Welcome to our new monthly series, our Diamond MMA Fighter Spotlight! Each month we will be profiling a different fighter who protects with Diamond MMA and getting to know them just a little bit better. So without further ado, here is our interview with Tyler!
Craig Diamond: How did you first get into mixed martial arts?
Tyler Diamond: I first got into MMA because some local, older fighters invited me to the gym to train after noticing how tough I was on the wrestling mat. From my sophomore summer on, any free time I had was spent in the gym training.
CD: Where did you grow up?
TD: I grew up in the great town of Oroville, CA.
CD: What were you like in High School?
TD: In high school I really didn't care about anything other than accomplishing my goals in wrestling and doing well on the football field. Looking back, I wish I would have tried to enjoy the ride more which is one of my main goals as an athlete now.
CD: What is the best part of being a pro fighter?
TD: To me, the best part about being a pro fighter is the fact that I get to compete in such an amazing sport, post-college. I love being a pro fighter & the flexibility of my schedule that comes with it.
CD: What is the worst part of being a pro fighter?
TD: The worst part about being a pro fighter is the lack of financial stability I have. I'm constantly looking for innovative ways to make money to be able to stay afloat in between fights.
CD: What do you want to be when you grow up?
TD: What do I want to be when I grow up? This is a funny question for me being 25 now, but I actually still don't feel 'grown up'. Besides being a successful MMA fighter, I'd like to get into residential real estate & own a few business's.
CD: What advice would you give your younger self?
TD: If I was to give my younger self advice, I'd tell myself to not put so much pressure on myself, socialize as much as you possibly can, & enjoy the ride.
CD: Have you ever been hit in the groin?
TD: I've been kicked in the groin so many times it isn't even funny. Joseph Benavidez got me so hard I vowed to never not wear a cup in sparring again!
CD: What advice would you give someone just starting out in this sport?
TD: For someone just starting out in the sport, I'd tell them to work hard, stay positive, fully engulf themselves into the proper lifestyle one must lead when competing in MMA and get on the wrestling mat as much as they possibly can.
We want to say a huge thank you to Tyler for taking the time to share a little more about himself with us! You can find him on Facebook here and on Twitter here. We can't wait for our next conversation, if you have suggestions of who you'd like to see on the Fighter Spotlight please let us know!
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