Jonathon Thomson of American PIT Fighters

By | June 4, 2012 at 2:30 am | No comments | Fighter Interviews

I recently completed an interview with an American PIT Fighter, Dusty. Jonathon reached out to me shortly after and wanted to see what we could do to help him out. What I appreciated was his demeanor; he showed that he WANTED to be involved and that he took his career very seriously. I had to take the time and get this interview going right away!

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JP: Jonathon, thank you for reaching out to us and asking to get the ball rolling. I had a great time interviewing Dusty and really like what you PIT fighters are about, so I could see this one being very fruitful as well. Prior to getting into your fighting experience, care to share a bit about your life growing up and telling us who the man behind the gloves is?

JT: Thank you for getting back with me on this interview. At the age of 5, I was taken from my biological mom and was placed in foster care. There was 6 of us kids that were placed in homes. At first I was in a home with my older brother, Michael; whose name now is Cole. I was taken from that home and moved to a new town and a new family with my younger brother, Robert; who’s name now is still Robert, but goes by Bobby. I moved in that house at the age of 5, a month shy of my 6th birthday. The family I moved in with opened everything to me and my brother. At 6 years old, my foster parents enrolled me into wrestling to show me that not all physical contact is bad. I wrestled all the way up til’ 3rd grade and stopped ’cause I got mad in my AAU state qualifying match and walked off the mat and didn’t return to wrestling til’ I was in the 5th grade. I was later adopted at the age of 8 to this family and I changed my name from Juan Ariel Trevino Jr. to Jonathon Trevino Thomson, but I go by Sonnie. Growing up, I played all sports. Going in to high school, I only played 3 sports Football, Wrestling, and I ran track. In all 3 I made it to state and had awards from it.

JP: Oh boy, I know one of my previous fighters, sarah was also adopted and thats definitely a rough story, but glad to see people in this, position over come the odds. It’s not about who you grew up with, but how and where that set your foundations. You’ve been with the same family at the age of 8 until now? Did they also push you into wrestling or did you go back into it on your own from.your prior experience?

JT: Yes I still live with that family, kinda… And, no, when I got back into wrestling it was my own doing. I seen all my friends still doing it.

JP:Great. Do you think your situation growing up helped you excel due to the fact you may have had a lot to prove to others or even yourself because of all that you’ve been through?

JT: At first I thought I had alot to prove, but as I was growing up and still in it, I didn’t feel I had as much to prove. To myself… I feel I still have things I have to prove, but I’m not cocky, I let my talent speak for itself.

JP: Amen! So you have a wrestling background in which you were fairly good at… What was it that opened the doors to mixed martial arts?

JT: Before I went to college I had this back yard… put gloves on and just fight kind of thing… Not knowing what I was doing I ended up winning. But then… I was in the middle of looking for another college to go play football again and was still in my work clothes my older brother Cole called me up and wanted to come over and pick up $50 to get his dog out of the pound. With him was my cousin,  they both had some fights in the cage and were going to fight that Saturday. They got to talking and just asked me if I wanted to fight; I said, “Yeah who we going to F@&%k up?!” … They corrected me and told me, no its a cage fight. I right away said NO! …It took them a little to get me to do it, but Saturday September 25 2010 – I had my first fight and I ended up winning in 59 seconds with a guillotine choke.

JP: Hahaha. Nice! It’s amazing how something so silly as getting a dog out of a pound can turn into a life changing experience. I assume seeing that victory, you then branched into a legitimate training facility or did you still wing it in the cage after that?

JT: Yes, it’s weird, but another weird thing was the guy that taped my hands that night was Steven Mann and his mom and dad were sitting right next to us talking about the American Pit Fighters. I ended up just doing it by myself until I went 3-2 and and at every fight I went to that the American Pit Fighters were at Dave Mann would sit with me and talk to me about it. I was in Macomb, Illinois and they had a big group of fighters come up to me and talk to me about APF. I didn’t join the team til’ April 27th 2011 and I had my first fight with APF May 5 2011.

JP: Awesome. So what’s your current overall record and at what weight? Care to share any APF experiences?

JT: Im 13-3 I fight at 2 different weight classes 155 and 170; I hold 3 titles at 170. With APF, it’s a lot of fun. I went on a 6-win run and lost one. I was fighting almost every other weekend and I didn’t care what the weight was. I fought 155 all the way up to 185. …Since my last loss I’m 3-0.

JP: Wow, that’s intense. What weight do you normally walk around out? How has weight cutting been for you with a 30lb fluctuation?

JT: I walk around at 185 187ish… anything from like 165 is an ok weight-cut, but when I go down to 155, it’s hell. I’m always training and in the weight room. Always eating right; I have my days where I just go crazy, but for the most part I eat really healthy.

JP: Cool man, definitely know what you’re doing. Do you have any ambitions to turn pro just yet?

JT: I was thinking on going pro in October.

JP: Any reason for this or do you just feel you are currently ready? Has anyone told you otherwise?

