JJ Ambrose is 18-4 as a professional MMA fighter and currently signed to Bellator Fighting Championships, training and living in Asia out of Phuket Top Team in Thailand.
JJ is a lightweight contender in Bellator after having dominated the talent in PXC and regional shows around Asia. With a lifestyle focused on training, family and fighting…. the man known as ‘Superman’ to his fans and peers, is looking to make a large impact and refuses to be denied his spot at the top.
Before we jump into our interview make sure to check out a highlight of JJ “Superman” Ambrose so you know who exactly we are dealing with….
Fight Sport Asia took some time to ask JJ Ambrose some questions:
You are currently 18-4 and fighting out of Bellator Fighting Championships. How do you feel about your future with Bellator and the next 12 months of your fight career?
The next 12 months is going to be huge, ive just been told that I’ll be fighting in mid january as they break into the California market. I havent fought in my home state in so long I forgot what it feels like.
Its time to show who I am, I feel like ive been fighting at half my potential in previous fights, time to start knocking people out.
How long have you been training out of Thailand?
I’ve been living and training in Phuket for two years.
you have moved out to Thailand with your wife and baby girl. What attracted you to being based out of Asia, and specifically Phuket in Thailand?
I was getting sick of the frantic pace of America, everything is go go go, then only to sit in traffic an hour each way to the gym. I was losing so many hours of my life sitting in a car just to train or go to Dinner.I couldn’t handle it anymore. I had come out to Phuket for a month, fell in love with the island/asian lifestyle, the hard training, the simple life.
I wouldn’t have it any other way.
How is your training at Phuket Top Team, who do you work with and how do you rate the standard compared to bigger and very established gyms like your previous home of AKA in the united states?
The training is REALLY good over here, Ive been working with some top level Thai’s (like Nonsai) and a really good padman in Richy Green, who is able to articulate the technique as well as implement it as he is still actively fighting. For wrestling I have the Leone Brothers, they are smaller than me so im learning the little mans version of wrestling, really fast and explosive.
For jiu jitsu I have third degree black belt Olavo Abreu whos whole philosophy on BJJ as well as life has rubbed off on me, very cool guy to be around.
We hear you like to keep active and fight whenever, whoever and under many different rules. Why is this and what have you been up to recently?
Honestly I dont understand the politics of todays fighting world. Guys are so worried about money and fame, the flash and glitz, its all garbage. That takes us away from the reason why we fight in the first place.
If this wasnt a job id do it for free, I love fighting, regardless of what the rules are, Muay thai or mma or thumb wrestling, I want to do it all and fight as much as I can if I am physically able.
I just fought in a local event called CAGED RAGE, basically muay thai rules but in a cage. It was fun, im not so great at the traditional style, the guy i fought really tested my spirit, I ended up getting a ko in the fourth round at the cost of hobbling around for the last week. Well worth it.
Any sponsors, people or thanks you would like to give?
I’d like to thank Forty Thieves for clothing me and keeping me warm at night. Tracy Hess’ Sub-Fighter MMA for getting me started. Thanks to my wife and kid for being there for me even if I dont deserve it. All the guys i train with at PTT and the people that support me even with my terrible sense of humor. UP UP and AWAY!