Check out the tenth fighter to be profiled on The Fighters Hub “Fighter Profiles”:
Name: Thor Kilgore
Nickname: None yet (figured Thor was cool enough haha)
Country of Origin: United States
Gym: Kilgore Kiin
Weight Class: Featherweight (145 pounds)
Promotions Fought For: Southeast Qualifier (Poppy Colon Production)
How did your MMA journey commence?
I wrestled in highschool and after graduation I decided to start learning some boxing. Then, BJJ fell into place. I started reaching out to other gyms and coaches to learn anything I could. Eventually, I was asked by a coach of mine if I would like the opportunity to compete. Of course, I quickly jumped on the opportunity to give myself a chance and see how I measured up to other matrial artists.
What is it about MMA that attracts you to the sport?
I LOVE COMPETITION. I played a ton of sports in highschool and although football was my first passion, I loved the one on one style if competition in wrestling. There’s no more gratifying feeling than going one on one with another opponent and winning, being able to say that on this day, I was the better man.
Who was your favourite fighter growing up?
I’m a GSP fan through and through!! I just loved the way he would dominate opponents and leave them mentally broken due to not being able to execute their own game plans. Other favorites include Uriah Faber, Carlos Condit, Brock Lesnar, Carlos Newton, Robby Lawler, Randy Couture, and good ol’ Matt Hughes!!
What sort of a fighter would you say you are?
My standup had come a long way in short period of time, but I still seem to have a natural learning tendency for wrestling and BJJ. I would love to be able to put down Mixed Martial Artist as my style, but I think, to be honest, I’d an out ‘n’ out Grappler.
What has been your most memorable moment in MMA thus far?
Getting my first win in my very first fight!! It was an experience that I’ll never forget!! I may even get a commemorative tattoo for the occasion. Haha
You have an affiliation with Redemption Martial Arts – why did you choose to support this great cause?
Anyone single person or organization that has their mind set towards building up and helping the martial arts community has my support, 100%. Without these people, MMA would still be in its “dark ages”.
For potential promotions or sponsors out there – what separates you from the rest of the fighters in the sport?
My work ethic. I’m the type of athlete to train two and three times a day on the regular basis. I’ve done as much as not take a rest day for over two weeks at a time. I realize that to be a truly well rounded fighter, you have to work the standup, ground, and strength and conditioning aspects to be a true contender. I’m willing to spend every minute of the day in order to improve and become the best I can be. I always strive for perfection, although I’ll never reach it. Knowing this keeps me hungry to improve and learn, therefore making me better than I was yesterday..
Your dream fight – who would it be?
To watch–GSP and Anderson Silva.
To fight–although at this point in time he’d clean my clock, it’d be Uriah Faber. I feel I’d learn so much just being around the guy (or getting hit in the face by him haha).
What would you say is your penultimate goal in MMA?
I don’t really want to be considered a fighter, in the end. MMA is a lifestyle. I want, at the end of it all, to be considered a champion and a true warrior. The warriors path is what guides me through everyday. To be considered this, years down the road, would allow me to retire with a smile on my face.