We are very proud to announce that Fransino Tirta was promoted to purple belt last Sunday, September 30, 2007.
FRANSINO TIRTA INTERVIEW
September 30, 2007
(Interviewed by Satoru Chayavichitsilp)
1. Could you tell us how you were introduced to MMA and or BJJ?
I was introduced to MMA and BJJ the first time from watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship 1. I was amazed with that sport and knew that this sport is the real deal.
2. What is your general feeling about the MMA scene in Indonesia and how does that compare to your recent experience in China?
MMA in Indonesia was quite good, unfortunately the marketing and promotion of the events was bad. In China they are more professional, they really know how to promote their shows. China has the biggest market in the world, so I believe that their success is only a matter of time.
3. Did you alter your training for this event and how did you feel coming into the fight?
Yes, I train harder especially in conditioning, too bad I had only 3 weeks to prepare myself. To tell u the truth, it has been a long time since my last fight, over 2 years. I don’t want to get rusty, so as soon as there was an offer to fight, I took it. I felt confident to win the fight, but I guess every fighter feels the same way.
4. Please give us a run through of the fight and your feelings about the judges’ decision.
The fight was hard and turned into slugfest. I completely forgot about my game plan and immediately looked for the KO, that was a bad idea because usually I fight smart. I had a friend who always said, “don’t look for the KO, it is bad karma”, I guess he is right this time. There were no judges so I have no comment on that.
5. Where do you see the direction of the sport in South East Asia?
This sport will be the future entertainment in South East Asia. MMA is already a fascinating sport, the promoters of Art of War Fighting Championship are very professional and really know how to market their show, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time until MMA becomes the mainstream of sport entertainment in South East Asia.
6. Any words of wisdom for those with aspirations to enter the ring?
MMA is the toughest sport and the fighters are the toughest athletes. There is no other sport as tough and demanding as MMA, so if you plan to enter the ring of MMA, you better make sure that you are ready for the toughest war of your life.
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