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May 10, 2012

Featured Fighter: Leon Campbell

Name: Leon Campbell
Age: 30
Height: 5'11
Fight Weight: 145lbs
School: Sityodtong
Record: MMA 3-0
City/State Born: Malden, Mass
Achievements: list any kickboxing, Mauy Thai, boxing, nagas, any type of awards.

1. When and Why did you get into MMA??

I am a muay thai fighter through and through.... I transitioned to MMA because I was tired of the rarity of Muay Thai events. Sometimes I would go a year without a fight.

2. Do you have a background in martial arts, boxing , wrestling etc?

 When I was younger I dabbled in the typical kids martial arts but never took any of it serious. In my teens I took Caporiera for a couple years and boxed but I always loved traditional Muay Thai. I used to watch Thai movies and fights with my father, along with badass Bruce Lee movies.

3. What's your nickname, how did you get it? 

I don't really have a fight name but around the gym I am known as "Negrodamus" from the "Chappelle Show". One night while watching the UFC with my team I called the outcome of every fight that night! But please feel free to give me one if you would like!

4. What are your ultimate goals in the sport? 

My goal is to really just travel the world and fight in other countries. I've also wanted to compete in Japan for K-1!

5. What do you think about your next opponent? 

Soap Am is my next opponent and I have a huge amount of respect for him. I'm actually a fan of his and find it an honor to compete against him.

6. How do you see the fight going/being finished? 

I see the fight being amazing. As far as the finish...with my hand held high.

7. What weight do you walk at/how much do you cut to fight?

 I like to walk around 165 lbs at most. I hate big cuts. My girlfriend adjusts my diet accordingly (makes me eat my veggies) so I drop down to 150lbs before I start the actual cut!

8. What's your favorite part about fighting?

 My favorite part about fighting is the physical and mental challenge. It also gives me an excuse to wear really short shorts in public!

9. What's the worst part about fighting?

 The night before weigh in!

10. Anyone locally or in the big's that you really would love to fight, and why?

 I don't really have a hit list but anyone that agrees to fight me.

11. What do you feel is your best weapon in your fights? 

My best weapon in my fight is my corner. They are all professionals in every sense of the word. They know what its like in the cage and their knowledge is the biggest asset in my fights. Tied for second is my ability to remain calm and my striking skills!

12. What is your favorite foods that you miss while cutting weight?? 

I generally eat healthy but I enjoy pizza, burgers, and most importantly CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (soft bake).

13. What is your most memorable moment to date in MMA?? 

Seeing my father at my debut and him saying how pround he was of me!

14. How else do you spend your time when you are not training?? 

Not training?? What is that?? I'm simple...I enjoy spending time with those I love and finding great places to eat!

15. What do you do for a living besides fighting?? 

Aside from fighting, I work for Anheuser Busch, and at a bar as security and bar back on weekends.

I'd like to take this chance to thank my team (Sityodtong), my family, my girl friend, and the Dellagrotte family. Without any of them, I wouldn't be who and where I am today. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. R.I.P. Kru Eric Armington....

--Thanks Leon for taking the time.  Leon is a very humbled fighter and works hard at the sport of mma.  As I am sure you have all read he is fighting on May 20th against Team Pradal Serey's Soap Am for Premier FC.  Leon is 3-0 and is facing Soap who is 2-0.  This is going to be an awesome fight you won't want to miss so get your tickets by clicking here.  Now I want to make sure everyone knows that the gold tickets which are front row and all you can eat and drink is now $75 dollars.  Also the doors open at 11am and the fights start around 12.  Keep checking the site for the full card and my teaser which will be sometime next week! As for a nickname for Leon, I am thinking Leon "Boomstick" Campbell from Evil Dead series and the  star is Bruce Campbell.  What do you think???

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