Our mission at KnockOut Lounge is to not only bring you our insights into the world of professional MMA but more importantly, the amateur fighter. Today we introduce our Amateur MMA series that spotlights tomorrow’s stars.
The beginning of our amateur MMA series begins in the River City, Louisville, KY. A member of the Ripper Fight Gear family, Raymond Korb, has taken the time to tell us a little about himself and what his future holds.
Matt Eldridge: Hey Raymond, I appreciate your time to talk with us.
Raymond Korb: Not a problem. anything to help out.
ME: Can you tell us a little about yourself. When did you get into MMA, etc.?
RK: I had real bad anger problems growing up, always fighting everywhere. Finally I was working out of town and saw UFC ultimate knockouts 1&2 and thought, I can get paid to hit someone in the face? Awesome!
ME: So how long have you been training in MMA? What is your discipline?
RK: Well I’ve been in MMA for about 5 yrs. now. I’m a blue belt in BJJ and I’ve trained in American Kickboxing. I mainly like to stand but I’m equiped with skills if it goes to the ground.
ME: What is your biggest weakness? What area are you working on right now?
RK: My wrestling. I have had trouble with stuffing takedowns, but I’ve worked on it for a while now so I think I’m getting better at it. You’re gonna get better when you work with a guy who has wrestled for 12 yrs!
ME: Absolutely. Is MMA something that you are going to try professionally?
RK: Definitely! My main goal is to be like my idol in his prime, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell
ME: That was my next question….What is it about Chuck that made you want to emulate him?
RK: His style. He didn’t have boring fights. I hate the lay on the ground fights and waste the clock. I want the people in the crowd to be on their feet the whole time and thats what Chuck always did.
ME: Any certain fight that comes to mind?
RK: Chuck and Randy 2.
ME: What are your plans for the next year?
RK: Get better and try to turn Pro by next summer
ME: Can you tell us a little about your relationship with Ripper Fight Gear?
RK: I was the first sponsored Ammy fighter of Ripper Fight Gear. Jack(Ripper’s owner) has been at every show I have fought at supporting me. He’s helped me get info on all of my opponents. All I gotta do is wear the gear that he gives me into the cage or in training and take alot of pictures.
ME: One thing that we at KnockOut Lounge are doing, and one of the reasons why we wanted Ripper FG to work with us, is their support of the amateur MMA community.
RK: Jack is definitely the right guy!
ME: Is there anyone that you would like to give a shoutout to?
RK: To my wife and kids, and all my teammates at Full Force.
ME: Is Full Force your team?
RK: Yeah. They are a great group of guys. We’re like 1 big family, everybody cares for one another.
ME: That’s great!
Anything else you’d like to add Ray?
RK: Im just excited to help out. Every 1 check out knockoutlounge.com, an awesome website for everything MMA!
ME: Ray we appreciate the time and hope to talk with you again soon!
RK: Thanks man.
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Image courtesy of Ryan Kendall Photography and Raymond Korb.