Interview: Ray Blodget

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“I’m always trying to work on my weaknesses and improve my all around game.”

Ray Blodget

Interview by: Barry Laminack

Ray Blodget is pound for pound one of the nicest fighters in Houston.  He’s also pound for pound one of the best fighters in Houston.  He’s a quite guy who admits he would prefer to let his fighting do the talking.  I caught up with Ray after weigh ins for his upcoming Legacy FC lightweight title fight against Rey Trujillo. How did you get started in MMA?

Ray: I started off in the traditional martial arts. I did that for about 4 years and then a friend introduced me to Elite MMA.  I started there doing mainly Jui-Jitsu and then got into MMA. So I’ve been doing it for about 9 years now. What are you currently belted as?

Ray: Right now, I’m a purple belt. What is your motivation to fight?

Ray: I’ve always been a fan of competition. I started doing Jiu-jitsu competitions, and they told me I should do MMA. It was something that I was always leaning toward. Is this something you plan to do full time for a while?

Ray: It’s a possibility. Of course the money’s not good. If it doesn’t go somewhere fast…I don’t know how much longer I can take this shit. I do want to see how far I can go. I feel I’m talented and I have good record, so I want to see how far I can go. What’s next for you if you win?

Ray: I want to venture out to other promotions? I love the Legacy promotion, it’s all I’ve ever fought under, but I want to go to different states and get more on my record. Do you cross train with any other gyms in town?

Ray: Somewhat. I cross train with our Elite sister school in Baytown. I do want to cross train with other people and see some new faces. I think it’s a great idea. If you could cross train at any gym in the city, are there any places in town that you would consider?

Ray: There are a lot of guys that I know that have been training at 4oz., so I may go over there and check it out. I really like Daniel Pineda and Jesus Rivera and a few of the other talented guys there, they’ve always been really cool to me when ever I see them around, so it’s somewhere that I may check out. Talk about your experience when you tried out for The Ultimate Fighter.

Ray: It was disappointing. Up until I got the phone call telling me I didn’t make it, I thought I was going to be on the show.  I made it through a couple of interviews and then they flew me to Vegas. They told me that I’d have an interview the first day and if you don’t do well in the interview you’ll get cut and won’t go on to medicals.

Well, I didn’t get cut so I thought I made it on the show and then a week later they called and told me I didn’t make it on. It was very disappointing.

They say most people try out 2 or 3 times before they make it.  One of the guys I met who is on the show now said he tried out 2 or 3 times. What was it like the day of the audition?  I heard it’s like a cattle call.

Ray: There where 300 guys.  The physical part isn’t much. You roll with a guy for 2 minutes and then you hit pads for two minutes and then you do an interview. Do you think there are some politics involved in the selection process? In other words do you think there are certain schools that get special treatment?

Ray: It’s a possibility. I really think what they want is for their brand to grow, so if you can help them grow then I think they would want you.

Amir Sadollah did really well and he wasn’t from a big named school. I think you have to have a certain skill set, but I think you have to be marketable too. OK, so watching the show, how would you rate yourself against the guys who made it on the show?

Ray: I think I would be up there.  There are some guys who I thought would do really well, but didn’t. Could you handle the craziness of some of the guys in the house like Bruce Leroy?

Ray: I think I could handle it. Now I don’t know about him putting bleach in my clothes, that would really piss me off.  There are certain lines I don’t like crossed, but as a whole he hasn’t done anything that would make me lose it. So are you going to try out again?

Ray: Yeah, if the opportunity comes, yeah. Are there any fights out there that you want besides this one?

Ray: No, not really, I just want to improve the resume and make some money. How would you classify your style as a fighter?

Ray: I’m always trying to work on my weaknesses and improve my all around game. I don’t take a lot of time off. I fight and then start training again.  My biggest vice is eating. What’s your favorite food?

Ray: Well, my favorite restaurant is Thai Gourmet, but you can only take so much coconut milk and the weight starts packing on! Have you done a lot of video study for the fight?

Ray: Oh definitely. I do it a lot. I think I do better when I watch video and get an idea of what his style is. Rey Trujillo is pretty intense so I plan for that.

The one thing is, Rey is Rey. It’s not a bad thing, he’s gotten very far being Rey, so that’s what I’m preparing for. Prediction?

Ray: I don’t like to do predictions. I think I’ll win for sure. I’ve been working hard on my standup so it could be a K.O. or it could be a submission. All I know is I like to end the fight. I don’t like going to a decision. So why didn’t you guys throw salad here at the weigh-ins?

Ray: Oh man, that’s just not me. [laughs]

I don’t know Jonathan really, but I’ve talked to Mike a couple of times and he’s a nice guy, so I think some of it was for entertainment. Well hey, who isn’t cranky after a weigh cut right?

Ray: Yeah. Speaking of, how was your cut?

Ray: It was good. Last fight I did the same thing so it’s good, I feel fine. Is this something you’ve perfected over time?

Ray: I did some research and talked to some friends of mine over at Kru Pong’s who do good cuts. That helped. Are there any sponsors you’d like to thank?

Ray: Yes, Bona Fitness, Bitech Landscaping, Bizarre Bizarre, Elite MMA and my coaches out there (Eric, Hai, Rumel, Ed and all the guys that have helped me train for this fight). Thank you very much.

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