Interviews - Jemyma Betrian

Jemyma Betrian set to make her Professional MMA Debut with Lights Out Promotions CHAOS AT THE CASINO 5 on August 10th at Hollywood Park Casino, Los Angeles CA. Here are just a few Questions and answers from the Muay Thai World Champion.

1. How long have you been competing in Martial Arts and what has inspired you along the way? Where did you start training?

I began Kickboxing when I was 14 years old and began competing 4 months later. I have always had the fighting spirit in me and my mother told me that I needed to put my energy into a positive activity. My first gym was Team Explosion in Nijmegen, Holland.

2. You are a world champion in our organization. What are your goals in the sport of Muay Thai and why?

My goals are to continue to motivate the new generation of fighters and continue to be a positive role model to all my fans.

3. You're going to make your professional Mixed Martial Arts debut with Lights Out Promotions. What makes you want to try your hand in MMA?

I am looking for a new challenge and feel that I would be successful in MMA because it is the last Martial Art that I have not tried.

4. We already know what you're capable with your Muay Thai based striking. What are your goals in this MMA fight?

To win and to be able to showcase my new skills on the ground.

5. Tell us how your Muay Thai has helped you evolve into a more well rounded fighter. How do you think it will help you in the fight?

I am very confident in my striking ability and speed and am going to try and use all my Muay Thai skills in the cage, but still feel I need to prove myself on the ground.

6. We know you've been training with Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler and camp. What have you learned from the team at Glendale Fighting Club? Are there any specifics from the UFC champion? What are they?

Working with the GFC Fight Team has been amazing. They have opened my eyes to the world of grappling and submissions. All the girls and coaches have been very helpful and have given me a solid foundation of both offensive and defensive techniques. There are no specific techniques that I have learned, but I am prepared for everything.

7. What can we expect from a more well rounded Jemyma Betrian?

I will do my best like I do in every fight and we will just have to wait to see what the outcome is.

8. Last but not least, any shout outs?

I just want to thank everyone who has supported me through my journey including my fans, sponsors, friends, and most importantly family.

Interviews - Spenser Mix

WCK has had the pleasure to match the undercard fights on the Glory World Series GLORY 17 "Last Man Standing" card taking place at the fabulous forum in Inglewood, CA. on June 21, 2014. Here are is a Q & A from Spenser Mix who is rematching Jules Wallace under kickboxing rules. These guys fought to a draw their last meeting at Cali 4:

1. What does it feel like to be selected to fight on one of the biggest cards the US and World has ever seen the likes of?

I am incredibly honored to take part in this historic event. To fight on a stage this large is like nothing that I had ever expected for myself in such a short amount of time. It is opportunities like these that spark my fire and motivate me to do better. This is only the beginning for me. This portion of my journey is starting to open my eyes to the sport on a grand scale. It makes me hungry and constantly questioning, "what could possibly be next?"

2. How long have you been competing in the sport of Kickboxing?

I have been competing in Muay Thai for approximately two years.

3. What's your favorite aspect of the sport and why?

Pushing my own personal limits. I tend to push limits in all aspects of my life. When it comes to Muay Thai this can become a very rewarding experience. Challenging ones mind and body to perform optimally in a hostile environment is no easy task. The balance of relaxing your mind to think efficiently and fine tuning your body like a machine takes countless hours of preparation. Hours upon hours of training for an 8-10 minute goal seem insane. For those few moments, the suffering you felt during training is rewarded. Pushing your body to its limits physically while challenging the strength of your mind to pursue the victory you envision every night before you go to sleep. Feeling the balance between mind and body and knowing that you have achieved something very few people will ever feel in a lifetime.

4. What do you think you bring to the ring that your opponent doesn't?

My opponent is a very seasoned warrior and he has proved so in our last encounter. He has been in this game for longer than I have. Experience is a valuable tool in the ring. I too have experience, but in other forms of martial arts other than Muay Thai. I feel this makes my style unorthodox and harder to read.

