Andrew "THE RAMM" Ramm (My Friend)
I remember the first time I met Andrew. We were just getting ready to train when this tall guy came in and asked if he could take a class. Everyone knows that Costa Mesa has an open door policy, so as per usual we said "hell yeah!!". After laying waste to the entire school, and 2.5 years later he is still with us. We are extremely lucky to have such a quality person on our team.
Courageous does not quite sum up everything about Andrew, but it is a good place to start. One night while in training, I received a call from a match maker for Bellator MMA asking is Andrew could take a fight on about 36 hours notice. The kicker was that he would have to fight at a catch weight of 160 to make the fight work. After telling the promoter yes, I walked in the gym and asked Andrew if he wanted to take the fight. Of course he said yes, and immediatly drove to Fresno and cut the weight in the car. A quick side note, he got a speeding ticket on the way up, so this fight probably ended up costing him money. LOL.
Andrew definitely has his own style and his own idea about how a fight should be fought. For one he loves to block punches with his face, we disagree on this tactic for sure. We have been working together for nearly 3 years and we finally have him defending his chest, I think in the next 3 years I can get him to defend his nose. I guess only time will tell.
One thing that is refreshing about Andrew is that he is a professional and I've never had to motivate him to train, cut weight or get his cardio on point. Andrew will never miss weight and is always ready to fight.
We have had many great times together, when I decided to move to Las Vegas and open a gym, Eddie Bravo told me to take Andrew with me. This was the obvious choice to me as well. It's funny because that's what I was thinking all along anyway.
Winning is an important thing to a fighter, it validates all the hard work and sacrifice. We all know the money is not good so the only thing left to fight for is self and team. Andrew is a perfect example of this.
Sometimes you win and sometimes you learn. You can't win them all, as long as you try and leave it all in the cage you can never really lose, the experience will only make you better.
Heart is something that can't be taught. Andrew and I have a recurring discussion about countering the mount, between the two of us we know about 50 real mount escapes. Sometimes the only thing you have left is the fact that the man on top of you can not want it more than you. Sometimes you need to say "no to the mount". "fuck it and get out". It's that simple. Below you can see in Andrews face that this is exactly what he is thinking.
As a coach winning and losing is not that important. Of course I want all my guys to win, but can an undefeated fighter truly know everything that he is made of. I will always be proud of Andrew, win or lose he is my friend and I am the lucky one.