TTMMA: So Almad for our listeners and followers can you tell us about yourself?
Almad: Well I was born and raised for the first ten years of my life in Riverside, California and then after that my family and I moved to Saudi Arabia and I spent my entire teenage life, early adolescence there and after that I came back to the states and spent about five years of my adult life here in Orange County. I got into mixed martial arts pretty much this past year, I just decided to go get professional training and I came here to Total MMA Studios and I started taking Brazilian Jiu-jitsu classes and the Muay Thia and MMA classes.
TTMMA: So tell us what made you make that move into MMA?
Almad: Well, you know, I guess fighting to me is natural. Fighting to me is part of life, a necessary part of life and not just in mixed martial arts as in physical fighting but also against spiritual falsehood. You know growing up in Saudi Arabia I was in a lot of physical fights, they used to call me the American Kid over there and I used to get bullied and pushed around but I always stood up for myself and never allowed myself to be bullied. Then after a few years in school in Saudi Arabia they realized that and though “this guy can fight, he’s no one to mess with”. Really that is how I got into fighting, at that point I didn’t have any training, just natural fighting, just whatever come out of you naturally.
TTMMA: So how did you find out about Total MMA Studios?
Almad: Well actually Ray Elbe, Magical Ray Elbe introduced me to MMA back in 2004 when he was my next door neighbor in Irvine. I got to hang out with him and Big Perm and coincidentally I even met Rampage around that time as well. I was working for a company that wanted to sponsor Rampage and all of a sudden all things came together. Ray Elbe brought me over to No Limits to try it out but I never went back and I left to Saudi Arabia that same year and I didn’t come back to 2009. After that I was watching the Ultimate Fighter and I just decided I am just going to go get that training.
TTMMA: So currently you just finished your third fight, I believe you are 2-1? Can you tell us about your experiences in the cage so far?
Almad: Well praised be to God first and then to Total MMA Studios and everyone here! I have got some great guidance and training here. Like I said I came in here never having any professional training at all and within a matter of a year I learned how to do some things. My first fight I won with an armbar and my second fight I won with a knock out, a technical knockout. What can I say? You train with people who know what they are doing and you are going learn how to do the right things.
TTMMA: Definitely, so in your last fight we understand you lost on a split decision. We heard it was a razor thin decision, that it could have gone either way, can you tell us about it?
Almad: Well my last fight, he was a great opponent. He actually is a MMA instructor and Muay Thai instructor and has been doing it for over 12 years and has over 30 total fights in MMA and Muay Thai, he was a really good opponent. I went in there expecting to win even though I had a rib injury I suffered in training, even though it held my training back some but I still went in there expecting to win and I still feel I did win.
In the fight you know my opponent was good in grappling, I felt I took the first round and the second round he put me up against the cage and pinned me there and I felt that instead of working my way off of it I would just use my knees. Well he won, you know with that strategy he won according to the judges and on paper and I would like to have a rematch with him, I feel I would either knock him out or submit him. Hopefully though that time will eventually come.
TTMMA: So looking ahead, tell us where do you see yourself, do you want to continue training and fighting as an amateur?
Almad: For me I am happy training mixed martial arts and don’t see myself stopping the training and the way I look at it if I am going to keep training and I am going to keep taking fights and someday in the future I will go pro God willing and just because its part of the process of being a fighter, not because its my goal to go pro but because its my goal to become a fighter and going pro will take me to a higher elevated level of fighting.
TTMMA: Well that’s great! We thank you for taking the time to talk with us Almad and wish you all the best!
Almad: Thank you!
The Total MMA staff would like to congratulate our Muay Thai coach Bryce Krause on his win Thursday night at M-One’s Reborn event! Successfully defending his MTAA National super welterweight title against a seasoned Douglas Edwards, Bryce would capture the win via unanimous decision that night using some great counter striking!
Check back with us as we will be posting pictures up from the fight soon!
Attention Total MMA Studios members!
If you were unable to get tickets to watch our Muay Thai coach defend his championship title then check out M-One’s Facebook page for the live stream of tonight’s Reborn fight card! Costing only $9.99 the event will start at 7:30 pm so check out the link below and place your order now!
The Total MMA family would to wish our Muay Thai coach good luck on his fight this coming Thursday May the 16th! Fighting under the M-One Promotional banner Bryce will be putting his MATT title on the line as he faces Fairtex fighter Douglas Edwards.
Tickets for the event at still available and can be purchased through the official San Manuel Casino website. For more information click here!
For those of you who are unable to make the show that day M One will be streaming it live through Facebook for only $9.99, for more details please check out their facebook link below.
Saturday would be a great day for Total MMA Studios as one the UFC’s most exciting fighters Nam Phan would come by to train with our head Muay Thai coach Bryce Krause! Looking to add a few things to his own game as well as get in a few rounds with our instructor before Bryce steps into the ring later on this week Phan left the gym not only satisfied with his training but confident Bryce would take home another victory Thursday night!
The Total MMA/BTT Orange County family would like to congratulate BTT Prof Diego Gamonal on his recent placement at the Dallas International Open! With no one in his weight class Diego would enter the open weight class and take 3rd overall in the division.
Check out one of his matches below!