5. You and Jules fought to a draw in your last fight. How do you plan on making sure this doesn't happen again?

This training camp was completely different than the last. My scholastic career was coming to a close and demanded a majority of my time. Internships are very time consuming. They become unforgiving in terms of meeting goals and expectations. The same can be said about this sport. That same determination and will power that was divided between two parts of my life has now been focused 100% to this fight. My trainer, Julio Trana, and I have worked tirelessly to secure a W for this fight. It is because of the endless hours that Julio has spent with me in the gym that I have become the fighter that I am today. We both are very excited to have the honor of being on Glory's amateur card. We have never anticipated a fight quite the same way that we have for this one.

6. What did you do differently to train for this fight, than some of your other fights?

With the help of my new sponsor, Chatsworth Crossfit (CCF), I have implemented a new type of strength and conditioning. Tom Griffin, owner and mentor at CCF, has pinpointed specific aspects of my training that needed improvement. This stretches from all aspects of performance to recovery and nutritional needs. It is because of his guidance that I have learned efficient ways to push my limits and still be able to sustain the high levels of performance that are necessary for this fight.

7. What can we expect come fight night and beyond?

VICTORY.

Interviews - Jules Wallace

WCK has had the pleasure to match the undercard fights on the Glory World Series GLORY 17 "Last Man Standing" card taking place at the fabulous Forum in Inglewood, CA. on June 21, 2014. Here are a couple Q&A's from the Amateur fighters on the card:

Jules Wallace (Sityodtong Muay Thai Los Angeles) on upcoming rematch with Spenser Mix (Saekson Muay Thai Los Angeles):

1. What does it feel like to be selected to fight on one of the biggest cards the US and World has ever seen the likes of?

This is an amazing opportunity and I thank WCK for selecting me! I'm honored and privileged to be taking part in Glory 17. As an amateur fighter it will be an amazing experience to take part in this world leading professional event, I will enjoy it to the fullest and I look forward to putting on a great fight in my undercard match to get the show on the road.

2. How long have you been competing in the sport of Kickboxing?

I've been competing in Muay Thai since 2010, I won my first fight by knockout at the Thai New Year festival in Hollywood. My record is currently 5-3-1. I have also competed in MMA but I prefer the "stand-up" aspects of fighting. I previously trained in Karate before discovering Muay Thai. When I moved to California I was fortunate to be advised to seek out "The Sleeper", Kru Walter Michalowski, who I've been training with at Sityodtong Los Angeles ever since.

3. What's your favorite aspect of the sport and why?

The intensity, it's sport in it's purest form. As a fighter, I appreciate the athleticism and skill involved but it goes deeper than that, it's a true test of will. Sometimes it looks like a fight is over then there is an amazing comeback, that can be inspiring.

4. What do you think you bring to the ring that your opponent doesn't?

Scottish pride! I've lived in the US for several years now but I'm originally from Scotland, there's a lot of tough fighters back there and I have to represent that effectively. 5. You and Spenser fought to a draw in your last fight. How do you plan on making sure this doesn't happen again?

Our last fight was very close, one more round would have decided it. This will be a war. I'm going all out for victory, using all the weapons of Muay Thai, and aim to leave no doubts about the result this time.

6. What did you do differently to train for this fight, than some of your other fights?

I'm always striving to improve and better myself in training. Obviously we make a few adjustments for specific opponents but the focus is on what I can bring to the ring. This time I've worked more with Sityodtong fighter and coach Josh Aragon, I've been sparring with experienced pro fighters like Glen Spencer Jr, and I've been working with boxing coach Qurane McMullen at Fortune Gym in Hollywood. Other than that, it's been one more tough training camp.

7. What can we expect come fight night and beyond?

I take one fight at a time and I'm 100% focused on fight night. I aim to put on the best performance of my career. I fight relentlessly with determination and heart and that will make for an explosive match. After my fight, I look forward to have a beer with my team and enjoy all the action of this amazing event! Beyond that, my goal is to continue onwards and upwards and I hope you'll be seeing me on another event soon.