|Posted by Derrick on April 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
I would like to start off by sending a big THANK YOU to Ty Pilgrim and his partner at Striking fights for letting me partake in one of the most professionally run amateur Muay Thai events that I have ever been a part of. Secondly I would like to thank my opponent David Roland for rising up to the challenge and being a great opponent. He is a very talented fighter where I had to use all the skills I know to compete with him.
The fight started out very shaky for me as he came out with a very powerful leg kick. Unfortunately the ring was very slippery so when that kick came it was on the calf and sent my feet flying from under me. I didn't get discouraged though; I popped right back up and made a mental note of the ring so it wouldn't catch me off guard again. We battled back and forth and at one point I heard my KRU Wayne yell a combo. In my mind I though why not. I let it out like a class 9 hurricane and boom David was on the mat getting a standing 8 count. I was such a rush especially when I saw that I had drawn blood…my bloodlust was growing and I wanted more.
The second and third rounds were tough we battled back and forth and David was very effective in offsetting my timing for my combos. I don't know if he heard my corner or was just reacting to me but it was a good strategy on his part. When I came out in the third round I knew I had to dominate it but so did David. He told me later that his corner told him to win he had to knock me out and he tried repeatedly. We both fought hard pushing each other back and forth. We both were starting to tire so as the round came to a close we both had to dig deeper and deeper. I felt that the harder he fought I had to fight that much harder. I didn't give up; I have taught myself never to give up until that final bell goes.
One of the most exciting part of the fight was the fact that at the end of each round we both were fighting so hard that the ref had to jump in between us because I am sure we would both have kept going till we couldn't go anymore.
So the third round ended and I wasn't too sure how the decision was going to go. I congratulated David on a great fight and returned to my corner. I was still feeling the effects of adrenalin and everything was a bit blurred…I didn't even realize any of the crowd's reaction to the fight. So the ref called us back to the center of the ring for the decision. In my mind, win or lose, I still won. I was in complete shock when the announcer said the match ended in a draw. It took me a minute to realize what that meant even as the ref raised both our hands.
My fight was the first of the three fights for our club PRIDE Muay Thai. The next fight was Shahin and it was her first fight at that. She fought very hard and very well. As I was recording it from the back, the people around me said "WOW, she has heart and is tough". That she does. She had a few hurdles to overcome during training and she did that. She didn't let anything interfere with her dream of fighting. She challenged her opponent and didn't stop. I am proud that I was able to train with her and I am also proud to call her "Sister". It takes a very strong person to enter the ring and stronger person to walk out with their head held high after going to battle and she did that. The third fight was KRU Wayne. He fought hard and well. There is a reason I call him KRU and if you saw him fight you know why. Unfortunately, after dominating the first four rounds his opponent landed a cross at the right time and the right place which knocked him to the mat and he was unable to continue. It could have just as easily gone the other way. As a fighter there is nothing you can do to prevent good timing and placement of a knockout punch. Wayne fought with all his heart and soul and that is all that counts in my book. I am honored to call him KRU and Brother!!!
As a club we made many connections and let people know that Canucks are tough SOB's. We were told repeatedly that we were welcome back to fight on the Striking promotion. I look forward to the next time…and yes there will be a next time…as long as my heart is a beating!!!!
In closing I would like to thank both KRU Wayne and KRU Charleen for the time and effort. Since I have started training a PRIDE Muay Thai, I have grown as a fighter and a person more than any other place I have trained. That is because PRIDE isn't a club with numbers; it's a family that cares about you inside the club and outside as well. I would also like to thank the members of PRIDE as well as my friends who showed support for me in this endeavor.
Muay Thai isn't fighting it’s a way of living life and challenging yourself to be better!!
|Posted by Derrick on April 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
Well it's the morning of the fight day in Muskogee, Ok. I am excited. The weigh ins are complete. I came in at 188,8. I didn't have to do any weight cutting so that was awesome. I am excited about tonight. This will be one of the biggest event locations I have fought in. I spent 2 months of hell for this moment. it's going to be 6 minutes of fun. Today is the reason why I do what I do. People always ask why and I think that I can never truely expain to them why...the only way is to experience it for themselves.
