Strikeforce Miami is this Saturday, January 30, 2010. In it is one of FFA’s up and comers, Joe Ray. Joe has competing kickboxing for years with us, having accumulated an amateur record of 8-0 along with the ISKA southeast championship title. Joe then trained in Thailand for nearly a year, racking up a pro thai kickboxing record of 4-1. This will be his first foray in professional MMA.
I have had the pleasure of training him, or rather the pain (the man hits hard!) . Joe is one of those people that excel under pressure. He fights his best in the ring, not in the gym – which is excellent for an avid competitor. I have been waiting for the day that Joe would go into MMA. He has so many weapons in his arsenal, he can really pick how he will finish the fight.
Today he will be doing his last training session with me at 6pm, then afterwards heading over to do photos and interviews with the Strikeforce crew. Tomorrow, he will be weighing in and of course on Saturday – it is go time!
I will post videos and pictures of Mr. Ray as we continue his preparation for Strikeforce.