Interview with Tim McKenzie

Inside BJJ
How did you get started in BJJ and MMA?

Tim McKenzie
After high school, I was interested in this gym down the street called, Animal House. I met the instructor, Steve Heath. He introduced me to the sport that I have now made a huge part of my life. From there, Steve took myself and a couple other students to the Gracie school in Concord, CA and we trained there for six months. I had my first professional fight and was hooked! Afterwards, I went on to fight through my college years. I then moved to Arizona and trained with Arizona Combat Sports for two years. Finally, I moved back to California and trained at the Fairtex academy in San Francisco, Jokers MMA in Lake Forest, and Ronin Jiu-Jitsu in Stockton.

Inside BJJ
You’ve been involved in MMA since 2001. What are your thoughts on the MMA culture? For example, people who train versus people who just want to be associated with the MMA culture?

Tim McKenzie
Things have just blown up with the sport. I am so excited to see how far it has come in a short period of time. With it becoming so popular comes the people who say they are trained cage fighters. It is so funny that people come in and take one class and think they are cage fighters.

We don’t do this to say that we are fighters. We do this because we have made this a life choice. We don’t go out to a bar, after we train, to drink and talk about how good we are and what we can do. We come in, do our training, and get ready for our next competition.

You can always tell the people who are fakes. They will drop every name in the book just to get attention and that’s fine. To each their own. For the dedicated people out there, keep up the hard training and let that be where you get your gratification.

Inside BJJ
Who was your toughest opponent?

Tim McKenzie
My toughest opponent was Emanuel Newton. We had a three-round war, and he was the first person that made me feel like I was not indestructible. I won the fight, but he is a true competitor and a great fighter.

Inside BJJ
How important is it to train in the Gi?

Tim McKenzie
I have realized it is truly important to train with a Gi. I slipped away from training with a Gi for a while and have came back to it. The Gi makes your game tighter; no room for mistakes.

Inside BJJ
You have a big fight coming up against Marcus Gaines August 21, 2010, in Placerville, CA. How has your training been for the fight? Can you share your game plan?

Tim McKenzie
My training has been going well. I’m doing the best I can. I have a great group of people supporting me and a great family at home. Sorry, the game plan is top secret. You just have to come out and watch to see the game plan.

Inside BJJ
What is next for Tim McKenzie?

Tim McKenzie
Well, the next thing for me is to get through the fight with Marcus Gaines, Then work on getting my purple belt. My blue belt is just getting a little too old — kidding.

Inside BJJ
Is there anything you’d like to add?

Tim McKenzie
Yes, I would like to thank my sponsors, Toe2Toe, Fairtex, Merin Insurance, Gate Systems Inc., T. Grant & Associates, Sponsored by MOM, Home Team Finance & Real Estate, Power Balance, Stockton Max Muscle, and everyone who has helped me get ready for this upcoming fight. I appreciate all of your help Ronin Jiu-Jitsu and Joker’s MMA.


Tim McKenzieFor more information about Tim’s Fight, visit TrainRonin.

3 Responses to “Interview with Tim McKenzie”

  1. thenotoriousbuckshot says:

    its about time you interview and american for a change. how jeff glover, bill cooper, shawn williams etc…i’m should they’re good at bjj too. get off the brazilian C*&@ for change

  2. Gary says:

    one more note….tim hit the nail on the head when he said true and real fighters make it a life choice!!! no half assing it!!! all or nothing!!

  3. Gary says:

    great interview, and very good account of the early days!!! some of those students my brother took to ceasers are some of the best fighters now (tim included)…to just make fun of the name dropping part…by brother I mean steve heath and best fighters the list is long but tim, nick and nathan are at the top!! LOL I agree with tim about those people who use the names….I know alot of people and so what??? whooptie do!! be good and train hard!!

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