It is the mission of ThirpopMMA to record the development of Philly’s local MMA scene. In an effort to galvanize the remarkable transition that scene has made over the last two years, we begin an irregular series of video interviews with the people who are making, have made or will make Philadelphia and its periphery the east coast hub for MMA talent.
The first installment is a bit rough due to my abhorrent video production growing pains but the subject matters in a big way. Javier Guzman is an 18 year old who has been training for a career in the sport since the age of four. We sat down for a long talk with Guzman to learn about a kid who - while still in high school - is training MMA full time and taking fights with grown men. This alone makes him a story but there is a larger justification for such an extensive interview. Guzman is an athlete who grew up dreaming of being an MMA fighter, not a baseball player or football star and whether he succeeds or not, his aspirations are the evolution of a sport that was little more then a novelty when Guzman himself was born.