Miriam Nakamoto, the baddest, realest female... thought this needed a few more eyes
So, I’m just gonna get right into it with some refreshingly honest excerpts. It’s a little long, but I enjoyed the fuck out of read this, and I’m indifferent to so many things. There are a plethora of thoughts and observations to take away from Nakamoto. (full article at MMArising.com)
Nakamoto explains just how little money there was in Muay-Thai despite her being at the top, and clothing
I love getting the Knockout of the Night. That’s amazing because I’ve been so poor. I just went shopping and spent my Knockout of the Night bonus on new clothes, and I haven’t bought new clothes in like three years. I’ve just had all of this Lululemon clothing that my sister bought me and a couple of things that I got, and all of those articles of clothing have holes in them and stains on them. They’re old and faded. In our gym, on the combat side, there’s a blown-up picture of me after a fight with a belt and a picture of Kevin Ross. And then there’s a poster of the whole fight team with our belts underneath. I’m in this place of honor prestige and elevation for my achievements and for my stature, and then I have holes in my clothes. So finally, I went and bought new clothes and it feels really good. I have money left over and I’ll be okay until my next fight. I can pay my bills until the next fight and that’s a great feeling.
Talks about her fight with Duda Yankovich, channeling negative criticism. Her take is definitely refreshing. She’s hard on herself, but her words read as confident, and calm. Similar to her fighting style. Loving the honesty here.
I think that I could have ended the fight sooner, After I landed the first elbow – the really devastating elbow – if I had thrown a flying knee to the face after that elbow, it would have ended sooner. That was something that I could have improved upon. And also, after she dropped when I first kneed her in the head, I got carried away when I was standing over her and trying to ground and pound her. I’m still green at that and I think I got a little greedy. I paid more attention to punching her than making sure that I was safe, and that’s how I got into the situation with her [attempting a] heel hook. I really like to err on the side of caution, especially in MMA, and at that point I think I had gotten a little ahead of myself. I think that the reason why people get caught with stuff is that they become a bit careless.
Every fight, I get better. I’m always improving and I definitely feel that I am maturing as a fighter. I think that has a lot to do with being older and feeling comfortable in my own skin. It’s also about being at a point where I can be honest with myself and channel critical negativity into something more productive. Like knowing that I have to put in the work instead of just being self-deprecating. In this last fight against Yankovich, I was very responsive to her penetration of my space and my territory and that’s why she couldn’t just corner me against the cage. The thing with Duke was that she just rushed in at me, even though she supposedly had good striking, too, and just pinned me against the cage. I wasn’t responsive enough to not let her do that to me, so that was my fault.
Composure, MMA fighter reaction/behavior, weigh-in struggles, “honor", humbleness, cold-blooded assassin
I was watching my fight [against Yankovich] on YouTube and listening to the commentary,They were saying things like, ‘I can’t believe Nakamoto’s composure. Wow, her composure.’ They don’t understand that when you fight for world titles, that’s a lot of pressure. These MMA world champions, they’ve defended their belts once or twice. Maybe three times at most. I’ve won seven world titles [in Muay Thai]. This was only my 25th fight, but I’ve fought for world titles a bunch of times.
With that amount of pressure and craziness, I think that’s why I don’t celebrate a win the way that other people [in MMA] do. They’ll run around the cage and all of that, and I never really do that because I’ve won world titles. [Doing] that is not like winning an MMA fight or a boxing fight. The way that I respond to wins and the way that I conduct myself in the cage is very different from the way that most other MMA fighters conduct themselves. I’m happy about that.
Even at the weigh-ins, I feel half-dead. I’m not going to pose and posture and I’m not going to act tough. I am exhausted, I want to cry, I feel like s–t and I’m barely holding myself up. I don’t need to act tough. I can smile at my opponent, shake her hand and bow at her. It’s the same thing when I’m walking out and getting into the cage. I don’t give a s–t about posing and posturing.
When the bell rings, I’m going to touch gloves and I’m going to do my job. I don’t need to be angry about it. I don’t need to mad-dog them or be disrespectful. I need to be calm, cool and just be this cold-blooded assassin. And then after I beat them, or even if I don’t beat them, I can bow and shake their hand and tell them thank you. And check to make sure that they’re okay.
