Dominique “Fallen Angel” Robinson

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Dominique "Fallen Angel" Robinson

Dominque "Fallen Angel" Robinson is by far one of the most interesting characters I've worked with. He's such a genuine person and has always been willing to work with KnockoutLounge since it's inception at the drop of a hat. …What also makes him stand out to me, personally, is his philosophies on life and his intelligence, I feel we relate on many levels. Dom and James Chaney (both members of the "Goon Squad") are two fighters I always feel proud to work with and consider them family in the business of MMA. Dominique is a lightweight fighter who has never fought as an amatuer, but has built an impressive 18-4-2 record throughout his professional career.

You can also view our previous interview with Dominique at THIS LINK for a more 'in depth' approach to the life of the Fallen Angel.

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Images Courtesy of Ben Iliili


Early Life:

 

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)

I grew up all over my man. I've done stints in New Orleans, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Tracy. My family life was an odd thing. Half my family is very well off and very selfish…outside of two people, none of them would know if I'm dead or alive. The other side of my family is very disbanded, the most talented failures ever. Drugs, gangs, alcohol, poverty, selfishness ruined and ruins everything to this day. As large as my family is, I'm close to less than 5 people total. As far as schooling, my mother pushed education and I always excelled in that aspect at the expense of never being allowed to do sports…there was no father figure there to push that. Friends…I have a VERY small circle and in all these years less than 5 new people have entered it.

 

Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?

My mother was an advocate of education. I had stints in Judo, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Karate, Taekwondo, Capoeira, etc – but her drive toward education, as well as poverty, prevented sports; detrimental to me now seeing as my profession is an MMA fighter. Conversely I went to great schools and great experiences in an educational and corporate America sense.


What is your favorite child-hood memory?

My family was usually at wits end with each other but my grandma would always have movie nights every weekend…everyone would gather and get along during those nights, they are fond memories.

 

Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?

Not really lol. My very first job, pre teen, was for a pharmacy. Before I was even 12, I was able to fill out all prescriptions as well as deliver them, door to door, on foot or my bike.

 

 

Getting involved in MMA:

 

(Uhh has been a hell of a roller coaster ride lol.)

 

How did you get involved?

I protected a girl from a beating at a party as everyone watched, in turn the girl attacked me to. The following day I got a call from a member of AKA inviting me over, so I went. I caught the eye of a man who grappled me for 40 minutes and choked me in front of my friend before inviting me back…that man was "Crazy" Bob Cook.

 

What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?

I learned from accumulating a large, expensive collection of DVDs, practicing on my girlfriend at the time, and taking beatings in the gym. I've been in this sport since 2003 and have trained myself for 9.5 of these 11yrs. I'm an MMA fighter…no way and no style. My personal favorite arts are Dutch kickboxing & Sambo. I wish I could have a permanent Dutch coach like Lucien Carbin or another w/me, as well as Val Ignatov for Sambo…all the time, 24/7. Another great Russian master of sports would suffice as well.

 

At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?

I've been through major things in life…MAJOR things! Nothing about stepping in the cage bothers me outside of not living up to my own expectations. On the mats once Bob Cook told me that "No matter how many times you fight you won't finish anybody." I rushed into fighting in Mexico just to prove him wrong & harbored resentment toward him for a long time for this, as he was someone I looked up to for his technical expertise, mental tenacity, & huge heart, as he let many fighters stay with him. Years later we talked it out & I found out he said it to motivate me, as I have a personality that HAS to prove naysayers wrong.

 

When the cage locked behind you in your first fight, can you recall what what through your mind? How did your first fight turn out?

The same thing went through my mind then that goes through my mind now "Why did I choose to do this for a living?!" My first fight ended in a KO on less than 3 minutes.

 

What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?

That money truly takes the good out of everything. That hard work is not the catalyst to success they want you to believe. That I'm made out of a substance I truly believe has been all but lost since the Visogoths, Vikings, Ancient Romans, Spartans, Thracians, Saxons, Huns, etc.

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Current:


What gym are you currently fighting out of?

I'm currently at Syndicate MMA & Mayweather's Boxing Club

 

What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?

I never fought ammy. My pro record is 18-4-2-2. I've always been a lightweight but fought against 3 welterweights & 1 middleweight.

 

Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?

