August 12th 2016

Fighter Profile
Name – Conrad Loucks
Nickname – The Influence
Weight – 155 – 170 Pounds
Pro Record – 0 wins 0 losses
Team – Warrior Combat Academy

Where are you from ?
East Jordan, Michigan. All my life.

How long have you been training ?
Training MMA since 2011.

How did you get in to MMA ?
I saw Nick Diaz KO Robby Lawler on TV. His usual make the opponent look dumb style intrigued me. Then he got the win and I had to try it. A few months later, a friend hit me up saying a fighter blew out their knee and they needed a replacement fighter in 3 days in Gaylord. So I made my MMA debut for Big John’s MMA, November 1st 2008. Lost 1:32 of round 1 by tko.

Tell us about your nickname how you got it ?
Conrad “The Influence” Loucks cuz chicks love being under the influence.

What was the defining moment for you when you knew you wanted to become a fighter ?
I’ve wanted to be a fighter my whole life. Back when I was 5, I would watch pro wrestling and practice moves every day. When I found out it was scripted, I lost interest until I found UFC.

Were your family and friends supportive when you decided to enter the world of MMA ?
My friends were excited to watch. My family was more worried. My mom has even ran up on the cage a couple times yelling at my opponent.

What is your current record ?
-My ammy record is the past. So I’ll just say, with this next fight being my professional debut, my record is 0-0.

What is your favorite strike or submission ?
-My favorite submission is one only a few know of, but it is the greatest submission of all time; The Pleak.

Who is your biggest inspiration ?
I’m going to say Leonard Garcia. Leonard always put every thing into every fight. Didn’t need to win every fight, but always put on a show. I’d rather watch Garcia than GSP anyday.

What team do you train with ?
I train with Warrior Combat Academy, out of Traverse City, and cross train anywhere I can, time permitting, because anybody can teach you that little adjustment on a strike or hold that makes all the difference in the fight.

Do you like to stand with your opponent or take the fight to the ground
-I’d always rather stand. I want the crowd excited.

What does being a fighter mean to you ?
-Being a fighter means being a role model, whether you like it or not. I expected to get hit. I expected to bleed. I never expected young kids to ask me to sign their shirts. Possibly the next generation of fighters are watching us.

What weight do you fight at ?
As an ammy, I had 2 fights at 155, 5 at 170, 8 at 185, 2 at 205 and one at heavyweight. As a pro, I plan to stick to 155-170.

what do you think separates you from other fighters In your division ?
-I am without a doubt the most charming welterweight around.

If you could have one dream fight who would it be against ?
Lizzy Crowley, but she don’t want these problems. So I’d say any fighter that would rather stand and KO me than take it to the ground.

Who has been your toughest fight to date ?
Charlie Briethaupt. My first welterweight fight. Every fight I can look back and say “If I did this, it would have been different”. Except Charlie. I was outclassed completely.

What is your mindset going in to a fight ?
Scared to death. I never want to fight again. Until my walkout. Then everything makes sense again.

Who are you fighting next ?
Alex Zakusylo.

what holes or weaknesses do you see in his game that you can exploit ?
I pay very little attention to my opponent’s game. If you focus too much on what they can do, you’re not focusing enough on what you can do.

What promotion are you fighting for ?
Aggressive Fight League. Special guest King Mo Lawal.

Date and time of your next fight ?
September 17th Leelanau Sands Casino. Doors open at 6 fights at 7. I’m the first pro fight on this Pro/Am card.

What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career ?
I want to be remembered as being exciting and fun to watch. Win or lose, it’s about the fans. I’ve managed 6 FOTN performances out of 13 fights and I plan to keep that up.

What is your favorite quote or motto ?
“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport so far ?
My biggest accomplishment in this sport is from the other side. I ran SFCL for 3 years. Completely non profit fight promotion. All money raised from shows was given back to Michigan fighters, either as gym donations or pro sponsorships. Also did a few events where the money was donated to a school, Wounded Warrior Project, high school powerlifting team, and a show for cancer.

Who has been most influential to you in your career ?
Every Michigan fighter going on to bigger things. Bobby Nash killing welterweights, Vince Murdock tearing it up at Bantamweight, Amanda Cooper making it to TUF finals, Justin Jaynes dominating at lightweight, Marco Smallman only 1-0 right now, but I see him destroying the welterweight division too. These fighters show dedication and heart to chase their dreams. Something to strive for.

Who do you feel has had the biggest impact on the sport and why ?
I don’t think anyone can argue Dana White has made the biggest impact, regardless of his recent short comings. He brought the sport thru the underground stage to being the giant spectacle it is now.

How would you describe your fighting style ?
My style is a perfect blend of cool jitsu, awesome fu and Daaaaaaaaamn.

What drives or motivates you ?
The success of those around me, I don’t just mean my team, but my state. Michigan MMA vs everybody.

What is something people might not know about you ?
I’ll always be a bigger fan than fighter. I’ve got thousands of events on DVD and am at most Michigan shows watching live.

When you are not in the gym training what do you like to do in your free time ?
Read. Strengthen your mind as much as your body. Also watch cartoons. Disney is life.

What advice can you give to young fighters and those who want to become fighters ?
Cardio bruh. Always cardio.

What do you think you would be doing if you hadn’t become a fighter ?
Nothing good.Martial arts helps me with depression like nothing else. Without it, I have no idea where I’d be.

What gets you hyped up for a fight do you have any pre fight rituals that get you ready to go to battle ?
I’m always hyped. I try to calm myself. Listen to pop or Disney. Walkout to Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber.

Where do you see the sport of MMA in 5 years ?
I see a shift. UFC has been the big league forever. I see more fighters choosing other leagues as a first choice instead.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years ?
Undefeated pro kickboxer at 1-0 and probably a 50/50 fighter or a losing record in MMA. It’s not important to win or lose, or even what you learn from a loss. It’s the fight, the battle. Two people putting everything into stopping each other and being friends after.

What do you think can change moving forward to make MMA better as a sport ?
Pride rules.

Who is your favorite fighter ?
The Diaz brothers.

Is there anyone you want to thank or give a shout out to ?
Thank you to everyone on every team that has ever helped me. Every person struggling thru life to chase their dream. My sponsors KOP, Chalbeck Boxing, Jacobson Cleaning, Warrior Combat Academy, Jordan Valley Fitness, Nico’s pizzas and grinders, Deborah’s Catering services, Yoga Roots, Every Victory Earned, King DuBia, Susan Mullians and Wayne. And thank you to all the fans that come out to watch me do what I enjoy.