Interview: Ryan Rivera

“I’m looking for a really good fight to come from this”

Ryan Rivera

Written By: Eric Hostetter
Ryna Rivera is 20 year old amateur fighter fighting out of Team Bailout. He is not only looking to entertain the crowd with a good fight, but also wow them with a memorable knock out.

He squares off against Chris Lopez of Team Tooke/IVoz on Friday May 6, 2010 Cage Combat 3 at the Humble Civic Center. Ryan, what can you tell us about yourself so that Houston can know you a little better?

Ryan Rivera: Well, I am just your average 20 year old. I’m not really in school. I’m just going to work and training.

TCD: So what brought this average 20 year old into competing in MMA?

Ryan: Well when I was 14 or 15, I remember watching Randy Couture fight and enjoyed watching him fight. However, it wasn’t until the Forrest Griffin/Stephan Bonnar fight that I realized that this was something that I’ve wanted to do and have been doing it ever since I’ve graduated high school.

TCD: Would you say then that Randy Couture and Forrest Griffin are your heroes and motivators in getting into this sport?

Ryan: Most definitely. Watching both these guys definitely played a big key in me getting into this. Up until then, I had only been a football player. If  I would’ve gotten into this earlier, I would have been on the wrestling team or something.

TCD: How did you react at the end of Randy’s final match?

Ryan: It wasn’t the way that I wanted it to end, but at least he stepped in there and took the high road to end his career., instead of getting beat 4 or 5 times in a row before stepping out.

TCD: Agree. It was good to see him go out there and compete, unfortunately got beat, like a warrior.

Can you tell us a little bit of your thoughts about your fight Friday at Cage Combat 3 against Chris Lopez?

Ryan: I know that he cross-trains everywhere, such as IVoz and Tooke. He is probably one of the more seasoned fighters that I have fought. I’m looking for a really good fight to come from this.

TCD: How has your training for this fight been coming along?

Ryan: It’s been going great. I’ve been working on everything, stand-up, cardio, wrestling, muay thai, and just my overall MMA game with Bobby Powers has been getting tweeked.

TCD: How would you describe the way that you fight?

Ryan: Personally, I wouldn’t know what to say. People tell me though that I am really unorthodox standup… kind of tricky, if you will. I am comfortable off my back or on top on the ground. I guess pretty well rounded to the point that I am calm where ever the fight is going.

TCD: Any nervousness coming into this fight?

Ryan: I think it is perfectly normal to be a little nervous going into a fight. I you are not nervous then there is something wrong with you, and you are probably not well prepared for the fight.

TCD: Hahah!

A little off beat question here, what would you be doing right now if you weren’t involved an amateur MMA fighter?

Ryan: Probably partying like a normal 20 year-old would.

TCD: What would you rather have, Fight of the Night or Submission of the Night Honors?

Ryan: Fight of the Night. I want the crowd to be cheering and doing “oohs” and “aahs” when something happens. FotN, because I want it for the fans. This is what they want to see, a great 3 round battle.

TCD: Knock Out of the Night or Fight of the Night?

Ryan: Knock Out, because it is just one of those things that you know how the fight ended. Nothing was left up in the air, and people know that you finished the fight decisively.

TCD: Where do you see yourself as a fighter one year from now?

Ryan: I would like to be a pro fighter a year from now. I wanted to get 5 to 6 total amateur fights under my belt before I would start to think about going pro. This fight is going to be my fourth so I am almost there in making my decision to take the next step depending where I thought I am at in my development.

TCD: Is there anyone at the amateur level that you would like to fight, or fight again, before going pro?

Ryan: I would like to fight the guy that I originally fought. His name is Thomas Forsmo. The fight went to decision and I won it, but I wasn’t happy with my performance. When we fought I was walking around at weight, while he cut down to make weight. He had muscles upon muscles and was like double my size. If we could fight again, I would like to see if I could finish him with a submission.

That or Mike England. That fight that I have with him is a No Contest on my record. The fight ended with illegal blows to the back of the head and it was done in front of my hometown. I’d like to go back and to that one again.

TCD: Is there anyone out there that you would like to thank?

Ryan: Big shout out to my teammates at Team Bailout for bringing me in with open arms. My sponsor Brazos Valley Bail Bonds and my clothing sponsor Johnny Rotten.

TCD: Well it was our pleasure in doing this. Good luck in your match Ryan.