Sports Exclusive interview - interviewed by Chad Frost
Korey Gibson is the current Warriors Realm
Lightweight Champion. His last time out, in late 2007,
he scored an impressive 2nd round KO win (and the belt)
over highly touted Alex Prates. His record stands at 4
fights with 4 wins. He trains out of the prolific Integrated
Martial Arts Gym (IMA) in Queensland. He is a successful
businessman, animal lover, even a bit of a greeny and
not to mention a very proud Kiwi! MMASPORTS recently caught
up with him and here’s what he had to say…
mmasports - Has your
life changed since winning the WR Lightweight Title? (Future
fight offers, overseas opportunities, stuff like that)
Korey - Nah not much at all, I’ve had a bit of a break
with injury. Over the last year or so painkillers had
become a common occurrence for me, so I had to go and
have surgery on my right shoulder.
We held out as long as possible, but it got to the point
where brushing my teeth was a problem so it became a must.
I didn’t want to be not able to brush my hair – that would
be a tragedy! hahaha. So they took 1.3cm off of my right
collarbone, removed the right AC joint and scraped out
some bone spurs and calcification – worse than a reconstruction
It’s been 5 weeks today and I’ve got another 5 months
of rehab to go!! I find rehab so boring and I’ve never
been good at it, but this time I’m treating it like a
fight and doing it properly. Dan Higgins and my IMA teammates
are very supportive. So it’s back to the inclined treadmill
for me today – it’s ok though, I always make sure I find
one next to an old lady to make myself look good! Hahaha!
mmasports - When is your next title
defence / fight, and what organisation?
Korey - That’s one for my coach Dan Higgins and manager
Tony Green to decide – I would love to fight in September,
but November is probably more realistic. Warriors realm,
CFC or the NZ Hextreme show would be awesome – I’d love
to fight in front of all the cuzzies and Aunties in NZ,
guaranteed a mean feed for me and the boys after the fight
mmasports - What action hero most
suits you, and why?
Korey - It would have to be Batman’s sidekick “Robin”
– our Integrated Martial Arts Team is second to none and
boasts fighters such as Adrian Pang, Kyle Noke, Matty
Cain, Michael Mortimer, Ryan Mortimer and Mandy Stewart
– they are great friends and awesome fighters as you know,
so to give myself any advantage possible, at training
I will try and put them off from time to time – thus wearing
my groin guard on the outside of my pants....
mmasports - What do you think about
the Australian MMA scene?
Korey - I think it’s great! Top Aussie fighters are putting
Australia as a whole on the map – and we are being recognised
thanks to them and the high standard Australia has. This
obviously comes back to the Aussie coaching staff too.
Speaking on behalf of our team, our Head Coach Danny Higgins
and our stand up coach Steve Compton are world class.
mmasports - Would you like to fight
in the US in the future?
Korey – Definitely!
mmasports - Where would you like
to train in the US?
Korey - We have a relationship with Greg Jackson’s Team
in the USA, and Dan and Kyle head over a few times each
year. But it comes down to me proving myself, racking
up more fights and improving as a fighter – once I can
do this on a consistent basis maybe someone will take
a chance with me, until then I think Adrian Pang really
deserves his shot in the US before anyone else at his
weight at this time – how many times does a fighter have
to prove himself? – He continues to do it year after year.
mmasports - Are you looking to add
a fighting nickname like stable mate "Rolling Bear"?
Korey - Hahaha – Matty’s actually changed it to “Rolling
Bare” – it’s making training really uncomfortable at the
moment when he does roll bare – but hey anything for the
mmasports - If so we can start
Korey - Once upon a time I was called the Ginger Bread
Man (I was cheeky, but no one could catch me hahaha) by
mates back home – they all remind me of the Shrek movie
now – poor Ginger Bread Man!
mmasports - Is there an MMA fighter
that you particularly admire?
Korey - Anderson Silva and GSP would be my favourite
mmasports – Why?
Korey - There all round skills are just phenomenal and
they are very humble and respectful.
mmasports - Do you have a day job?
If so what is it?
Korey -Yes thanks for asking bro! I’m the owner and Director
of Boot Camps Australia, a company a friend and I started
way back in 2004 – 4 years on and it’s still going strong.
We have franchises in QLD and NSW, head office is 600m
from my house in New Farm Brisbane, I have an awesome
group of young, fit and professional people working for
me that love to learn and that I can trust - that makes
my life a lot easier! Feel free to check us out on www.bootcampsaustralia.com
– NO CREW CUTS REQUIRED! hahaha
mmasports - Who do you think is
the best fighter to emerge from "The Ultimate Fighter"
Korey - Tough one brother - Rashad Evans or Matt Serra
mmasports -Thanks for your time
Korey - Sweet as brother anytime.