Q&A with Lion Fight's Mike Trianaby Brian Woodman Jr. on 04/21/18
As of this writing, Mike Triana of Worcester, MA has a 3-0 professional record in Muay Thai. Tonight, April 21, he will face Tyger Banks (4-1) of Cinicinatti in a lightweight professional bout on the main card of Lion Fight 42 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. We had a chat with him about his background and future.
Q: When did you start training in Muay Thai?
A: I started to train twice a week in the morning in August of 2013.
Q: Why did you choose this particular sport/style?
A: I started Muay Thai for fun at a local gym near my mother’s office. At the time I was thinking of joining the military.
Q: Where do you train?
A: Team Link Muay Thai, Worcester MA.
Q: How long have you competed in Lion Fight?
A: Three years.
Q: What is your regular job?
A: I teaching classes at my gym, do personal trainings and drive UBER.
Q: Have you trained in other styles?
A: I studied Tae Kwon Do for three years when I was 11.
Q: Have you competed in MMA or other combat sports?
A: I did a few Tae Kwon Do tournaments.
Q: Is there a particular fighter that you admire?
A: Cosmo Alexander. I met him during my first year of training – I started to follow his fights and training through social media. Other fighters I admire are Anuwat, Nong-O, Pinca. There are just so many amazing fighters. But those are some of the ones I mainly follow.
Q: What is the next step in your fighting career?
A: I’m always aiming to be the best that I can be. I’ll keep training hard and fighting bigger names in the sport, represent the people that follow me at my best and become a world champion.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring fighters?
A: We all have been where you are. We all started with the basics and have worked on them every day since. Keep learning and just enjoy the journey.