Andy Manzolo : Never back down !!


Hello Andy, for starters, could you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi guys i am from Estonia, Tallinn i was born in USSR in 1984 Now living and training in England, Southampton. I was competing in many different martial arts. My record in MMA 15-5, Muay Thai 63-14-1. Best achievements Judo Estonian Champion. Bjj British champion. Muay Thai world champion. K-1 European champion.


When did you start with martial arts?
My first step in sport i did long long time ago in 1989. I started my fight journey from karate. In this time it was the most popular martial arts in my country plus i watched lots of movies with Jean Cloude Van Damme and i wished to be the same good like he is)))

Have you always been into martial arts, or were you interested in other sports too?
I was doing lots of different martial arts in my life ( karate, judo, boxing, thai muay thai, bjj ). MMA i started training quite late, maybe only 4 years, but anyway i was training all my life and I wanted to be the best in any martial arts what i was doing!
How old were you when you first stepped into the ring?
My first step into the ring was 12 years ago before the ring I stepped only on the tatami.

Which victory in your career you treasure the most?
Hard to say which victory was is the most important in my career. I guess in Muay Thai when i became a world champion in Spain in mma my second win on Cage Warriors gave me lots of confidence.

Many people think that martial arts are not a sport at all, but violence. What is your message to those people?
Spiritually and philosophically martial arts is peaceful. Essentially, martial arts teach us the calmness of mind, the stupidity of a street fight, and tolerance to avoid it. Essentially, the whole basic principle of martial arts is about violence, and to see the other benefits, you need to practice for some time. People see violent part, and that is what they believe.


Describe yourself in three words?
Fair, purposeful, unstoppable.

You come from Estonia. What can you tell us about the MMA scene there?
MMA is very popular in my country but unfortunately we don’t have many mma gyms. Our mma on very low level but anyway we have few good guys who compete on world level and inspire others and i hope everything changing in future.

What are your goals and wishes?
My biggest goal get to UFC and climb to the top 10 fighters in the world.

Tell us more about your last fight in FFC ?
It was a great experience to fight here on the one of the biggest show in the world and i want to get back and get my title. During and before the fight i felt very well i was really motivated to win FFC world title. I was fighting with all my heart but without any strategy and preparation. I was very confident in myself because I didn’t avoid ground fight with him even to know he is a bjj world champion. everyone saw i lost by guillotine because something went wrong but even after defeat i know i can also finish him on the ground. Fair play to him. When i will meet him again in the cage i will send him to KO with no doubt!!! Next time we will fight like real gladiators stand and bang each other but I don’t thing he has enough big balls to fight on his feet. I don’t do second time the same mistake.He is a high level competitor but nothing special he has only good ground game but it’s not enough to be best. He knows i am number one and I didn’t scare to fight him with only 3 days notice because i am great ultimate fighter
I love any fighting sport this is for real mans only when you step to the ring or cage you can see who you are!

What goes up in your mind when you’re walking into the ring –are you focused on the fight, what is the level of nervousness and adrenalin?
It’s hard to explain what is going on in my head i am feeling excited and focused on upcoming fight. When start playing music i am enjoying how adrenaline raises up in my blood i love that feeling. Life is boring without adrenaline. It’s show time and must go on.


What is your life motto?
Never back down

What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement is “to know myself and be myself”

If you look back on your career, would you change anything or decide otherwise?
I will be not changing anything in past i think everything is going very well. I just have to keep training hard and constantly and be focused on my upcoming fights. I have and had great people around me who helped me a lot to achieve what i have. I am glad to have what i have but I don’t stop here and i become one of the greatest fighter.

Where and with whom do you train?
At the moment i am training in phoenix and predators team. In Phoenix i improve my bjj skills and in Predators i am training thai boxing.

You fought in FFC; what is your opinion of that organisation?
FFC one of the best organisation in the world everything organised on the highest level. I don’t have even words to explain what atmosphere was here and what feelings fighters and people get here it was unbelievable. Everyone who love martial arts must to attend FFC show.

Do you have any fights booked for near future, and where?
I have no booked fights yet but i got requests from Germany, Latvia, Thailand and England.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope i will still keep fighting and teach people in my our gym.

What kind of a man is Andy in private?
Andy is very friendly, open and kind guy and non conflict person))) who likes to learn and discover new thing in his life)))
Which fight do you remember best?
I remember every fight in my life i have good memory))) Fighting keep me alive

What do you do in your free time?
All my free time i spend in gym ( every day non stop till u drop) or with my beautiful missis or friends))) If you want to find me you find me in the gym)))

What is your favourite food?

Your message to fans and friends?
Remember my name and remember my face. Believe in yourself and make your dreams real!

Thank you for your time and all the best in future

Milan Krušič


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