Married to wife Celia, has 3 children: Kiersten, Matthew, and Nicholas. Phill The Pain Waggoner grew up in Washington, Indiana with many struggles that included a rough childhood, street fighting, and countless barroom brawls. It looked promising that a young Phillip would have a career as a wrestler after going undefeated in JR. High with a record of 33-0 including a pin in a record 6 seconds. Shortly thereafter things took a different path towards drugs, alcohol, and street life. Despite the setbacks along the way he always came back.
At the age of 41 he stepped in as an amateur mixed martial artist suffering a hard 1st loss in Burlington, Iowa, but persevered and came roaring back with a current record in kickboxing of 1-0-1 and MMA 6-3 with most recent on Sept 29th in Sullivan, Indiana a loss by decision in a three round war that was awarded fight of the night. There are more bouts in the works and some surprises to come from this rising star who proves that age is only a number!
MMA = 6 wins / 3 losses
Kickboxing = 1 win/ 1 draw
Q&A Session Between Phill Waggoner and Elite Sports
Question: What will you suggest to the newcomers?
Answer: Never stop as long as your able, find your drive that no one else has.
Question: What does it mean for you to be a fighter?
Answer: It means everything to know that I’ve pushed my body to the limit and beyond and I go out there giving it my everything.
Question: What are the essential things for the training?
Answer: Discipline #1. Training every day. Dieting right.
Question: What separates you from every other fighter in your division?
Answer: My age and the drive I possess.
Question: What is the meaning of success in your mind??
Answer: Knowing that you’ve given everything it takes to win.
Question: With whom you would like to fight, and why?
Answer: Rematch with my last opponent. I lost by decision, felt if I’d had more hands-on practice the outcome would have been different
Question: Is there any difference b/w your common days’ diet and during competition training diet?
Answer: I always try to maintain a healthy, strict, low sugar, low carb diet all the time. I will, however, cheat with some good steaks during non-training periods.
Question: How does a beginner will prepare for the competition? Any advice for beginners?
Answer: Take that first step and get in the gym, begin cardio, and put your body in motion.
Question: How is it helpful to have information about your competitor?
Answer: I’m not one that will dwell on an opponent but you should know what style he is and know what you are up against. No matter how good a wrestler he may be it only takes that one mistake to win.
Question: Is the martial arts necessary for a common person? How?
Answer: I believe martial arts can benefit all people and at all ages.
Question: How do martial arts help to build a leader??
Answer: Martial Arts helps to demonstrate discipline, self-control, and have balance in your life.
Question: What would be your dream fight?
Answer: To be a pro champion in MMA.
Question:Do you have any advice for your competitors?
Answer: I respect every opponent and always will. We train hard to battle and walk away with respect.
Question:How much importance has the sports gear in any competition?
Answer: Next to fighter, gear is everything! Comfort, fit, feel, and quality. This is why I choose Elite, I couldn’t be happier with their gear and highly recommend it.