I would like to say good luck to both Shahin (this is her first fight) and Kru Wayne. PRIDE is going to put on a good show!!!
|Posted by Derrick on April 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
Well, If you asked me last year at this time where I would be. I woudn't say Muskogee, Oklahoma representing PRIDE Muay Thai in the ring. I am so pumped to part of such a professionally run event. The promoter Ty Pilgram has done and is doing an outstanding job.
I feel so lucky to part of the PRIDE family. Both Kru Wayne and Kru Charleen spent a lot of time preparing me for this event and for that I am super appreciative. Without their hard work and the help of others from PRIDE family I wouldn't be ready.
It's two days prior to the fight, tomorrow is the wiegh ins with a press conference. Then on Saturday it's down to business for Shahin, Myself, and Wayne. We all worked very hard to get hear so I know we will put on a great show!!!
|Posted by Derrick on October 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM||comments (0)|
Well the all the fights on the card were great. Especially mine. I wasn't happy with the results as the judges gave all three rounds to my opponent...yes I lost the fight. Speaking with many different people who saw the fight, either in person or on video said that I should have won. I felt the judges robbed me of a victory. Just goes to show you that you should never leave it in the hands of the judges.
I was very happy with my performance, my cardio was good and I was able to keep a good pace. I kept it exciting right to the very end. My opponent event commented to me after on how good my cardio was. I trained very hard for this fight...I do so for every fight. Even thought I may have lost in the eye of the judges I still won in my eyes. I am able to see what my weaknesses are and work on them for the next fight. Yes I am not done fighting just yet.
I appreciate all of the support I had in my training at Pride Muay Thai and all the people involved. As well all the support outside of the training.
Till the next one!!
|Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on October 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Dont know what or have a lot to say... we are extremely happy with our win last night at the Mike Miles event - Challenger 6 - FATE International Muay Thai Gala.
We brought home the belt and the title of being the Western Canadian Light Middle Weight Champion.
Here are a few of our pics from this weekend.
Weigh in pics
The win - second round TKO
To see more photos.. visit our facebook fan page photo album.
|Posted by Derrick on October 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on October 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
Well we're here in beautiful Calgary, Aberta once again. This friday night we will fighting on a Mike Miles card. One of the most prestigeous muay thai schools in Canada is host. We are extremely honored to be apart of this card. Wayne will be fighting for the Western Canadian Light Middleweight Title!!! This is his first title match and will be his most difficult fight to date. \
Tonight are the weigh ins.. we'll keep you posted!
Facebook event posted here: https://www.facebook.com/events/222160567912016/
|Posted by pridemuaythai2012 on September 14, 2012 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
are pumped! This is the first event we're attending to represent our new club!
Today are the weigh ins! Well... we made it! We're here in Saskatoon! Derrick and Wayne
We had an early start to the day... left the peg city at 6am and arrived in Saskatoon 2pm (Saskatechewan time). Had a few hours to rest and monitor weight. Weigh ins are at 6pm.. so will make an update after that and after my boys get fed. Their hungry!!
Weigh ins are done! Guys are fed! .... and happy!
Derrick - 199lbs Derrick vs Osama Rageh
Wayne - 159lbs Wayne vs. Chris Sturge
Just a good nights sleep and a few hours away from fight night!
Its Saturday and it's FIGHT NIGHT!
We're all done the medicals and now were just chillin.. still an hour before fights start and we're not up for at least a couple. There are lots of fights on the card tonight.. check it out ! ... and check out our guys there too!
I asked the guys "how you feeling?"
Derrick: "I'm feeling good. Ready to kick ass!"
Wayne: "I'm alright" Just another day on the job. Go in there, SMASH! and get me my trophy."
Sounds like its gonna be a good night folks. Stay tuned!