It was a very proud moment for many on March 23rd, 2013 as Brazilian Top Team Plano's Travis Hill won his debut MMA fight.
On March 23, 2013, Travis defeated Jason Bartram in A Dragon’s Tale: Amateur MMA fight held at UT Tyler.
As the first round started, Travis immediately sized up his opponent, quickly took Bartram down and finished with ground and pound. The referee stopped the fight at 1:22 in the 1st round, declaring Travis the winner by TKO.
In a brief interview, these were Travis’ thoughts on the amazing journey towards his first win:
When you heard you had been selected for this fight, what were your initial thoughts?
I was ecstatic! I waited a long time for this opportunity.
This was your first training camp. What was it like?
Intense. I was pushed to my limit—then pushed even further.
How did you manage to drop the weight for the fight? Was it difficult? How did your coaches at BTT Plano help?
I asked my Muay Thai instructor, Kale Sims, exactly what to eat, stuck to it and ended up being a pound under weight. Losing 20 pounds in two months is fairly easy when you do everything right.
Did you know anything about your opponent prior to stepping in the cage?
I knew his name a few days before the fight, but that's about it. Which is how I like it. I need to focus on me and my skills.
Do you feel like you were prepared for the fight?
Definitely. BTT is a leading name in martial arts for one reason: top-of-the-line coaching staff.
What did it feel like when you finally heard the ring announcer call your name and you made your way to the cage?
Ha! Well, I started to do a sprint for the cage when Coach Sims told me to stop running, so I ran back to them. Then, the commission told me everyone was waiting on me, so I started running again. Finally, Coach Sims told me to stop running and relish the moment, so I did. I ended up hearing my name called three times. Each time was awesome!
Was there anything you would have changed in your performance?
I wish I had knocked him out. He did a good job of covering up though. All in all I couldn't ask for more.
How many hours of training a week did you put in for this fight?
An hour of either Muay Thai or Jiu Jitsu, then an hour of MMA training, then at night I'd get my road work in. So a good 2 1/2 hours a day, six days a week.
What would you say was your biggest strength that helped you secure victory in this fight?
I had a fire that wasn't going to be put out. I went out there with one thing in mind: victory. Any other outcome was unacceptable.
What was your biggest motivation going into this fight?
The fight was all the motivation I needed. I'm a fighter. The moment I need motivation to do what I love is the moment I need to find a new passion to pursue.
Who all would you like to thank?
God, of course, and my coaches and training partners at BTT Plano. Thank you for steering me toward a victory we can all share. Also, thank you to my sponsors Pirtek, Reliant Prosthetics, Webster Chiropractic and Maxmuscle Plano. Lastly, thanks to Dimetrius Hill for putting on an outstanding promotion for amateur MMA.