Another huge thanks to Mezereon Management for getting me in contact with another Striker Fight Center Fighter. There’s a little significance in this interview for the sheer fact that we will be sponsoring Scotty for his fight November 5th, 2011. Scotty will be walking out wearing a KnockoutLounge.com T-shirt! This is pretty exciting for us [and it should be for him! …We’re kind of a big deal, right?!]. Let’s get into it.
Jason Przewoznik: Scott – this all happened so fast, and I really wanted to get a few words in with you before your fight. Thanks for giving us some time this week to get your story out there! Why don’t you give us a little rundown on who you are? Where did you grow up and what inspired you to get into the sport of MMA?
Scott Farhat: Well I’m adopted and from Korean descent. I grew up in Orange County, California for seven years until my parents got divorced and my father got a job transfer out to Georgia. I moved here to Marietta, Georgia with my dad and sister when I was seven and have lived here since then.
What inspired me to get into MMA was after highschool when I found my first martial arts gym. I met a guy named Johhny Dunn who is still a mentor of mine to this day. He was a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu and was teaching at a small Karate school near my house. I already had two years of wrestling from highschool, so it was natural for me to pick up Jiu Jitsu and I fell in love with it. After I competed and won my first BJJ tournament, I knew a career in MMA was around the corner.
JP: Nice man, that’s always a good start! What color belt do you currently own? …and roughly how long have you been involved in the concept of MMA and what disciplines [fighting styles] have you been working on since mixing it up?
SF: Thank you. I have been doing Jiu Jitsu for about 7 years and currently just got my brown belt. I’ve been involved with the concept of MMA for the last five years of my training. I started mainly with grappling but, I have incorporated Muay Thai and Boxing into my style. I prefer boxing for my training because I’m a little short (I’m 5’5) and it doesn’t leave me open for take-downs if I throw a kick. Ever since my first fight back in 2005, I knew training everything was important, that means striking, take-downs, ground, and conditioning all need to be up to par.
JP: Nice – how well do you feel you’ve developed your boxing/striking game mixed with your ground? …Also, not to step too far back, but care to share your experience in the fight in 2005 that opened your eyes to that?
SF: I feel my striking game has improved dramaticaly since I was an amature, but I still need room for improvement. I have had two TKO wins, but still working towards a Knockout win sometime soon (lol). My main problem though… is my willingness to slug it out with guys when probably I should have gone for a take-down.
…Well my first fight is actually interesting. I had two years of BJJ and some striking under my belt, but I wasn’t actually being trained for a fight; I just was taking the classes and I didn’t tell my trainers I was going to fight. There was an MMA tournament I found online in Macon, Georgia and somehow I was able to get on there! I showed up with no corner or trainers; …Luckily a trainer named George Allen was there decided to help me out and corner me. My opponet was Bubby Mitchell who had atleast four or five MMA fights and was a very good wrestler. Everyone thought I was going to be killed, but I fought hard and eventually got a nasty kimura on him from my guard. I took a lot of hits though, from that win and knew I had to train my striking and become a better MMA fighter.
JP: Interesting man! Sometimes you got to take a risk to understand what you need to improve. You even came out with the win, so can’t complain, right? I’m glad that’s taught you a valuable lesson, though; to be a well rounded fighter at all times. How far would you say you’ve come as a WELL ROUNDED fighter?
SF: I would say that I’ve come a long way to be a well rounded fighter. I try and train everything including what I’m not good at. Some guys only train what they like or have a belief that they only need one style. I never liked that approach and I try to make the most of my training. Even when I feel I’m getting better, I’m never really happy and feel I need to do more!
JP: That’s a great way to train and think!! Never slow down, never give up! Would you care to share some of your past fights? Maybe share something you may have learned when you made the progression to professional fighting??
SF: Thanks I appreciate it! Well, the only major difference I have learned from the transition from ammy to pro would be the knees and elbows to the head. It definitely changes the game! …Also the rounds are much longer, so I have to be that much more in shape!
(Hmm) …Some of my past fights? There’s a few I remember that stick out in my mind for different reasons. One fight that always gets me… is one I lost. A year ago I fought a tough kid named Jacob Hebeison who was 4-2 as a pro and I was 3-1. We are both Asian and had very similar backgrounds; he also was a Pan Am Champ as a purple belt… Anyway, we finally were going to fight as co-main event at Wild Bills. From the start it was a fast paced match with very little stalling. He blasted me with some good leg kicks, but I took him down repeatedly. What got me… was every time I took him down near the ropes, they restarted us standing and separated us. I wasn’t going to argue with the ref, but I felt they should have let me continue on the ground. At one point I even took his back standing and knocked him down with one hook, but he was smart and fell threw the ropes in order to get restarted. Eventually, I got caught with a rear naked choke off my shoot, but its ok I gave it my all and felt had it been a cage instead of a ring I would have won.
