A few words with Lufkin,Texas Mixed Martial Artist Kevin McGee, Bound PREMIERE FIGHT SERIES, July 28th in Fort Worth,Texas. Check out his website for more info: ” www.loudhousecrossfit.com ”
sPidA: You’re coming in with a 2-2 record– are you hungry for a win come July 28th?
McGee : I am very hungry for a win! I see this as my rebirth into the sport.
sPidA: Being a CrossFit instructor, is it hard to stay motivated,or do others help you stay focused?
McGee: I have a lot of people encouraging me to work hard and perform my best, but my strongest motivators are my children. I want to be a hero to them—not as a winning, big-name fighter, necessarily, but as a man who works hard to achieve his goals and doesn’t back down from a challenge.
sPidA: Alex Russ was your last opponent– he is ranked a top the Texas elite. Are you taking the loss and moving on or expecting a re-match in the future?
McGee: I consider Alex to be a friend. He is a good guy and I want the best for him. That being said, no fighter wants a loss to go un-avenged and I certainly wouldn’t turn down the opportunity!
sPidA: Having a teammate training for the same card, how does it feel knowing someone else will be battling along side with you on the same card?
McGee: It’s great. I actually have two teammates on the card: Jay Flores and Marshall Gorham. We’re all coming to fight! Getting there and being there together simply makes us stronger in every aspect.
sPidA: For someone who has never been to Lufkin, what best describes the town and its people? Is MMA big there or still growing?
McGee: MMA is blowing up all over the world.I don’t think there is a town in America that doesn’t have fans.Lufkin is the same way—from crazy drunken rednecks that think they can whoop Chael Sonnen to the hard working 8 year olds in the boxing program at the Boys And Girls Club who dream of getting to that level. Lufkin is a tightly knit country town and there is a lot of support here.
sPidA: Dana White had talked retirement within the next 6 years, if given his job, what would you change, if anything, in the organization (UFC)?
McGee: That’s a tough question! Being a business owner, myself, I know there is a LOT to it. I can’t imagine running an organization of that magnitude! He has obviously built a successful model and I can’t say that I would change much without knowing more intimate details of the operation. It is the pinnacle of our sport, competing in the UFC, and I don’t really see that changing in the near future, with or without Dana White.
sPidA: Another MMA giant will be closing its doors soon (STRIKEFORCE). Good or Bad? Your thoughts?
McGee: I am a fan of all MMA. When any big-name organization closes, it has its pros and cons… But I see most of the Strikeforce fighters continuing on in other organizations. That’s really what matters, right—the fighters, themselves.
sPidA: How many times a day do you fit training into your schedule?
McGee: I train very hard, and then I rest very hard—usually something like three days on, one day off.The three days on are full out, high intensity sessions with, generally, a strength workout, a very intense metcon, and skill work.The rest day is meant to be full of active recovery—foam rolling, low intensity single modal workouts, yoga, ice baths, etc.
sPidA: I have seen your photos on Facebook– is Ice bathing as bad as people say it is? How often would you say people try it?
McGee: Haha – Ice baths suck!! Period but they are the single most effective recovery tool I have ever found. Most of the time people experimenting with ice baths don’t do them properly. I would suggest that anyone wishing to try them do plenty of research, beforehand, and have a few friends with them when the time comes to jump in. We have a 100 gallon watering trough at LoudHouse CrossFit that we use exclusively for ice baths. You fill it with about 60 gallons of water, or so, and about 100 pounds of ice, then you jump in, submerging completely up to your neck, and stay in 12-15 minutes. I try to take in some calories while I’m in the water. Trust me… it is an experience you won’t forget!
sPidA: Thank you much– I will be there come July 28th, Anything you would like to add to this interview?
McGee: Hey, man – it’s my pleasure! All I want to add is a thank you to my coaches and teammates, especially Eddie Pepper, Shannon Porter, Jason and Amanda Skinner, Marshall Gorham, Jay Flores, and James Hubbard. I also want to thank my beautiful girlfriend, Elsie, for all her help and support. She is a light in the dark. Thanks, also, to my Church and to my family—their wisdom and guidance has done more for me than I can express.
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