Interview: Colin Wright

“I expect a tough fight, and that’s what I want.”

Colin Wright

Interview by: Lance Edwards

Anyone familiar with the local Houston MMA scene knows Colin Wright. Not only is Colin the top Amateur 135lb fighter, but also the top pound for pound fighter at the Amateur level locally. Regular readers of TCD.net will be familiar with Colin’s previous interview for the site, we thought it was about time we caught up with Colin and asked him about his career and his upcoming fight at Cage Combat 5 with Silverback’s Tony Orozco Jr.

TCD: How’s training going?

Colin: Awesome, I’m at a whole new level now. I’ve been mixing up my training; I always mix it up actually, as after each fight I look at it and re-evaluate my performance. I then can see where I need to improve and what I need to work on. For this fight I’ve been working a lot on my wrestling and striking.

TCD: You’re facing Tony, who is definitely one of the most dynamic and talented newcomers in Houston MMA, are you expecting a tough fight?

Colin: Absolutely, I’ve seen all his fights live, I’ve actually rolled with him before. I really respect him, and have known about him a while. I’m more experienced and I’m older and I think I know the aspects that are going to get me the win.  I expect a tough fight, and that’s what I want.

TCD: Did you regard your last fight against Anthony Williams as a tough fight?

Colin: Not really, it went my way.  What did happen was I was going to keep it standing, and he knocked me down. He is from Tim Credeur’s so I knew he would have good BJJ, but once I had him down I wasn’t worried, so it wasn’t really a tough fight for me.

TCD: It’s been a while since we saw you fight; I know a couple of fights fell through for you.

Colin: Yes, I was going to fight Manny for the 135lb title, but he was dropping down to fight at 125lbs for Garcia promotions, and didn’t want to fight so close after dropping weight, which makes sense. Then I was going to fight a guy from RSKA called Romiro Cortina, who’s a really good striker, it was for the interim title which was a little unusual. I was training really hard and got injured. I’m an amateur, I’m not getting paid to fight and there’s not really any point in me risking further injuring myself.

TCD: You are a good example of a fighter who’s really building your career gradually, you took time before you took your first fight, and you are patient with your fighting schedule, not over fighting. Is that your management’s decision or something you wanted as well?

Colin: That’s something I wanted, absolutely. I knew that I wanted to do this sport, and I knew I wanted to take it as far as I could. I was bullied in military school, and did some boxing and judo, and it gave me more confidence. I knew early on you can get out what you put in, and if you want to get a lot out you have to work hard. I was fortunate that I ended up with the best guys I could have been around.

TCD: So some of your team mates have had a lot of success, with Mike Bronzoulis doing some training at Greg Jackson’s and Brian Melancon at Team Alpha Male, have these absences taken away from your training, or is it a benefit when they return?

Colin: Actually, it’s very inspiring; they are coming back bringing new stuff. Their experiences of fighting on the bigger shows are great for us. When Mike B came back from Jacksons it was a huge motivator, I hit cardio like I never had before.

We have a huge group of pro and amateur fighters who can fill the void. There are guys you don’t see like Thomas Mancha, who is a great Division III wrestler, and we have some world class coaches. Alberto for example is an amazing wrestling coach, Igor is amazing as well; and then we have guys coming down like Rodolfo Viera and Julio Caesar who are great BJJ black belts. Obviously there are our striking coaches, G and Lee King; Lee is actually more like a Jedi Master than a striking coach, I love working with him.

TCD: Recently you posted a video of climbing rope without using your legs, do you spend a lot of time on strength and conditioning?

Colin: I’ve been working with Reverend Bart Stewart on that, he always pushes you to do extra work. Wrestling includes heavy conditioning as well, and I’ve been training with my old wrestling coach Frank Heaney, but Bart always pushes me the extra mile.

TCD: What predictions do you have for this fight?

Colin: Well I’m expecting it to be a really tough fight. I’ve heard it’s scheduled for five rounds. I’m really excited about that, and I’m really expecting Tony to bring it. He’s a well rounded fighter, and a tough guy. If it doesn’t go down like that it’s no big deal, but I’m hoping for a tough fight that will be really exciting.

TCD: So what’s after this fight?

Colin: There are rough plans on the table, but I don’t want to give anything away right now. I need to concentrate on school, so I’ll probably take some time off. I need to make more money right now, so maybe I’ll get my personal trainer certification.

TCD: What are you doing at school?

Colin: At the moment I’m just getting the basics done, I would like to do studio art, graphic design and traditional art as well. Hopefully I can make some money off that. I was raised in a family that believes in Higher Education. I’m not being pushed to do it by my family, however, but it’s something I’d really like to do for myself. It’s unrealistic to think that fighting can pay all of my bills, it’s too uncertain, you always run the risk of injury and it’s good to have something else to fall back on.

TCD: Anyone you’d like to thanks?

Colin: Well, Paradigm, Reed Shelger, all my coaches, Lee King, Frank Heaney, all my training partners, Armbar Submission Gear, B3, Uke foods (they make me delicious protein bars that are home made). Also Emmanuel Salon, Thomas Shelly, who is my personal trainer and my cardio coach Larry Crow.

TCD: Thanks and good luck