Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Interview with Dr. Mark Romano

On Tuesday, May 5th 2009, I conducted an interview with Dr. Mark Romano over the phone in an effort to gain some insight into what drives him and what he hopes to see happen with MMA in Tupelo, Mississippi over the next few years.

If you know Dr. Romano, you know he isn’t one to boast. I intentionally framed these questions to be a little difficult in hopes that we would all get to know him a little better. I would like to thank Doc tonight, the evening of May 5th as I write this, for his time. I have come to realize that he has precious few moments to spare and truly appreciate his taking time to share a few thoughts with us.

There is one question that remains unanswered; however, I promise to post an answer as soon as he gets back with me on it.

Ken Dulaney, questioning Dr. Mark Romano:

What is your goal as a trainer? “To help people reach their goals and highest levels of human performance.”

What is the most rewarding part of your efforts? “Seeing people develop the confidence and success that comes from a lifestyle dedicated to excellence.”

Where do you want TBJJ to be in 5 years? “I want to see TBJJ become a place where all people come to achieve their goals and a place where fighters come from all around the country to train and improve their skills.”

Who had the most influence on your life as a youth? “ Joe Donofrio, a Chiropractor and my friends and family. As an adult, I have to say Chris Gates is the first of many names that come to mind.”

If you could pick any person in the world to be your mentor, who would that be and why? “Oh, that is a tough question. Let me give that some thought because there are so many people out there that are doing a lot of good. Let me get back to you on that… LOL.”

What upcoming event are you most excited about?
The fight promotions at our gym and any fight with our fighters in them.

What is your favorite fight of all time? “ The fight between Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard. I was disappointed with the outcome but pretty much any fight with Hagler in it.”

What is your favorite training routine? “Anything that involves Ross training.”

What would you say was Chris’s strongest suit? “His relentless pursuit of excellence for himself and people he trains. His innovative ideas and willingness to step outside the box make him stand out among his peers. Also Chris has an unmatched fighters instinct.”

Who is “the” rising star in your mind in MMA nationally? “I really like Kenny Florian. George St. Pierre and Anderson Silva are really making great strides right now.”

Who is “the” rising star in your mind in MMA locally?
“Watch people from Tupelo BJJ and you will see a variety of stacked talent. I can’t really name just one because there are so many.”

If you had the ability to speak to every person in America and had their undivided attention for 3 minutes, what would you say to them?

“You may have 10 houses, 15 cars but I guarantee you only have 1 body. Anything you can do to make it stronger is an investment.”


  1. Thank you Ken for the GREAT interveiw. All you guys have been great and I am looking frward to working with you in the future my friend. I will get back with you on the final answer.

  2. Good interview, Doc. However,I am surprised & disapointed that Chambo Slice wasn't the obvious choice as your mentor.



  4. Thanks Scott. Good to see you and Robin!

  5. Ok guys, it's time for me to come clean. My mentor has been and always will be Jeff Chambers, aka Chambo Slice as he is known in the fight game.As a kid, growing up in the streets of Boston, people can be very discouraging. Many times I was told "Mark your good, but you are no Chambo Slice, and you never will be. In fact you will never meet him, he would never have you." Well, looks who is laughing now my friends. Thanks to Chambo......

  6. Legend has it that Chambo Slice once took out 3 Sleestak without the help of Chaka....


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