Josh San Diego will be making his pro Muay Thai debut at Triumphant 2.
The event takes place on December 15, 2017 in Pleasanton, CA. Looking to welcome Josh to the pro Muay Thai ranks is Joe Gogo. Despite this being his pro Muay Thai debut, Josh is no stranger to combat sports as he has fought pro MMA several times.
He trains under Coach Rudi Ott at Smash Gym. We were able to catch up with Josh and talk to him about his upcoming fight against Gogo at Triumphant 2.
MTA: You have a fight against Joe Gogo on December 15th at Triumphant 2. How has training been going for the fight?
Josh: Training has been great I’m just coming off of a fight/win November 11. I feel fresh and healthy and ready to put on a show I’m trying to improve every day.
MTA: How familiar are you with your opponent?
Josh: I am familiar with my opponent, he is a technical hard-hitting banger who can take shot and give one.
MTA: What would you say is your biggest advantage entering the fight?
Josh: My advantages are that I’m taller longer and faster. I believe I am the quicker of the two of us and will be looking to find his chin.
MTA: What gym do you represent?
Josh: I represent Smash Gym. I’ve been training with Coach Rudi Ott since 2006.
MTA: When did you start training and why?
Josh: Before my gym was Smash it was Unlimited and I was interested in Jiu-Jitsu, but my first eight amateur fights I competed in were kickboxing I won my first title and competed in two more losing by split decisions. I then tried my hand in MMA and went 6-0 as an amateur before turning pro. I love all combat sports and always appreciated learning techniques and studying the different movements of fighting.
MTA: For fight fans that have not seen you before, can you describe your style?
Josh: For those who haven’t seen my style, I have a wide range of weapons I use. I like to use angles, exploit weaknesses, the main game plan is always to land clean shots and not get hit.
MTA: I know you used to do stand up, are you planning on pursuing Muay Thai and/or Kickboxing more or is MMA still your main focus?
Josh: MMA is my passion but I’m always trying to challenge myself and will push myself as far as I can go in all aspects of fighting. I’m always up for the challenge.
MTA: What are your goals in reference to Muay Thai?
Josh: It would be an honor to become Muay Thai Champ and beating a guy like Joe would push me to that next level.
MTA: If you win/lose, do your goals change?
Josh: Win or lose my goal is to become the best fighter I can be and to keep on learning. Like I said before conquer challenges and learn from my wins and losses.
MTA: Has your training for this fight been different from your normal training?
Josh: My training hasn’t changed too much it has just gotten more technical smarter and always trying to improve on the day before.
MTA: Should we expect you to stand and bang with Joe?
Josh: It’s fair to say that I will stand and bang with Joe but I want those moments to be on my terms and not fight his fight. He likes those type of fights I need to be at my best to get the W and fight smart.
MTA: You are going to be the hometown favorite in this fight. How much of an advantage do you think it is to have the crowd on your side?
Josh: I believe I will be the hometown favorite but I try not to concern myself with that, I try to shut out all the noise when I step in there and just focus on me and him. It definitely could have its advantages though.
MTA: Is there anything about your opponent you know you need to keep an eye out for?
Josh: Joe is a tough guy and hits hard I need to keep an eye out for his overhand right and his right round kick. I can’t let him pull me into his game. I respect him as a fighter but I will take advantage of my openings.
MTA: Prediction for the fight?
Josh: It’s hard to make predictions for fights, you never know what’s going to happen and that’s what I love about it. I predict an exciting fight a war and me getting my hand raised.
MTA: Any words for your supporters?
Josh: For all my supporters my friends family and sponsors at GFY and HSSV. I will always do my best and work hard to put on the type of show people want to see and I appreciate y’all being by my side from the beginning to the end.
MTA: How can fans stay in touch with you on social media?