“What I do in the ring is one thing, but I’m not like that all the time, I’m just a normal person.”
Interview by: Lance Edwards
You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, or so my dad always told me, and generally he was right, well sometimes, but I digress. Andrew Musquiz comes out, tattoos, wild hair, trash talk; it would be easy to assume there’s not much to him, but you’d be wrong. Chatty and jovial, Andrew presents himself in conversation well, and lets us see that there is more to him than just what we see in the ring.
Andrew: I’m great; I’m all ready for the fight. I’m actually more than ready to go, my cardio and strength are amazing and unusually I don’t have any injuries.
TCD: How long have you been training for?
Andrew: All my life really. I’ve done taekwondo, karate, boxing, funny enough only MMA for the last year. I started training at RSKA. I’m friends with Jason Frank; he actually gave me an assistant coach job. After that I moved to BJJ and Muay Thai, training at Team Tooke. I’d actually known Travis for a while, and he has a great team as well.
TCD: So you knew Travis already?
Andrew: Well when I was thirteen years old I was training at a jujitsu school. Travis was training there at the time, he was a brown belt or a purple belt, I don’t quite remember.
TCD: Now your weigh in was pretty intense, what was that about? Bad blood?
Andrew: Well, I don’t like to give up eye contact. It was one of Mike Tyson’s rules, you don’t look away, you don’t break eye contact, he felt that when someone did that he’d know he’d won. At the weigh-ins it got closer and closer and a little heated.
TCD: What do you know about your opponent? Have you watched footage?
Andrew: I saw two of his fights, the one against Austin Franks and Drew Elder. He looked pretty good in both of those, and really they could have gone either way. I actually think he’s an underrated fighter. Some guys have a couple of big wins, get a lot of hype, and then don’t do much more. There are a lot more good guys that don’t get noticed, they have great fights but don’t get the hype because they don’t have the wins of paper. I think we’re both fighters like that, we have a similar record, and both started out winning and enter into this fight in a very even position.
TCD: Do you work as well?
Andrew: I do, I work in oversized printing. In fact I did some TCD.net shirts.
TCD: Really, which company?
Andrew: Bull printing.
TCD: You work hard then, you guys are a big deal, you do the Houston Rockets and big teams.
Andrew: Yes, that’s right, I work about ten hours a day, and then go and train for four hours a day on top of that.
TCD: What else do you do?
Andrew: Not much between training and work, I got engaged last Christmas to my fiancée, Ashley. In fact after this fight I’ll take a little time off and focus on the wedding, we’re getting married October 13th 2012.
I actually also coach little league basketball, I played in High School. When I was at RSKA, there was a kid there, Nathan Bennett, and one day he asked me to be his coach for his team, and I said yes. It’s the Huffman Youth Basketball League.
TCD: How does Ashley feel about you fighting?
You know I’m not a confrontational guy, that’s all for show. I do that in the ring, and talk smack but that’s partly for show. What I do in the ring is one thing, but I’m not like that all the time, I’m just a normal person.
TCD: Anyone you’d like to thank?
Andrew: Of course Team Tooke, Aaron Croon, Travis Tooke, Eric Garcia, Jace Pitre, Andrew Craig, Levi West and G. Also Athletic Republic, James Dearth, he does strength and conditioning with me, he was actually the tight end for the New York Jets for years, also Travis and Derrick. My sponsors are Bull Shirts, Bull Prints, Jesus Didn’t Tap and Athletic Republic.
I can promise you this fight will be nothing less than fireworks.