Don Doyle Jr
He Started his mixed martial arts journey when he was 12. His mother signed his up at thier local Tae Kwon Do dojang and instantly he has a passion for it. He did not however win very many competitions at that time, he has always fell short. It humbled him to the point where he didn't know if he wanted to compete anymore. Ultimately he stayed the course and when he was 15 he walked into Fitness Fight Factory for the first time, and met all of his coaches.
That's when a new chapter in his life began, He Started working jujitsu with Brandon Quick, Johnny Bedford, and Evan Cutts, which he instantly took a liking to. As he advanced, he started tapping most of the blue belts and was awarded his blue belt after 7 months of training. He was wining as many jujitsu and kickboxing fights as he could. At this time he was 16 and about to turn 17 so his coaches knew that he would get his first mma fight pretty soon.
So they started working with him in a more mma style of training, such as never going to your back, always wrestle up to strike, and using hands to set up takedowns. Then when he turned 17 he was promoted to purple, which he was very surprised about getting so soon. A few weeks after his belt promotion he was given the opportunity to make his mma debuts and It ended up being a very successful fight.
He will fight again in a few weeks and he can't wait to get back in the cage. He truly feel that he have all the tools, and training needed to be a MMA world champion, with hard work, dedication, and faith in God.
Q&A Session Between Don Doyle Jr and Elite Sports
Question: What inspires you about BJJ? MMA?
Answer: What inspires me about BJJ and MMA or just fighting in general is the character development and how you are always constantly being humbled by other people who are better then you.
Question: Who inspires you, past or present? Why do they inspire you?
Answer: Muhhamed Ali, Dominick Cruz, Connor McGregor, and my dad. What inspires me about them is that they always had a vision for what they wanted to do with their lives and they were so confident that they told everyone no matter how crazy it sounded to other people.
Question: What are your goals for this year? Next 3 years? Next 5 years?
Answer: I'M 17 right now and just made my ameatur mma debute and won by 1st round tko. For this year I would like to get as many fights as possible in my ameatur career and get as much experience as I can. Then in 3 years I will hopefully be a proffessinal mixed martial artist and possibly in the UFC. But the Ultimate goal is the UFC world title that's what every fighter dreams about and strives to achieve.
Question: How long have you been training?
Answer: I've been training at Fitness fight factory for about a year and a half now. I did 2 years of Tae Kwon Do when I was 12 and I'm starting high school wrestling when school starts. But jujitsu I've been training for a year and a half and got my purple relatively quick.
Question: How often do you train?
Answer: I try my best to train everyday, but unfortunately sometimes school gets in the way.
Question: Any major accomplishments you’ve been able to achieve in that time?
Answer: Yes I'm
- 4-0 As an ameatur muay Thai fighter with 2 TKOs against adults
- Purple belt under Brandon Quick
- 1-0 as an ameatur mma fighter
- And I've also won many jujitsu tournament such as:
Question: Do you have a go-to finishing move?
Answer: Oh yes body shots all day long, but I also really enjoy headkicks I've kod a few people with them so how could I not like them.
Question: What do you think it takes to be a champion in your sports?
Answer: It takes so much to be a champion in MMA. It's in my opinion the most demanding sport in the world, it constantly demands your time and all of your effort or else you just won't be successful. But in order for you to be a champion you need to have a sickening work ethic, you need to be someone who never gives up, you need to be a good loser and learn to grow from your losses. But one of the most important aspects of a champion is humility, from what I've seen in my experiences is so many fighters have lost to their pride even while going against lesser fighters. So Humility is so important, if you want to be world champion.
Question: What sort of gear do you usually keep in your gym bag before hitting the gym? Do you have different items for specific days?
Answer: I just bring the basics, boxing gloves, mma gloves, shin pads, gum shield, cup, my Elite GI, my purple belt, head gear, (for hard sparring days during camp) rash guard, fight shorts, and wrestling shoes.