May 5th 2016
Name – Bruce Boyington
Nickname – Pretty Boy
Record – 14 wins 8 losses
Weight – 155 pounds
Team – Youngs MMA
Where are you from ?
I’m from Milford Maine and graduated HS in Old Town, Maine and currently live in Brewer, Me…I train across the river in Bangor, Me with YoungsMMA and I have been with them since we were in Coach Youngs basement and I believe its been about 5 years now.
How did you get in to MMA ?
I started Taekwondo at an early age of 8 and been doing martial arts ever since, i entered USMC and was a martial arts instructor for them where I first started playing with some wrestling and grappling and after getting out of USMC, wanted to start MMA as I thought it catered more to who I was as a martial artist and athlete.
Tell us about your nickname and how you got it ?
My coach gave me the name pretty boy, I would come to train every day/night and I was all showered up, dressed good and pretty and he would always call me ‘pretty boy’ and we went with it ever since.
What was your defining moment when you said I want to be a fighter ?
I knew I wanted to really be a fighter when I started training with Coach Chris Young and real MMA guys.
When you decided to pursue mma as a career where your family and friends supportive ?
My family has been supportive of my fighting / martial arts career my whole life.
What is your current record ?
my current record is 14-8.
What is your favorite strike and favorite submission ?
my favorite strike is the spinning back kick and for a submission, i probably like the kimura most.
who has been your biggest inspiration ?
My biggest inspiration is my kids at this point, before they came along, I was very inspired by Jaun Claude Van Damme and Bruce Lee and other Olympic Athletes.
What team do you train with ?
AS I said I train with Youngs MMA and Boyingtons Taekwondo Academy and I also work with Master Michael Tang or Coach Tang.
which do you prefer standing and banging with your opponent or taking the fight to the ground ?
I like to stand for sure, everyone should…it’s what’s exciting…if it’s not a fight to entertain people, I love the BJJ of it all too, it challenges me and I enjoy it.
What does being a fighter mean to you ?
Being a fighter is just something I enjoy doing, its not a job to me, it’s a passion and a challenge and I enjoy the glory of it all, i enjoy the doubters or critics and proving them wrong probably more than anything else and i would say that is what fuels me the most…if I have a fight I’m not suppose to win, i perform at my best.
If you were given one dream fight who would it be against ?
One dream fight is easy, I would be taking on Conor McGregor.
What separates you from other fighters ?
I am different from other fighters because of my Taekwondo Background and the fact that I have been doing martial arts all my life.
Who has given you your toughest fight to date ?
my toughest fight to date has been the battle with myself, the battle finding the best, most in shape, healthy and willing Bruce Boyington, period.
What is your mindset going in to a fight ?
my mindset has been different going into the fight over the years..after I overcame a lot of my own obstacles in life, it completely changed and ever since, I go into a fight very excited and confident and enjoying the dance.
Who are you fighting next ?
I’m fighting Saul Almeida next on June 17th for World Series of Fighting at Foxwoods Casino and Resort.
What holes do you see in his game that you can exploit ?
Saul is a pretty well-rounded, experienced mma fighter, im not going to discredit him by suggesting he has holes in his game…this is about what I need to do.
What do you want people to remember you for at the end of your carrerr ?
I want to remembered as the exciting guy who always came to fight and fought anybody.
What is your favorite quote or motto ?
No pain, no gain…its simple and to the point and holds the truth.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in MMA ?
my biggest accomplishment to date has probably been either capturing the CFX, or NEF LW title or getting my WSOF debut victory.
Who has had the biggest influence on you and your career ?
My coach, Coach Chris Young has been most influential in my mma career, him and my teammates have made all the difference in the fighter I am today.
My wife, Randi Beth has been a big influence as well on my career and being there for me through every step of the way and helping me get through the toughest fights I have had, I owe it all to her , to my coaches and my teammates.
How would you describe your fighting style ?
I’m a well-rounded fighter at this point, I strike, im unorthodox to an extent and can bring thintgs out of no where…and I can be very unpredictable…lately though, i have become more predictable and more basic in mma and I intend on changing that back up, for the excitement of it…if these guys wanted to just wrestle, i think i would beat them wrestling, if they wanted to do BJJ, i think i would beat most of them at that, maybe not at a tournament on points but BJJ for MMA and I think if we just struck it out, i win but guys sometimes beat me in areas because im trying to make it entertaining and they are trying to just get me down and hold me, that is hard for any fighter who is trying to make an exciting fight out of it and the other person is not..that is my challenge with my style right now.
What drives and motivates you ?
most definitely, the critics and haters drive and motivate me.
What is something people might not know about you ?
there is a lot people don’t know about me and its staying that way, ha ha.
What advice can you give to young fighters or those looking to break in to the sport ?
The best advice I can give those up and comers or people who sincerely want to be a fighter is to challenge yourself in the gym, to the brink of failure and to recognize it before you’re in the cage because then your familiar with it and if you can over come that, you can overcome anything in MMA.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or give a shout out to ?
As always, shout out to my wife Randi, my kiddos, my team at YoungsMMA, my sponsers: Portland Nutrition Corner, Abbotts Insulation Plus, Toby York/Jes Ornsby, Graham & Rachel Leavitt, Savoys Custom Interior and Decks, Fusion HT, Black Dog guns , Big Al and my dear friend Lorraine. The Boomhouse Resteraunt and of course my boys in Mass…Mass Fury Football. My family, brother Chris, TJ, sister Jen and Mom and Dad, my Father in Law Andy who has been my main man for a while now and Lisa and Kelly & Bruce. Thank you to all of you who have stood by my side and who continue to be an inspiration to me. Boyingtons Taekwondo Academy who are my second family. Love you all!