Kino Alphonso vs Alex Tribe

There’s something about a fight that gets the blood flowing… whether it’s Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA or Boxing, most people can appreciate a good tussle. As interesting as it is from the outside looking in, what’s happening inside the ring is something profoundly unique.

Your typical amateur competitor will spend two to three hours a day, and an average of five days a week in the gym getting their technical sport specific training (pad work, bag work, sparring, drills & other partnered workouts), and another three to five hours a week working on their strength and conditioning. This amount of work in and of itself is life changing, but the relationships you build and the life lessons you learn are something else. Think about it, a typical competitor will spend 10 - 15 hours a week with their coach/instructor and training partners, and another 5 - 10 hours engaged in focused work with one goal in mind, to win that fight.

For me, some of my favorite moments are before the fight, in between the rounds, and after the final bell sounds. That walkout to the right when the music comes on and the crowd screams in anticipation and adoration. The moment each fighter steps into the ring, the steely look of focus on their face, the relationship between coach and fighter as they demonstrated throughout the process, and the culmination of all the hard work, as two athletes go toe to toe and endeavor to best one another. Here are my top 6 moments from ECL 3:

1. THE WALK...

THE WALK: When the sparks start flying and that walkout song starts playing, the well trained fighter is usually already in the ZONE! There is a happy/focused look on their face as they walk out to perform and showcase what all their hard work is about. [Gary Mack vs Cody Jerome]


OVER THE TOP: Entering the ring is always an emphatic moment, because when you leave, you will NEVER be the same. Knowing that you are about to experience a life changing moment is thee most profound of feelings on can ever experience. [Luis Morales vs Kyle Messenger]


PREPARE FOR BATTLE: In Muay Thai it’s customary to “seal” the ring as part of your wai-kru, a ceremonial dance each fighter performs prior to the fight. [Meaghan Cameron vs Erin Jimenez]


COACH + FIGHTER: Majority of fighters will train for 6 months to a year before they get into their first fight. With a minimum of 10 - 15 hours a week in the gym with their coach, the bond that forms between the two is quite special [Gary Mack vs Cody Jerome]


THRILL OF VICTORY: There are very few feelings that can top winning, especially if you have sacrificed all the “good times” for it, and focused every ounce of your being into getting that “W” [Kyle Messenger vs Luis Morales]


RESPECT: When you share the ring with someone, you share a moment with them where your life changed. You may not like each other, you may not even end up as friends, but you will have a measure of respect for one another, especially after a well contested fight [Eddy Chang vs Omar Lee]

Share your favorite moments from ECL 3 with us in the comments section below for a chance to will 2 tickets to ECL 4, November 17th. Check out ALL the pics from ECL 3 HERE