“I think that each time I enter into a camp, I feel that I have learned a ton in the previous camp, so I ask myself, ‘Where can it go from here?'”
Interview by: Eric Hostetter
Colin Wright (2-0), of Paradigm is will be putting his undefeated record on the line at the Rumble In Humble on December 2nd against fellow undefeated fighter David Armas (1-0), of Silverback, at 135 lbs. Colin is a fighter that is striving to have a strong equilibrium in his approach to fighting in the cage; confidence that proven veteran fighters carry once the bell rings, and always looking to broaden his knowledge of the game as much as possible.
Colin: I’ve always done some sort of martial art throughout my whole life. I started with some karate and tae-kwon-do, then I did a little judo, and then some boxing while I was in military school. But what really got me interested in mixed martial arts is that one day I was sitting around at a friend’s apartment, just hanging out for a little bit during his birthday, and we ordered the Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock pay-per-view. I remember just sitting there watching the main event between these two and thinking to myself, “I have to do this”. A week later, I found a gym to start training at and I’ve been doing it ever since.
TDC.net: What was the gym that you went to?
Colin: It was the Miletich gym.
TDC.net: Cool, starting off with a good, strong gym to train out of. Did you play/participate in any other sports before getting into MMA?
Colin: I was big into baseball growing up. I played with a few select all-star teams. But it kind of just faded away in my interest to keep playing it.
TDC.net: Is there any particular sport, aside from MMA, that you are a big fan of?
Colin: Yeah, I am really getting into watching football a lot lately.
TDC.net: Did you watch the Texans game this past Sunday?
Colin: I didn’t, but I saw Andre Johnson beat the crap out of that guy.
TDC.net: What do you think what Andre did?
Colin: I think he has a future in MMA! He certainly has some serious ground and pound.
TDC.net: If he trained here at Paradigm I’m sure he would have knock Finnegan right out?
Colin: Absolutely no doubt! You know if he wants to come train here during his off season, I am sure he will be more than welcome to come out and get into shape. We will show him how to really get into shape.
Colin: They have absolutely helped me to get to where I am now. I was fortunate when I started with Miletech because it was a well-rounded gym. I learned about the importance of being well rounded while I was there. When I moved to here, Paradigm, they helped me continue this balance, but they have taken me to a whole new level. Everyone here has like their own thing or style, but we all help, and push, each other to achieve. They all have really done a great job in pushing my skills to a whole new level.
TDC.net: With the skills and balance that you have learned throughout your time training, do you feel that it helps you to have a strong foundation of skills to work from when heading into a fight?
Colin: Absolutely. I think that each time I enter into a camp, I feel that I have learned a ton in the previous camp, so I ask myself, ‘Where can it go from here?’ My teammates here at Paradigm keep introducing new techniques and different things to do to keep me growing as a fighter and add it all to my game.
TDC.net: What skills do you have that sets you apart from other fighters within your division?
Colin: Maybe locally, I think my wrestling is pretty strong since I have been wrestling since high school. I work on my wrestling here a lot here at Paradigm, but I think being well rounded is definitely an advantage. My knowledge of the game is pretty high, as I watch fight and training videos and also read a lot of books. I’m trying to become more ring savvy with all of this knowledge that I am taking in and I think they will help to carry me very far in the cage/ring.
TDC.net: Let’s transition to something a little light hearted, but still on topic; a chance to dive into the mind of Colin Wright a little bit. What would you rather have, Fight of the Night or Submission of the Night?
Colin: Fight of the Night Honors for sure. You know the funny thing is that in my last match, I won submission of the night and I was mad at myself. I went into that fight saying to myself that I wanted to knock Carlos out. He hit me with a really hard shot and it shocked me a bit. So I had to do what I needed to do and take him down to my game, to where I know that he would have trouble with me. So yeah I’d love to have Fight of the Night.
TDC.net: Fight of the Night or Knockout of the Night?
Colin: Fight of the Night. Who doesn’t want to have those honors?
TDC.net: I think everyone over at Reliant was looking for a knock out from Andre vs. Courtland Finnegan.
TDC.net: Who are your favorite fighters? It can be local fighters or fighters up on the big stage.
Colin: Well here locally I definitely enjoy watching Carlo Prater, he is just so well rounded and he is exactly what I aspire to be. I just want to be so well rounded that where I end up going, I’ll be comfortable. Lee King is another one, just love his kickboxing style. Tim Synder, he has a great aggressive style, he also hits me pretty hard during sparring.
Nationally, B.J. Penn. The guy is so gifted naturally that is just amazing to watch. Kenny Florian is another name that comes to mind. I like to see how hard he works at his craft and is also well rounded. I like my well rounded fighters.
Colin: It’s going to be exciting and I am looking forward to it. There is a whole lot of back story behind this fight. A buddy of mine fought him and lost in decision. There had been a lot of smack talking going on, back and forth. I like getting hated on. I love it when people doubt me so I can rise up to the occasion and prove them all wrong. It’s cool to have a little chip on my shoulder coming into this fight. I really want to go in there and showcase my skills.
TDC.net: It’s all good, until salad gets involved.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or give a shout out to?
Colin: All of my teammates, Mike B, Brian Melancon, Carlo Prater… All of the guys here at Paradigm. All of my sponsors The Black Pearl Tattoo Shop if you want to get a tattoo I recommend coming here. Emmanuel Salon they give great haircuts. Adam Villareal of 97.5 FM and Team B3 for setting me up with good fights.
TDC.net: Thank you for your time. Best of luck to you in your match.
Colin: Thanks for the interview.