JT: For myself, I feel I need the time. Others have told me I should go pro like now; some say the wait is better… but it all comes down to me. I want to fight the best guys that are still ammy and see where I stand. I’ve already fought some really good guys, but the more I get, the better I get.

JP: Interesting; and October is only about 4 months away. Do you think you’ll find the opportunity to fight 1 or 2 more of the ‘best’ before going pro? Do you currently have anything lined up as of yet?

JT: Yes, it will be here before I know it, but yeah I was to fight this weekend, but the guy I was to fight backed out. I was looking forward to fighting him, but I’m still looking to fight! A last minute thing doesn’t bother me, it just have to be within the best weight; like 170. I’m to fight July 7th, August 11th, and September 22nd, but there is always fights that come up and I’ll probably take them.

JP: That’s pretty crazy lining up fights months in advance, let alone only one month a part.. You’re a champ! Haha — As a fighter, what would you say is your favorite part of the sport? What keeps you going?

JT: The September show is going to be the best one. I think its in the Sears Arena, its to be the best of the best. …What keeps me going is the rush. It gets me every time, the wait in the back warming up, the walk out, hearing the music and fans, and then stepping in the cage knowing your opponent is across the cage staring at you. I don’t look up until the ref says fight and in that moment when I look into his eyes and see what he’s doing it all hits me. I don’t relax til’ the first punch/kick is thrown then I get into my grove and fight!

JP: That’s when way to walk in the cage. What’s your views on the competition? Do you take the Diaz stance or the veterans? Do you think it’s wise to keep no friends in the business and fight like an animal in a cage or do you prefer to fight as a competition, shake hands or even grab a beer after the fights over?

JT: Haha, yeah… um, as the fight comes I like to keep the fight as friends. I don’t like to be disrespectful, I like to put on a show, but stay in control of everything. I will tell you,  “Let’s go, I’m bringing the fight to you bring it back” – …I will touch gloves if they don’t want to its fine, it’s there way of doing things but I will not buy them a beer!

JP: Haha …and if they do? Do they get a beer?

JT: Haha. No they still don’t.

JP: Haha, worth asking right? Now we get to the fun stuff. What’s your goals as an MMA fighter? A year from now and 5 years from now?

JT: Oh yeah its worth asking. My goals when I started was to become an all round fighter and try to be the best fighter I can be. Taking fights and not backing down from a fight. A year from now I would like to have a good start to my pro career making it to some bigger shows. 5-years from now I hope to be in the UFC and be a high level contender.

JP: Let’s hope that all works out for you. As a fighter and a fan, what’s your current take on small-sized promotions and the commercialized ones (UFC, etc)? What do you think of the current state of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts?

JT: I like small sized promotions, it helps get the fighters names out there to climb the ladder to get to the bigger ones. I’m not in this sport for money, but I would like to see as you get to the bigger shows to make more but, it is what it is. Mixed Martial Arts is evolving fast, growing faster then any other sport. With it growing so fast; means more guys/girls in the sport, better fights, and better shows. I wish the politics weren’t in the sport so much.

JP: Very true, there’s always going to be politics between the small ones and their ‘home town heroes’ and the larger ones with legalization, favorites, and commercialization – there’s not much one can do about that, but I completely understand! …As we wrap this up and before I get to the trademark question and shoutouts – anything you’d like to share to other fighter’s who are on the rise? Also, who is your manager; who can we contact regarding fights or sponsorship offers?

JT: With finding me fights you can get ahold of me or my manager Billie Mann. Sponsorship, I take care of all that. I’m always checking my email thomson5@live.com. To a young aspiring fighter set a dream deep in your heart and go for it. Don’t let people tell you your dream is to big or you will never make it. Haters should be your motivators, you should always be hungry, striving for more.

JP: Great man, thank you for that. Now we get to ask our trademark question; Who is you favorite super hero and why?

JT: I’m not big on the whole super hero thing, but if I had to pick I would have to say Spider-Man. He has powers, but at the same time he doesn’t… It’s all in his spider-sense that allows him to dodge almost any attack and his ability to just kick ass

JP: Well that’s definitely a good enough answer for me! Haha. Thank you Jonathon! …Lastly, this is your time to shine! Care to give any shout outs and/or special thanks before I let you go?

JT: I would like to thank you first for giving me this interview. My Team The American PIT Fighters. My family, they may not like what I do but, they still support me. All my sponsors Starr Asylum, Paul Reavlin; Revgear Sports Co., Greg Cusimano; Down By Contact,  BamBam Williams; Xzavier Clothing, and Eric Carlson; Insanity Fightwear. Also, I would like to thank all my fans for coming and supporting me!

JP: Great thank you for spending the time with me. If youre ever in need of anything in the future and we can help out feel free to get in touch with me again!

JT: Thank you so much! Ill let you know how my fights go.

 

SIDE NOTE: Jonathon informed me a day prior to this interview’s release that he won yet another fight this Saturday. His 4th Belt!

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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