Fighters

Episode 77 – Daniel & Tierra Brandt

In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, we sit down with USMF and Dan’s Gym coach, Daniel Brandt as well as his daughter, 2018 IFMA gold medalist Tierra Brandt. We discuss Daniel’s start in Muay Thai, coaching for the USMF, and the success of the USMF Junior Team’s recent success at the 2018 IFMA Youth Muaythai World Championships. We also talk with Tierra about her love of Muay Thai, her fights at IFMA and earning one of the 8 gold medals for Team USA as well as discussing what it is like as having your dad as your coach. We had a great time speaking with them and they share plenty of their knowledge, experience, and excitement for the future of Muay Thai in America. Enjoy!

Episode 75 – Magalie Alvarez

In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric & Vinny speak with Professional Muay Thai fighter Magalie Alvarez. Magalie fights out of Muay Thai America Gym (MTAG) in North Hollywood, California and was undefeated as an amateur before making the jump to pro Muay Thai. In the ring, Magalie is a firecracker who works non-stop and hits HARD! Outside of the ring, Magalie works as a personal trainer but has also begun using her voice to address mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. A fighter both in and out of the ring, Magalie is using her voice to talk about her own battle with mental health while encouraging others to not be ashamed to share their stories. This is a podcast we were very proud to make as Eric has also battled with mental health issues and believes that speaking up about them is important in helping others know that they are not alone and that there is help. One of our favorite podcasts to date where we talk Muay Thai, Mental Health, Social Media, and just have a few laughs. We truly hope you all enjoy!

Episode 74 – Selina Flores

In this episode of The Striking Corner Podcast, Vinny & Eric speak with San Diego’s Selina Flores. A talented Muay Thai fighter that has quickly made a name for herself in the California Muay Thai scene, Selina recently competed as part of Team USA at the IFMA Muaythai World Championships where she fought in the Elite A Class looking to compete with the very best the sport has to offer. Selina is competitive, driven, and hungry. She and the guys talk California Muay Thai, takeaways from her experiences at IFMA, the amateur and pro debate, and how she is determined to bring home the gold from IFMA in 2019. Also in this episode, Vinny makes a controversial statement about Tacos, talks about NY water and why it is the best, and of course our new brand Striking Professional. Listen, learn, laugh, enjoy!

Episode 72 – Rudy Ott

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny speak with former professional fighter, coach, and Smash Gym owner Rudi Ott. Rudi started out his career in Sanshou, also known as Chinese Kickboxing, which is the same fighting discipline that both Eric and Vinny started in before making the transition to Muay Thai. Rudi talks about the old Sanshou scene in his native Boston, how he made his way out west and began training with Cung Le, his career in Sanshou, making the transition to Muay Thai, and much more. We had a great chat with one of the OG’s in the Sanshou scene and now a highly respected coach in the U.S. Enjoy!

Episode 70 – Travis Clay, Justin Blair, & Ognjen Topic

On Friday, March 2nd, 2018, Friday Night Fights will be the first Muay Thai promotion to stream LIVE on UFC Fight Pass. Proof of the continuing growth of Muay Thai and Kickboxing in the US! In this special episode, Vinny and Eric speak with Friday Nights Fights (FNF) promoter Justin Blair to discuss this historic event for US Muay Thai and the guys also speak with the two stars of the main event, Phoenix, Arizona’s Travis Clay and New Jersey’s very own, Ognjen Topic. Two top American talents facing off in the ring of one of the longest running Muay Thai shows in America, LIVE on UFC Fight Pass! Support the Sport, tune in, and continue showing these networks that it is worth their time and money to continue broadcasting Muay Thai. The promoters and fighters are doing their part to grow the sport, we have to do ours!

Episode 55 – Emilio “Hydro” Pineda

In this episode, Eric & Vinny speak with 2017 IFMA Muay Thai Championship silver medalist and Team USA member, Emilio “Hydro” Pineda. We discuss his experience fighting on the world stage, his wins over Turkey and Denmark en route to the finals against Russia. Emilio explains that a silver medal was definitely not enough for him and how he will continue his quest for gold. We also discuss the new path for young fighters in the US to try out for Team USA, the importance of international competition, and more! Check it out!