Here's more from Tamdan, who recently had an interview with Darrick Patrick...
Darrick: What was the road that led you to professional mixed martial arts competition?
Tamdan: I am quite a misanthrope and through a series of coincidences I met my trainer and now good friend Erik Charles. I hated the world for a while and wanted to kick everyone's ass. I kept training hard and getting my ass kicked, but eventually I became good and went on a tear winning my first ten fights along with signing with the UFC.
Darrick: Any words of advice for other individuals looking to train in MMA?
Tamdan: Just keep your head up and keep training hard. If you're doing the right things with the right people, eventually everything will fall into place.
Darrick: Who are a few of the people in the sport that you highly respect?
Tamdan: Obviously my coaches who have put up with me for forever to make me the athlete and fighter that I am today.
Darrick: Your next scheduled fight is against Dustin Hazelett on November 15th. What are your thoughts about this upcoming match?
Tamdan: He's obviously good on the ground and has been around the block a few times. It'll be an exciting fight and hopefully it'll make the broadcast.
Darrick: What personally brings you the most fulfillment out of martial arts?
Tamdan: I guess the most fulfillment I get out of martial arts is seeing those that I coach succeed and excel. When you take someone who came from nothing and mold them into a monster that then challenges you, it's a very rewarding feeling. I look forward to seeing the guys that I train and train with succeed in the next couple of years.
Darrick: Who are some of the people that greatly influenced you while growing up?
Tamdan: Everyone that hated on me, all the people that pushed me around, and my coaches and friends now that brought me back up and made me a monster.
Darrick: Outside of MMA, what are your other interests?
Tamdan: Playing video games (Zelda of course and other fantasy titles), boozin' out on the town, chasing women, throwin' a good chaw in here and there - all the usual things a 21-year-old likes, I guess. I plan on spending a lot of time doing all of those things after I gain another W with this fight.
Darrick: Tell us something about you that most people don't know.
Tamdan: If I told you, then everyone would know, right? Then there'd be no secrets. Really, I can't think of anything at the moment. Try back in a couple weeks. (Laughs)
Darrick: What is your oldest memory?
Tamdan: I remember when I was about two and first learned how to climb out of my crib. Well, I made it over the side and I fell off it and smacked the ground in the middle of the night while trying to go jump in my parent's bed.
Darrick: If you had superpowers, what would they be?
Tamdan: The ability to live a stress-free life.
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