March 31st 2016
Name – Zaelyn Bell
Nickname – Warrior Kid Zae
Weight – 219 pounds
Record – Focused on submission tournament
Training out of Catalyst Fight House
Where are you from ?
How long have you been training ?
Will be 11 years in two months.
How did you get in to MMA ?
Early in my young life, I have a love for animes and wrestling. I said I wanted to fight like those characters. My dad said he can get me the closest way possible and on my sixth birthday I was at the gym where I have not stopped training since.
Tell us about your nickname and how you got it ?
When I was in the gym grappling against older kids, the adults were saying I had the spirit of a warrior. So my family called me Warrior Zae, but my dad said, “You are a kid still.” So Warrior Kid Zae stuck. Plus it is just me, a kid with the warrior spirit.
What was the defining moment for you when you knew you wanted to become a fighter ?
After watching the summer Olympics 2008 and then going to a local MMA event later that night. Just seeing the crowd and feeling the excitement, I wanted that for myself and decided to be the best through hard training to get there.
Were your family and friends supportive when you decided to enter the world of MMA ?
Most definitely. They all support me in my goals of being the best that I can be. They are there and travel to my meets & seminars.
What is your current record ?
No fights yet, lots of wrestling matches and submission tournaments though
What is your favorite strike or submission ?
Whatever get the job done.
Who is your biggest inspiration ?
Mine would be my dad. The man not only keeps me focused, but is my biggest fan.
What team do you train with ?
Catalyst Fight House.
Do you like to stand with your opponent or take the fight to the ground ?
I love to grapple, so to the ground we go.
What does being a fighter mean to you ?
To express myself while being focused and doing what I love.
What weight do you fight at ?
I compete at 220 pounds.
What do you think separates you from other fighters in your division ?
I believe what separates me from other fighters my age is that I am me. My confidence and never die spirit. Plus when I am competing on the mat I feel so relaxed, and all around enjoy myself.
If you could have one dream fight who would it be against ?
I’m a fan of the guys of the past and would love to have a one on one with him.
Who has been your toughest fight to date ?
When I was 11, I was at a local submission tournament and had to step up to grapple 16 & 17 years old. It was quite the experience.
What is your mindset going in to a fight ?
To have a good time and give it my all. Just cut lose & express myself on the mat.
What holes or weaknesses do you see in their game that you can exploit ?
Always shake it up. Keep them off balanced and work them up top, till it’s time to bring them down.
Date and time of your next fight ?
Do not have any fights coming up. I do have 3 submission tournaments in April and one in May that I will be competing in, so far.
What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career ?
That I was an outgoing fighter who gave it my all and whether I won or lost, you know you saw a great match. Plus it wouldn’t hurt to be remembered as a great champion, when that time comes.
What is your favorite quote or motto ?
Never give up. BELIEVE IT!!!
What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport so far ?
Any win I earned, I view as an accomplishment.
Who has been most influential to you in your career ?
My wrestling family that have always had my back and encouraged me all the way. From weight training to confidence in front of the camera, these guys helped me grow.
Who do you feel has had the biggest impact on the sport and why ?
Each year brings about a game changer. Personally I never thought one person made the biggest impact in MMA, because so many people brought different aspects to the sport.
How would you describe your fighting style ?
Roller coaster. First I’ll have you up, then I’ll take you down.
What drives or motivates you ?
To be the best like no one ever was, while being a positive teen.
What is something people might not know about you ?
I do not eat red meat or pork.
When you are not in the gym training what do you like to do in your free time ?
I love to read comics & animes, play videogames and spending time with my family.
What advice can you give to young fighters and those who want to become fighters ?
Believe in yourself & never give up. Keep it going while staying true to yourself. If you have the heart and this is for you, then keep on going till you reached your goal. Nobody will believe in you like you believe in you.
What do you think you would be doing if you hadn’t become a fighter ?
I plan on either being a Chinese translator or a personal trainer, while working my way to the big stage.
What gets you hyped up for a fight do you have any pre fight rituals that get you ready to go to battle ?
Before a match, I put on my headphones and I get into the zone. My energy is focused and I am ready for the job at hand.
Where do you see the sport of MMA in 5-10 years ?
That it will continue to rise and that it will be a true global giant and the wave of fighters coming in will know all forms. I mean more of across the board good in all areas, meaning striking, & grappling.
Who is your favorite fighter ?
I like his fighting all around from wrestling to his stand up and he is also very positive & straight edge guy.
Is there anyone you want to thank or give a shout out to ?
Most definitely my Mom & Dad. My sponsors Dark Guard Fight Gear & Turnbuckle Turmoil. To the professional wrestlers & MMA fighters that inspired me through the years. And a special one to my crew at Catalyst Fight House, especially for my Coach Eddie Grant who I have known pretty much all my life. But the biggest one goes out to the people who cheer me on and encourage me on this awesome journey, you are the ones who make it happen, BELIEVE IT!!!!!