JP: Interesting, ground resets are brutal…in a lot of cases, horrible calls! It’s the mentality to keep changing your game and perfecting your mindset with your losses that really builds a fighter; it’s definitely a good quality…You learn and keep training and fighting, that’s all you can do!!
SF: Exactly you just have to keep going no matter what!
JP: Now, you have a fight coming up November 5th, in which you’ll be wearing a Knockout Lounge T-shirt!! I’m excited for this fight; care to share your thoughts?
SF: Yes, I’ll be fighting at Wild Bill’s on November 5th and definitely be wearing a Knockout Lounge shirt! …I’ll be fighting Chris Cain from South Carolina. Hes a good brown belt with a dozen fights under his belt, so hes very experienced. He recently won a decision against my friend and teammate Gerry Tena. Even though Gerry lost, he fought hard almost making a come-back in the third and basically all the guy did was hold Gerry down in my opinion. I was at the fight and I could hear the guys corner yell “lay and pray”. After watching the fight it was obvious Chris didn’t want any part of the stand up game; he either kept shooting in on or rushing in for a body clinch. I’ve been working on shortening up my punches, so I won’t be over extended for the shoot… and a lot more clinch/ground work for this fight. He’s a bit lankier than me (4 or 5 inches taller), so I have to watch out for his leverage and long limbs on the ground. The one advantage I feel I have over him is my ground and pound is stronger than his. I will not try to turn this into a grappling match. I have a lot of respect for my opponent and I feel he presents a lot of danger, but I’ve fought much harder guys in the past and I’m not afraid to lay it all on the line!
JP: Nice man!! Yeah, it was definitely an upset seeing Gerry lose, but there WILL be a Striker Fight Center Revenge on Chris Cain! Haha. Coming into this fight, is your confidence level where it needs to be? We’re a weeks away!
SF: Yeah, it was hard for me to see Gerry lose, he is my friend and the only other pro fighter at striker! (Lol) Yeah, I hope to get revenge for strikers for sure! My confidence level is surprisingly high right now. Some people might not think so consedering in my last fight I was knocked out with a brutal knee to the face. I was fighting for the Georgia Bantamweight Belt against Byron Bloodworth who made it to the UFC recently. It was pretty even until the second round when I was KO’d via knee. A lot of people have been talking and some said I retired. That got me angry and only motivated me to fight again ASAP! Chris Cain is a tough fight and some would say I should have taken another fight, but that’s who I am. I’m the guy who steps up win or lose!
JP: That’s what the fans of the sport want to see, a fighter who never backs down and steps up whenever he’s called. Hats off to you man!! Avenging the Jedi, AND the fact that you’ll be wearing a Knockout Lounge shirt, you’re BOUND to win! Haha.
SF: Exactly, I’m the guy when they ask someone to cross that line I’ll be there to step it up! Thanks I appreciate, and I will avenge the Jedi and look good while wearing your shirt! (lol)
JP: You better! Haha, I believe everyone looks good with a little KnockoutLounge in their life! …Now on to the fun question since we broke the ice! …Who is your favorite super hero and why?
SF: Hmmm… my favorite super hero? That’s a tough one. I would have to say Goku from Dragon Ball Z. I was a big anime fan growing up and loved Goku. What I admired about him was he would be getting his but kicked, but would always find away to win!
Plus he could fly, knew martial arts, and could go Super Saiyan like that; I mean who wouldn’t want to be able to do that? Hahaha
JP: Hahahaa…Awesome! I’m sure going into Super Saiyan mode would not be allowed in regulated sports; it’s a gift and a curse! Haha.
Before we get out of here, is there anyone you’d like to give shoutouts to, any special thanks, etc?
SF: Well I would like to give a shout out to Knockout Lounge of course for giving me the oppourtunity to be interviewed and sponsored. I would like to thank my fiance Dana for supporting me and putting up with me when I go fight. My training partners Nick Beal, Tyler Wolfenbarger, Cj Lewis, Byron Lovorn and Gerry Tena for getting me ready for this fight. My trainers, Juan Guevara, Johhny Dunn, and Stephen Broughman for training me. Also, I would like to thank Lisa Webb for getting me sponsors and promoting me even though I’ve been in a slump recently. …And everyone at Striker Fight Center who supports me! The last thing I would like to say is, Don’t ever give up on yourself, sometimes you just have to try again. Simple as that!
JP: Great, man nice little bit of inspiration at the end is a great way to close this interview. I wish you the best in this fight and many more to come! Keep pushing and representing Striker! We will definitely catch up post-fight and get some more info out of you! Thanks very much for your time!