My nickname is Fallen Angel. I got it in my youth from helping various people, who I know and don't know, while gaining nothing but betrayal & misfortune in return. A friend of mine said I was a Fallen Angel & that God forgot about me…the name has obviously stuck.

 

If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?

I'm a perfectionist. If it was up to me I'd have Glory level kickboxing, Showtime level boxing, Olympic Russian level wrestling, Master of Sport level Sambo, and ADCC level jiu-jitsu.

 

What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

I'd say my fight w/John Gunderson. There was a 2 month build up of drama. I trained in the back of a fitness gym in a kids club w/2 friends & my manager. I won the fight in the 3rd round and literally never got hit once against an opponent of that caliber. Best part of it all is he's a great friend now & aid in my career.

 

Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?

Only thing I can say is don't jump at things that don't feel right just because promoters pressure you. Be yourself no matter what. Be involved & proactive in your career and never trust a manager to the point of not being involved. Find a coach that truly cares and invest in you & isn't just about money. I've learned all these things through training myself.

 

If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?

Lol. I guess I answered that in the last question. Be yourself, find a great team, great coaches, be involved in your career.

 

Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?

1st shout out is to @goonsquad_hbic for being such a great friend & helping me w/ my career since jump. My Brother James Chaney & my Goons Rich Rigmaden, Hedi, Patrick, @spilledbagofice, Gary, Joey Varner, & John Morgan. Special thanks to mentors of mine, Pat Miletich, Bas Rutten, & my cut man Phil Mondello. Thank you Revgear and Garden Of life for helping me out.  …I gotta show love to my son, mom, & G'ma!

 

Future:

 

What are your goals for the future in the sport?

I hope to make a ton of money, buy a house for my family, a house my mom and grandma can share. One day I wish to open a gym & cafe geared towards overall fitness that also has programs for underprivileged families & people. My only personal wish is to travel the world, learn about other cultures, and help people. As far as MMA related, I'd like to be UFC LW champ, coach, & be an analyst someday.

 

What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?

I think it's headed to world domination but also that promoters should treat athletes better instead of like expendable tools.


If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?

I think it's growing at an exponential rate. I'd like to see better sponsors & pay from top to bottom & not just for the elite. I think the main thing that should be changed involving pay are flat purses. Why should we risk 50% of our livelihood in a sport that is a 50% gamble? We are the only combat sport with such absurdity in it.

 

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Honestly…dead.
 

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Fun Facts:

 

I'm not African American & my family actually has Creole, Haitian, German, Filipino bloodlines & people in it.

 

Favorite Food/Dish:

I love all seafood but crab & étouffée are my favorite.

 

Favorite type of Music:

I love all types of music except country & EDM. Rap & Jazz are my favorites.

 

Favorite Movie:

I own over 9000 movies so I can't name 1…I do LOVE anime though!

 

Favorite TV Show:

I love walking dead, American horror story, & adventures of gumball

 

Favorite Quote:

"To live is to suffer, to survive, is to find meaning in the suffering"

 

Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:

I have a son & I'm a single father in a financial sense & pretty much every other sense, though he does see his mom, everything he is and has comes from me. I'm blessed enough to have @goonsquad_hbic act as an aunt & James Chaney as an uncle to him. They are still adapting but dealing with him better & better.

 

Best day of your life:

Most would say the day their kids were born but that wasn't it for me as I wasn't, and am not where I want to be in life, thus, I can't give him the life I want to. There has been no "best day" for me yet.

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Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:

I'm a genius…literally. My IQ score was above 140 before I was a teen.

 

Favorite Hobbies:

I love to read, write, watch movies. I'm very low key.

 

Who is your favorite super hero and why?

It's a tie between Batman & Spiderman. I love how Batman has such strong resolve & relies purely on his trainer of body & mind & adapts to all circumstances. Spiderman is your friendly neighborhood homie! Sticking to walls & s**t! How can you not love him?!

 

Contact:

 

Facebook Page/Fan Page: Fallen Angel 1  — Fallen Angel 2
 

Twitter:  @fallenangel510

Instagram:  @fallenangel510

Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): Tri Villegas at @goonsquad_hbic or villegas2200@yahoo.com or 510-461-3797

YouTube: Fallen Angel YouTube

 

Jason Przewoznik is the owner of KnockoutLounge.com. KnockoutLounge.com was created to provide a haven for up and coming Mixed Martial Artists to share their stories and their careers with the fans; Supporting ALL fighters on the rise in a not-for-profit community.
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