Keoni Koch Says He Had a Rocky Start to His Career
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.24.2014
He hated it...
Keoni Koch recently spoke about his fight at RFA 12 and more. Check out the highlights:
On the earlier parts of his career: "I hated the experience. The time it took away from my family and kids was excruciating."
On committing himself to his career: "I started asking myself if my legacy was going to be one of the people that could have been a great fighter, and I wasn't satisfied with the answer. So I just decided to give it my best run and see where it takes me."
On training occasionally with his brother: "It's interesting because I was interested in the martial arts as a martial artist. I had no desire whatsoever to compete. I wanted to get experience, but the idea of competition never really crossed my mind. I started training with five guys in my basement, and my brother was one of those guys. These guys, after training, wanted to compete. I was coaching but had no desire to compete. Then, after a while, you're coaching these guys to compete, and you're like, am I credible? Do I know what I'm doing? Can I say I'm coach if I've never stepped up to the competition stage? So that's what I did."
On his RFA debut: "My first show with the RFA, I was kind of taken aback at how professional they were and how they conducted themselves for their first show. The show itself ran really smooth, and not only that, I could tell the caliber of fighter was on a higher order than the regional shows. To be able watch it develop into what it is now, a springboard to the UFC, is a real pleasure. The RFA is sending a lot of people to the UFC, and they're winning."
On going to lightweight: "After watching my brother cut to 145, which I thought was a little bit light for him, the RFA graciously allowed me to go to 145, which is where my ideal weight is. To finally (fight) after all these setbacks, let alone for a title, is a blessing. I'm getting a little bit tired of training, but I know it will all come to fruition."