Interviews – Sijin Kurian

“My plan is to get in close, break his will and break his face. Whichever comes first.”

Sijin Kurian


Interview by: Eric Hostetter

This Friday, a new amateur promotion, Elite Amateur Combat, makes it’s debut to the Houston MMA scene. As with a new promotion comes a new crop of fighters cutting their teeth in the cage. Sijin Kurian, of SLMMA, is among those that are making their debut in inside of the cage, as well as his opponent Dominque Pittman, of Windy Sport & Fitness. We caught up with this 26 year old amateur to get to know this new fighter and see what motivates him to fight in the cage.

TCD: First things first, and to start you off with an easy question, how did you get started in mixed martial arts, and on a side note you look pretty young?

Sijin Kurian: I’m 26.

TCD: WHAT?! You look like you are about 15 year’s old man.

Sijin: Yeah, I get that a lot. I guess since I don’t have any kids, and I am not married, I look younger than I am.

TCD: Hahah, I hear you man. One line into this interview and we are already on a tangent.

Sijin: Well, I guess you can say I sort of got into this when I was a kid. I was a big follower of professional wrestling, and once I started high school I went to private school. For the new students they had this kind of open house event and there was a booth there for wrestling program that was starting that year. When I saw it I thought to myself, “I like pro wrestling, how much different can this be from pro wrestling?”

Well it was a lot different.

TCD: Really?!

Sijin: Yeah. It did change my life though. I found out that I could be an athlete and do physical things. Before I was this really sick nerd, I could not do anything like football (or anything that required physical effort). As soon as I started wrestling I found out that I could many athletic endeavors.

After high school I went to college and really didn’t do anything while I was there until around 2004 or 2005 when I saw my first MMA match. I saw that wrestling is used a lot in this sport, but I did not take that initial first step into this sport until last year. Once I made that first step, I have not looked back and just keep going with it.

TCD: Growing up, who was your favorite pro wrestler?

Sijin: Honestly? I would have to say The Undertaker and Razor Ramon.

TCD: Did you see the E:60 of Scott Hall? It was one of the rare times when life imitates art.

Sijin: Yeah, it was pretty sad.

TCD: With you having a strong skill set in wrestling, how has the prepared you in learning other skills?

Sijin: It helped a lot. Jiu-Jistu came to me a lot easier because of my background. One of the biggest things that I was able to take from my background and my wrestling coach was how to train. He taught the philosophy that you may not be the better skilled guy, or you may not be the quickest guy, but the one thing that you can control is your conditioning. That is the only thing that you have control of and we are taught that same thing here at Sugar Land MMA. This is how I push myself to train, and I got it all from wrestling.

TCD: With training partners and instructors, like Donovan Lucio and Richard Burmaster, how has that pushed you in your development as a fighter?

Sijin: Well the thing for wrestlers is that they do not like being on bottom, but since I train with guys that are bigger than me I usually end up there so I’m pretty comfortable fighting off of my back. I am not scared and will not panic.

TCD: Speaking of Richard, does he nut check you all in training as much as he does everyone else?

Sijin: All the time… ALL THE TIME! Richard believes in ball conditioning. Any chance he gets he is going to nut check you. Some of my training partners don’t wear cups, so I guess it is good endurance training for them to get checked as much as he dishes.

TCD: Too funny. What do you know about your opponent?

Sijin: All I know is that he trains under Bobby Powers and he is Mauy Thai guy.

TCD: Without tipping your hand too much, what is a little snippet of your plan for him?

Sijin: My plan is to get in close, break his will and break his face. Which ever comes first.

TCD: What would you say your long term goals in MMA?

Sijin: My goal right now is to get experience and to see how I perform as a fighter. From there it is whatever my coach wants me to do. If he tells me I am ready to go pro, I’ll go pro. Just trying to get as much knowledge as I can.

TCD: Is there anyone that you would like to thank or give a shout out too?

Sijin: I would like to thank my family first and foremost. They really don’t like that I am fighting but they have been with me all of this time and they are always supporting me. I also would like to thank my coach Rich Burmaster, my BJJ Coach Chad Kight, my training partners Raul “Make It Rain” Rodriguez, and Victor Gonzalez. Also, ol’ Dusty, Peace be Upon him as us Catholics say, without him, none of us would be here. And my old high school wrestling coach John Banis. Those are the people I would like to thank.

TCD: Thank you for the interview. Good luck in your match.

Sijin: Thank you.