 pounds. I don’t think it has much effect if any once I hydrate and eat. I feel like I am 100% again.
Nick: Your nickname is The Realist, who gave you that name? Why?
Danny: I got that nickname in middle school. Some tagger wanted to do a piece on my backpack so I agreed. When he brought it back it said “Realist.” I asked him why he put that and he said because I always keep it real. That name stuck and here we are now.
Nick: Since you have made this journey what advice can you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?
Danny: I would say be dedicated and just know that it takes time to climb the ladder. Don’t look ahead too far and just focus on the next fight. In MMA things change in a blink of an eye. Your an amateur today and next thing you know you’re in the pros. Hard work pays off, everything is earned never given.
Nick: Erick Gonzalez is awaiting an opponent for Combates event on July 27. You have fought in the past and you did win via decision. Are you actively trying to get the fight with him?
Danny: Yeah hopefully Combate schedules the rematch for that date. Erick really thinks he has a chance to beat me which is really funny. Let’s settle this once and for all.
Nick: I have seen on social media that you predicted you would knock out Erick guaranteed. What makes you so sure that you would finish him this time around?
Danny: If you look back at our first fight I threw no more than 10 punches. I beat him and dominated that fight with just wrestling. He doesn’t want me to let my hands go because unlike him I have power. It only takes one to put you to sleep. He’s gonna find out.
Nick: If you could pass one message on to Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez what would it be?
Danny: You ain’t ready Bell Pepper.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter of all time?
Danny: “El Pantera” Yair Rodriguez.
Nick: Danny have you submitted to the takeover?
Danny: This is Danny “The Realist” Ramirez and I have submitted to the takeover.
Well there you have it. Danny is ready to go with his sights set for July. I enjoyed talking with him and wish him luck with whatever he does in his career. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA