NMMF: Andrew, this is your first time fighting for Tachi Palace, a well respected promotion in the area, how do you feel about being at this level?
AV: Tachi palace is the place to be for the 125ers I’m glad I finally got my foot in the door. Level-wise I feel like I’m ready to shake up this 125 division. Hopefully I can make this my new home.
NMMF: Tell us about your background and a little bit about your training and gym.
AV:My background: I’m a 100% Cung Le fighter Sanshou fighter, I love to stand-and-bang. Training has been good; we have a strong tough team at Cung Le ADA and we had a few fighters fighting the same month as me, so we all help each other out.
NMMF:Martin Sandoval is a very game competitor, how do you see this playing out?
AV:Martin Sandoval is a good wrestler. His stand-up isn’t as good as mine; once we trade and feels it he will start shooting in but I’m ready to stuff the takedowns. If he stands-and-bangs I dont see him making it past the first round.
NMMF:What was the defining moment that convinced you that MMA was your path?
AV: Defining moment I always wanted to be an mma fighter: when I was young I told Cung Le that’s what I wanted to do. He said once I turn 18 he will get me in the cage. MMA is taking over and I love the sport.
NMMF:Thank you for your time, Andrew. Do you have anyone you’d like to thank?
AV: I would like to thank my mom, Bertha Kimrey. Without her I wouldn’t be a fighter. Also Cung Le and my corner Sal Gallardo, Javier Gonzales, and Jane Estioko. I can’t forget Sponsors: Knoxx, En Tu Cara, GFY, R&R Refuse Routine. I give a shou-out to Cung Le and thank you for the interview
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