Q and A With Professional Muay Thai Fighter Cris “The Golden Leg” Mims
What’s good fight fans? Today i had the chance to catch up with Lion Fight’s own Cris “The Golden Leg” Mims. Cris was last seen at Lion Fight 38 and chalking up a win against a game opponent. He will be returning to the Lion Fight ring February 3, 2018 looking to get another check mark in the win column. Let’s have a seat and get to know a little more about The Golden leg ahead of his bout.
Nick: What does it mean to you to be a fighter?
Cris: A fighter to me is someone who does not give up, someone who continues pushing thru their hardest moments. I have two little girls and other loved ones I want to set that exact example for. Encourage them to fight for anything they want to accomplish or for what they love. I just happen to love Muay Thai.
Nick: At what age did you begin training in martial arts? Muay thai?
Cris: I began in martial arts at the age of 27 and muay thai at 28.
Nick: What is your best attribute as a fighter?
Cris: My mental capacity, the ability to believe in what I’m doing and the work I’m putting in and not questioning what i “should” be doing.
Nick: How long have you been training out of Roufus Sport?
Cris: I have been with them for 3 years.
Nick: Your nickname is the golden leg. Who gave you that name and why?
Cris: One of Duke Rufous’ favorite fighters out of Thailand’s name is the Golden Leg and Duke talks about him in his classes. My coach Matt “The Mitt Man” Halfacre noticed my kicks getting better and my shin conditioning was outrageous so he just started calling me the golden leg and it stuck.
Nick: Lion Fight 38 you were brought in to face one of the biggest prospects on the east coast in Brian Bogue. With both of you making your pro debut and you being the underdog what does a huge win like that mean to you to start your pro career?
Cris: I had no idea I was the underdog going into the fight, I believed I was going to come out on top and it wasn’t until after my victory that I was informed of what I had actually accomplished.
Nick: Shortly after your Lion Fight 38 win you signed with Prime Elite Management. With a huge win in your career what made you settle on Prime as your management team.
Cris: I never gave much thought to a management team until I talked to Sean Rockwell and Sean Manna. It was an opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up after learning what a great supportive team Prime Elite Management is.
Nick: Lion Fight 40 which takes place on February 3, 2018. You will face another tough opponent in the always dangerous P.J. Sweda. Did you make any adjustments during the training camp for this specific fight?
Cris: We didn’t really make any adjustments we just changed our focus more towards conditioning and power for this camp.
Nick: With the muay thai community being very close have you ever trained with or sparred with your current opponent?
Cris: There are not many Muay Thai fighters in the South so it’s hard to come by sparring partners that train strictly Muay Thai. Most of my sparring opponents are MMA fighters or boxers.
Nick: Obviously you plan on winning the fight and without stirring the pot to much do you have a prediction for your fight?
Cris: Under 3 minutes first round KO is what I’m seeing.
Nick: Should you emerge with a victory at Lion Fight 40 what do you have planned next?
Cris: I’m planning to move up the ranks of Muay Thai in the United States.
Nick: With muay thai being a very strong base and the fact that you have participated in mixed martial arts is there a possibility of a transition into MMA at some point?
Cris: Yes, I definitely see MMA in my future.
Cris would like to thank all of his friends, family, and sponsors for their continued support. He plans t6o go out and perform as always.
I would like to thank my sponsor Primal Gym for everything they have done. I would also like to add a special thanks to Wayne at Top team Sports and Entertainment Inc.
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