MMA Fight Fans Attending Muay Thai Fights. On UFC Fight Night? Saturday, August 20th is THE night for fight fans. Interestingly, instead of MMA fight fans heading to the nearest sports bar to watch the UFC Pay Per View broadcast, they’re buying up tickets to Strykerz Muay Thai fights. This is good news for the Muay Thai industry. It’s becoming clear that fight fans are now steering towards a new style of fighting… the Art of Eight Limbs.
Shin Do Kumaté Strykerz is an all pro bout card featuring top world-class Muay Thai fighters. The upcoming fighter line up includes Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington vs Alex Berrios. Both of these high caliber Muay Thai fighters have trained in Thailand and have an extensive fight record competing in amateur fights along with having strong pro fight records. This will be a bout that will go down in history in the international Muay Thai community, as word has it that this may be a grudge match between their fight camps. Other strong fighters on the Strykerz fight card include Tony Leone, Pedro Cassoma, John Morehouse, Vince McGuinness, Michael Stripling, Johncy Lindor, and many more. Total bouts of the nights are 9 bouts.
MMA Fight Fans Are Drawn To Stand Up Elbow Fights
MMA fight fans are evidently drawn to full contact stand up fights with elbows. August 20th Strykerz bouts will be a test of technique, striking skills, knees, and elbows to the head and body. The Shin Do Kumate slogan “We Don’t Tap Out, We Knockout” is finally turning heads.
Local papers are including write ups. Here’s an article David Wilson from Bradenton Herald title Muay Thai Coming to Local Ring. For tickets to the August 20th live event at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, visit ShinDoKumate.com or Ticket Master under the event name: Strykerz Pro Muay Thai Fights.
Alex Berrios will be fighting on Shin Do Kumate XVII. He will be facing no other than an experience and well known Muay Thai fighter Cyrus “Black Dynamite” Washington. The event will be taking place at Bradenton Area Convention Center. The date of the event is August 20th at 7pm. This fight will show the determination, passion, and skill that these two Top World-Class fighter have attain. Tickets are on Sale Now!
What attracted Alex Berrios to Muay Thai?
As a child I always looked up to boxers. When my family moved to East Asia, my father would tell me stories about Thai boxing on his travels to Thailand. It seemed like something out of reach and too hard for most people. I love the fact that I can compete in an art that I hold to such high esteem.
Tell us about yourself (single/married, kids, career, hobbies).
No children yet, and unmarried. Which leaves me with more time to tinker with my motorcycle, spend hours in the gym and hobbies including flying airplanes, learning computer programming, trail biking, and cooking. I really enjoy my day job as a mechanical engineer. I love that I design products thousands and thousands of people use everyday and overseeing the manufacture of my designs with a great company.
What surprises people about Alex Berrios?
I am very optimistic and fun loving. People would probably be surprised to learn that I am a full-time mechanical engineer and an instrument rated private pilot.
How long have you been training in Muay Thai?
I have been training Muay Thai since 2005.
What drives and motivates you as you train for your fight and what is it about Muay Thai that inspires you?
I am driven by the fact that I have one life to live and training muay Thai is the closest I can imagine coming to reaching my fullest potential as an athlete. There is a satisfaction and zen-like therapy associated with devoting myself to maximizing my abilities as a Thai boxer in the training for a fight. The benefits are manifest in every aspect of my life.
What are Alex Berrios goals?
Glory is seductive. It takes an ambitious person to devote themselves to fighting muay Thai in America for a tiny fraction paid to other professional sports that don’t work as hard or don’t have as much of their health on the line. I want to be a household name for my fighting achievements in this pioneer environment.
How has Muay Thai changed your life for the better?
I’ve never been more challenged physically and mentally than training and fighting in Muay Thai. It has enriched my understanding of myself. I used to think that things were inaccessible to me before I started fighting and now I have a supreme confidence in myself, probably to a fault. But I feel it has made me a respectful and happy human.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
Fun fact: I lived in Puerto Rico right before moving to Japan where I learn to fly airplanes on a military base. I can speak English and Spanish and conversational Japanese. Okay so maybe more than one fact in there 🙂