Rakim Thorpe is a 24-year-old retail manager who comes to Atlanta
from Freehold, New Jersey. Thorpe is currently 2-0 in his amateur MMA career with previous wins coming out of National Fighting Championship (NFC), an Atlanta-area MMA promotion.
Thorpe, an up-and-coming MMA fighter in the Atlanta area, shares the main-event slot at Corporate Fight Night 12 with his 48-year-old opponent, Vee Johnson. Check back later this week for more on Johnson.
CFN 12 takes place on October 21st at the Georgia Aquarium.
AtlantaFights.com had the honor of asking Thorpe a few questions before his headline bout later this week.
|AtlantaFights.com: What do you do for a living?|
|Thorpe: I’m currently a Manager in the retail industry, but I have a degree in Sports/Entertainment/Event Management. I hope to someday get the opportunity to utilize my skills in the Sports Industry.|
|AtlantaFights.com: Why did you decide to jump into the ring?|
|Thorpe: After school it was hard for me to find work so to stay busy I worked part time, and decided to try my luck at MMA at a local gym in Gwinnett. I was hesitant to go back after the first class because I was so out of shape, but I kept going. And here I am right now. Headlining as the Main Event for Atlanta Corporate Fight Night 12.|
|AtlantaFights.com: What sort of experience in the ring do you have? Have you had other fights?|
|Thorpe: I’ve only been in this sport for about a year and a half now, but I have two fights under my belt. I’m currently 2-0 in the NFC (National Fighting Championship).|
|AtlantaFights.com: What do your fellow co-workers think of what you’re doing?|
|Thorpe: They love it, and they are very supportive. Whenever it’s time for me cut out bad eating habits, my employees are always bringing me healthy snacks. And trust me, cutting weight on the job is not easy as one can get irritable when your on a extremely strict diet.|
|AtlantaFights.com: What does your family think about you jumping into the ring?|
|Thorpe: My mother loves it. My grandmother despises it. [chuckles] She thinks that it’s too dangerous, and she doesn’t want me to get hurt. Everyone else in my family is pretty stoked about it too. They are proud of me, and it feels good.|
|AtlantaFights.com: What do you consider your fighting style?|
|Thorpe: Everyone I’ve come in contact with in the sport has labeled me a wrestler, but my boxing and Muay Thai is coming a long very nicely. Like I said, I’ve only been training for a year and a half. I’m neither a counter puncher nor the aggressor, I feel that I just have “the eye.” There is a time and a place for everything in this sport, and it only takes a split second for a fighter to slip up and lose a fight. I trust my instincts and training to get me through my bouts.|
|AtlantaFights.com: Do you have multiple trainers or do you have just one person that’s helping you out?|
|Thorpe: I train with X3 Sports in Atlanta, we have multiple trainers at each of the locations. Our team training sessions are held by Tony Tucci & Gabriel Kitober.|
|AtlantaFights.com: What do you make of your Vee Johnson?|
|Thorpe: I know he’s a brown belt in Jiu Jitsu, but I’m not worried because I’m confident in my wrestling as well as my take down defense. My stand up is just another element that he will have to deal with. Much respect to him, but this is a fight at the end of the day. I am here to take it to him.|
|AtlantaFights.com: Are you going to have a strategy for Johnson?|
|Thorpe: Of course I do, but strategies change. The great ones have to be able to adjust on the fly. I don’t want to give anything away but I will have to execute come fight night if I want to move to 3-0.|
|AtlantaFights.com: What should fans expect out of you on October 21st?|
|Thorpe: Well, I go into every fight expecting a war so fans should too. I’ll be in attendance in warrior spirit, I’ll see you at the fights!|
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Check out the latest CFN 12 fight card here.