Nathan “Vanilla Gorilla” Reddy – Fighter Profile and Q and A
Nathan “Vanilla Gorilla” Reddy
Weight Class: 205lbs Light Heavyweight
Fighting out of: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Organisations represented: Australian Regional, Gladiators, Brace, Amateur Cage Fighting, UFN, Superfight MMA, Wollongong Wars
Affiliation: Gracie Jiu Jitsu Smeaton Grange, XXX Fight Academy
Record: 6-1 Professional, 6-0 Amateur
Titles: Current UFN Champion and current Wollongong Wars Champion.
Nathan “Vanilla Gorilla” Reddy is ranked the #3 Light Heavyweight in Australia and New Zealand (Tapology).
A 6-1 Professional with the only blemish a loss to UFC bound Jimmy Crute.
Battle tested at amateur level with a record of 6-0, this brings his Mixed Martial Arts record to a very imposing 12-1.
Reddy is an excitement machine with 9 of those wins coming via way of stoppage.
On a 4-fight win streak the XXX Fight Academy owner will look to keep his name up in lights and moving toward the top echelon of the Light Heavyweight division.
A late starter to MMA, his fight style and no-nonsense approach leaves the door open for anything to happen in the future. At Hex Fight Series 16 Parminder Singh stands in his way.
Today we got to learn more about another Australian MMA fighter!
Wayne: Nathan, firstly thanks so much for your time! The “Vanilla Gorilla” nickname, I am so hoping that there is a cool story behind it. Who came up with that?
Nathan: No, worries. The name came about after beating a few guys in the amateurs that literally were the size of gorillas! A few mates started calling me “Vanilla Gorilla” and once the training partners heard it, it was full steam ahead.
Wayne: Let’s get know you a little better. Other than MMA what are your hobbies?
Nathan: It’s very hard to have hobbies when you’re the owner of a gym. I would say the wife and kids, then my wife would say the PlayStation! Hahaha.
Wayne: Yeah, I hear you. My wife says my phone and nickportellamma.com are my hobby, lol.
Wayne: At 34, what still surprises you about MMA?
Nathan: Well starting MMA at 29 and watching how much the sport has evolved in the last 5 years is surprising! But what I really find surprising is turning up to training every day and realizing there is so much that I don’t know about the always evolving sport!
Wayne: Nathan. What keeps the desire burning? What keeps you wanting to be an MMA fighter?
Nathan: I’m very competitive so I am always driving myself to train harder, smarter and to win! But, that drive is followed and helped by family, friends, and teammates. They are the one’s that help keep the fire burning.
Wayne: Is there anything that you dislike/hate about being a prize fighter?
Nathan: I wouldn’t call it a hate, but the weight classes are a bit of a downer for me, as I sit pretty much at fight weight, I don’t carry enough fat to drop down to 84 kilos and I find it hard to pack beef on with all the training.
Wayne: In one word describe that feeling walking to the cage about to battle?
Nathan: “REDDY” ha-ha!
Wayne: Well played!
Wayne: For a fatty like me, what does a week of fight camp look like?
Nathan: Fight Camp:
Monday: AM: Boxing, PM: strength and conditioning, row.
Tuesday: AM: MMA, PM: Wrestling, 7km run.
Wednesday: (off) Rehab/ Physiotherapy etc.
Thursday: AM: MMA, PM: sparring, 7km run.
Friday: AM: Boxing, strength and conditioning, row.
Saturday: AM: Run/Sparring, PM: Needling.
Wayne: Do you have a favourite fighter, does anyone inspire you?
Nathan: I use to love sitting down watching the old countdowns when they followed a fighter in fight camp and they sit and talk to the coaches and they explain why and how they are training, specifically Georges St Pierre. The way he breaks the game down was always amazing.
Wayne: Let’s say Dana White calls you and says “Mate, last minute, two-day notice, you get a UFC debut, but, it’s against Jon Jones”, Do you take it? How does that go?
Nathan: I’d say, thanks Dana, I’m already on weight! I’m not expected to win so then I would bite down on that mouthguard and put on a show, so they call me back!
Wayne: Ok, now we know a little more about the “Vanilla Gorilla” ….. I watched some of your fights and what we like to do at nickportella.com is select a fighter the local guys most remind us of. In your case, a prime Shogun Rua, just the way you carry your hands and also the blitz attacks in your arsenal.
Nathan: Ha-ha, thanks for putting “Prime” first! I love Shogun, but I feel his stance is similar but more of a brawler style.
Wayne: Do you model your game on anyone?
Nathan: I try not to model my game on anyone. I try to keep versatile, so I can exploit someone’s weak spots when I fight them. My style can also go old school, just bite down on the mouthguard!
Wayne: You have one loss on your record to UFC bound Jimmy Crute. I always say you don’t lose you learn? What did you learn from that fight?
Nathan: I definitely learnt a lot! Turning up to fight mentally ready and also since then my wrestling and submission game is so much stronger! 2 of my 4 wins since then have been via submission.
Wayne: OK Nathan, my quickfire 5 questions!
Wayne: Jon Jones or DC?
Nathan: DC – work ethic.
Wayne: Conor or Khabib?
Wayne: Cris Cyborg, Marry or fight her?
Nathan: Marry, then we fight.
Wayne: LOL – I like that answer!
Wayne: KO or Submission win?
Wayne: AFL or NRL?
Wayne: What do you know about your opponent at Hex Fight Series 16?
Nathan: My opponent hasn’t had too many MMA fights, but he has had plenty of boxing fights and is a southpaw.
Wayne: Prediction time mate, how do you take this fight out?
Nathan: 4th minute, 1st round head kick.
Wayne: Ok, nice.
Wayne: Who has helped you, coach wise, let’s give them a shout out?
Nathan: Zein Saliba, Anthony Sgro (XXX Academy). Anthony Redward (Grange HP Boxing), Alex Prates (Smeaton Grange Gracie)
And of course all the boys that help me kill life at those three places!
Wayne: Who are the sponsors that help you along the way?
Nathan: Bridgestone Campbelltown, Celebrity Ink Tattoo, Aus Tiling, Macarthur United Real Estate, Christian Paul Watches, EPN Meals and Kyrofix. Thanks so much for your support!
What a great interview, thanks Nathan “Vanilla Gorilla” Reddy!
Myself, Nickportellamma.com and MMA Freaks all wish Nathan the best for his up and coming fight and the future.