I am from a small town called Alexandria in Kentucky about 10 minutes south of Cincinnati. I am the son of Mark and Barb Stiers and Boyfriend to Hailee Hundemer. Ever since I was a young boy I loved combat, from watching Dragonball Z to watching the early days of the UFC with my father, I couldn’t get enough. I was always trying to play fight with him or trying to get my friends to wrestle until I got to high school where I would start my journey. I wrestled for a few years along side with playing football and once I graduated from Bishop Brossart High School there was an empty feeling in me due to lack of competition. That’s actually when I found Jiu Jitsu, a good friend of mine Sam Perkins got me started. We still train together to this day Under Aaron Thomas at Carlson Gracie NKY, and I am forever grateful that he showed me this amazing sport and way of life.
Q&A Session Between Max Stiers and Elite Sports
Question:: What will you suggest to the newcomers?
Answer: Don’t be afraid to walk in the door of your local gym, everybody there is probably nice.
Question: What does it mean to be a fighter?
Answer:It means everything, for real. This is my life.
Question What are essential things for training?
Answer:You need to have the right mind set, a good team, and the right gear.
Question: What seperate you form every other fighter in your division?
Answer:I am able to take adversity and use it in my favor. The tough times only push me harder and farther than I could ever go without adversity.
Question: What is the meaninhg of success in your mind?
Answer:Not letting my girlfriend down, not letting my parents down, not letting my coach down, not letting my team down, not letting my friends down and not letting my city down. That’s success.
Question: With whom you would like to fight?
Answer:In Jiu Jitsu it would have to be Garry Tonon, because I think he’s the best in no gi. MMA I would have to say Max Holloway because there’s only room for one Max lol.
Question: Is there any difference b/w your common days diet and during compe trining diet?
Answer:For sure, Usually after a competition I take about a week or two to eat whatever I want but during camp it’s strictly meat, veggies, and water, no bread.
Question: Is martial art necessary for a common person?
Answer: 100% It teaches self-discipline, hard work, and really brings people back to earth.
Question: How does a beginner will prepare for the competition? Any advice for beginners?
Answer:Go in to the competition confident, work what you know how to do, and don’t wait.
Question: What should we learn from the legends /or from the seniors? Who is your inspiration?
Answer:If you put in the work you will get good. My inspiration is Carlson Gracie Sr. we share the same birthday August 13 and I fight for his name everyday. He really is a true pioneer.
Question: How is it helpful to have the information about your competitor?
Answer: You kind of know what to expect and what to train in camp. However, to much info of film could psych you out so keep it to a happy medium.
Question: How Martial arts helps to build leaders?
Answer: They teach you to never give up and to always keep moving forward no matter what is in your way which is big in life on and off the mat.
Question: Who is your favorite legendary fighter? Why?
Answer:It’s either gotta be Royce Gracie or George St. Pierre. Royce helped put Jiu Jitsu on the map and I will try to model my MMA game after George.
Question: How much importance has the sports gear in any competition?
Answer: I've gotten preventable injuries from wearing not quality gear. You need to have a complete set of gear that is quality. That’s why I chose Elite sports.