A few questions with Pro-MMA Fighter: Rich Patishnock

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Meet Professional Fighter: Rich Patisnock

I became a fan of Rich through a mutual friend and began following his career. At the time, KnockoutLounge.com was going through it's motions and I've never had the chance to reach out to Rich personally. A very humble guy, constantly working on improving his game; he is truly a Fighter on the Rise. He's been seen on WSOF, and took a very short notice fight to step up for a cancelled fight. He is always willing to fight with high hopes to succeed in this sport. Keep an eye on this man's career, because he is definitely bound for greatness. I had the luxury of working with Rich on our recent Q&A which can be viewed below, Enjoy!


Early Life:
Tell us a little bit about your life growing up.
I grew up in South Plainfield NJ, then moved to Pennsylvania when I was in 5th grade. I always remember having great friends, we would all hangout and wrestle (pretend we were WWF guys). My father passed away when I was 9, so growing up without him was very hard for me.
Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?
I was never involved in youth sports really, I went out for youth football but I was so chubby I couldn't jog around the field (haha). A few years after that, I got into karate but got taken out because I beat up a bully… It wasn't until high school I really got into sports, I started off playing football then after a few years of people convincing me, I finally stopped thinking wrestling was gay (lol) and went to my first practice and loved it.
What is your favorite child-hood memory?
I have so many I would have to say a close favorite is when I met superman. (lol)
Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?
…I met Superman.
Getting involved in MMA:
How did you get involved?
I just needed something to do after highschool, I wanted to go to college but I just ran off with MMA.
What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?
I started off in wrestling from highschool, but the first discipline I actually learned was BJJ, everything always came naturally to me and I immediately excelled in both.
At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?
4 months into training ever! (lol) I wasn't in it long until I got an opportunity to actually fight. I was just like, YES!
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?
I actually wasn't ready to fight. I was in some sort of daze. I remember playing with my mouthpiece and I got punched and it flew out! After the punch woke me up I stormed my opponent and finished the fight in under a minute!
What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?
Be humble, take chances, always be a student.
What gym are you currently fighting out of?
What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?
6-1 as an ammy. 6-2 as a pro. All but 1 was at welterweight, now currently a lightweight
Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?
If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?
Be more aggressive with my BJJ and go for more submissions!
What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?
All in all, my very first loss. …But getting the call to come in against Igor Gracie for WSOF, it was a complete rush (to be) competing on a stage that big!
Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?
No interesting stories, really… But just a learning experience; just never give up in anything and stay calm i a situation you have no control over until you figure out a solution. I learned this from the Gravie fight when he had my back. Also my second pro fight, I punched myself out in the first round and it was hell from there (lol), but I stayed as calm as possible. Also just train smart, you don't have to kill your body all the time in practice. Settle down and work on technique!
If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?
Don't let anyone or anything discourage what you're trying to achieve, always strive for what your vision is!
Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?
Head coach Don Cioffi From Team Chamber MMA, S&C coach Jeremy Hubbard from J&M personal training, Mike Constantino from AMA Fight Club and MVC management along with J.J. Grube, Sean Diggs from world class boxing, all of my training partners, Ten Institute for keeping my body healthy and the late Don Messing!
What are your goals for the future in the sport?
Make a comfortable living doing what I love and getting another shot at a world title!
What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?
I still think it's very young and the things people are starting to do… I'm excited to see the new breed of fighters to come in the following years.
If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?
Possibly adding a few more weight classes.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Hopefully fighting still! (lol)
Fun Facts:
Favorite Food:
Fat-wise? Chicken Parm!
Favorite type of Music:
Honestly, it depends on my mood.
Favorite Movie:
I love comedy and horror movies, no favorite, but definitely in the top would have to be SuperBad and The Evil Dead remake.
Favorite TV Show:
Again, I have a few, but the Spartacus series is a favorite!

Favorite Quote:

No favorite quote really. Really anything I can relate to. Through my losses, I tell myself, "Re-evaluate, Re-invent, Re-conquer"

Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:
None currently, hopefully staying that way for a while! (lol)
Best day of your life:
The day my little brother was born, and signing my contract with WSOF!
Interesting/Unknown fact about you?:
I am actually a good artist. I wanted to go to school for special F/X make-up. I used to make and sell movie replica horror props.
Favorite Hobbies:
Special F/X
Who is your favorite super hero and why?
Superman, when I was a kid I met him lol
Facebook Page/Fan Page: Rich Patishnock
Twitter: @Rich_Patishnock
Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): Don Cioffi,
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