I feel like, with MMA, that’s the attitude that is missing. The way of behaving is missing, so I’m really happy to show a different way of being. To be as vicious, as technical and as scary as I am in a fight, and also be very respectful and mild-mannered and professional. I think there is a serious lack of that type of behaviour in MMA.
What did I tell you? Motherfucking. Real. Ass. Woman. The way she speaks is incredible. Much wisdom. That’s the difference between a 36 year old woman and these twentysomething young fucks. They haven’t been through the shitty times, the struggles, the times you want to give up, but don’t. And that I believe has made Nakamoto this amazing fighter, and I hope she continues her MMA progression.
Carrying on. I hope you’re still with me.
Qualms with Jesamyn Duke’s remarks after their NC fight
I think that people were feeling like the illegal knee was how I won the [Jessamyn Duke] fight, but it’s not. It was because of the first knee, and fighting the way that I did in this last fight just proves that that first one wasn’t an accident. Duda was way tougher than Jessamyn was. Elizabeth Phillips was way tougher than Jessamyn was. [Duke] just took that shot and she crumbled, whereas with Duda I kneed her in the face twice and elbowed her. That was a hard elbow.
I think that [Duke] is not very honest. I think there’s a lack of integrity. Often times, fighters are more interested in what people think of them and how they are perceived by those people than how they perceive themselves. I think that some of the things she has said are kind of insane. Like, ‘Well, she’s got good standup, but I’ve got good standup, too!’ Yes, your standup certification is comparable to that of the WBC world champion. Probably, yeah. That’s a valid statement…you fucking idiot.
She says, ‘You’ve seen me get rocked in fights [before] and I could have come back from that.’ Really? Really?! ‘I was moving decisively towards a takedown.’ Really? You were flat on your shins, leaning forward with me propping you up. That is a severe lack of integrity. I think it’s really rude and low to take away somebody’s efforts because you don’t have the honesty in yourself, because of your pride, to admit that you got your ass whooped. That is what I don’t respect.
With Duda, she was just like, ‘She was the better fighter that night and that’s why that happened.’ She wasn’t like, ‘Oh, I just wasn’t used to elbows and that’s why I lost, and blah, blah, blah.’ She just said, ‘She was the better fighter,’ and I can respect that because that is a woman’s response. That’s being a real woman. Like me, when I fought Julie Kitchen, and I had blood streaming down my face. I had blood all over her and I sprained my neck, and I fought her [even] harder. That’s a real woman’s response. I don’t make any excuses. Fuck that. That’s the difference between a champion and everybody else.
Fuck, this entire Jessamyn Duke passage was beautiful. This is what I call respectfully talking shit/showing someone up.
And finally here’s some pre fight weigh in struggles…
I’d really like to thank Jenny Bend. [laughs] She was awesome. I had to go to the sauna [to cut weight] twice and this was the first time that I’ve ever bolted from the sauna. In 25 fights, I had never bolted from the sauna on my hands and knees and had someone grab me around the waist and try to drag me back in. I did that to her, and she was like, ‘You’re not going to let coach down!’
I’ve never done that before. I’ve cried and done the hysterics on the floor, but I’ve never run out of the sauna on my hands and knees. She stuck through it and we got the 12 pounds off.
Good lord. I’ve never tried cutting weight with the sauna, but from what I’ve heard from a lot of fighters, coaches, Dolces is that the sauna is THE WORST for cutting weight. Makes you feel like shit, exhuasted, and personally I can see why. Spend 15+ minutes in your local swimming pool sauna and you feel like SHIT.
Jesus christ. I’ll be shocked if this is how Nakamoto cuts weight every time cause she doesn’t look like it even effects her.
Now, Nakamoto needs to get herself a better weight cutting method. Bath method, wrapping herself in blankets and shit. But anything than the sauna.
Nakamoto returns to Muay Thai action on August 24/2013 against Dutch fighter Aleide Lawant (23-6). Of Nakamoto's 7 world titles, she will be putting the WCK title on the line.
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