ThatMMAGuy interviews the great Ryan Loco
ThatMMAGuy got the chance to sit down with a very popular face in MMA, the Ryan Loco. Other than being the girlfriend to Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Loco is also the star of “The Loco Life” which is featured on Heavy.com. In this interview, Loco talks about Loco Life, how Mayhem Miller has been “Hollywood” since he was 5 and what movies an aspiring MMA writer should watch before attempting to write. Check out the awesomeness below.
Ryan Justason: How did you get involved in MMA?
Ryan Loco: I’ve always been a fan of MMA ever since I was a little kid. I remember renting it. I think UFC 2, maybe UFC 1. I rented it with Russel Long. That’s right, the Russel Long when I was in elementaryschool. My buddy Evan Shoman was pencil drawing all the MMA fighters so what would happen was he would have to go deliver the drawings to the guys and he didn’t want to drive alone so he always asked me to tag along. So yeah you know, I don’t mind being the road dog and I loved to tag along and meet all these guys. I eventually became friends with a lot of them and started my love affair with Mayhem Miller. We just started making stupid videos and messing around and the rest is history.
RJ: Like Mayhem, you left Triumph United. What’s the story behind that?
Ryan Loco: Yeah you know, I left Triumph United in June. I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Triumph. I learned so much stuff being there and I met tones of great people. I just started to branch off and do my own thing and focus on myself. I just don’t think I could dedicate the time necessary towards Triumph. So rather than taking up space and collecting the paycheck that I didn’t really feel it was worth, I decided to do my own stuff. I have no problem with them and I wish them the best.
RJ: Many fans are accusing Mayhem Miller of being “Hollywood” since he became the host of MTV’s Bully Beatdown. Is that accurate?
Ryan Loco: I think Mayhem has been “Hollywood” ever since he was 5 years old and I mean that in the nicest, most flattering way possible. As far as going “Hollywood” in offence in regarding his fans, I think he’s one of the nicest in MMA. Always approachable, always accessible. I think if you go up to him, you will get a full experience. Your not just getting a little photo taken and that’s it. Your getting a hi-five, your getting jokes and your getting a good time. So I think a lot of people are getting this thing for Mayhem just because he’s out there and having fun. He’s doing what he loves to do and a lot of people get mad at that. Maybe it’s a form of jealousy. I don’t know for anyone else but he’s doing big things. I’ve always known that this is what he should be doing so I’m proud of him. I want him to take full advantage of the opportunities that come his way because he deserves it. That man was on Myspace grinding it when noone else was. He fully understand the marketing aspect. Props to him.
RJ: Why did you say that Brock Lesnar was the greatest thing to happen in MMA?
Ryan Loco: I being a little kid at heart, have always been a pro-wrestling fan. I still am. I really enjoy the villain aspect of having someone to root against. I think that having a “bad guy” in this sport is a good thing. It gives fans someone to cheer against so now what happens is instead of having 2 guys in the ring that everybody likes, you have a guy like Brock Lesnarwho automatically everybody hates. So now you have a bunch of new fans tuning in. No necessarily because they want the other guy to win but because they want to see Brock Lesnar lose so badly. In this sport, it’s good to have personality. It’s good to have a villain and someone to boo.
RJ: Rumor has it that you quit drinking. Is this true and why?
Ryan Loco: I did stop drinking. I think my last big hoo-rah was in July for the UFC Fan Expo. It was a whirlwind weekend where I just went bananas. Now it’s been nice to go to a bar and remember everything. I think that when I’m representing a company and I’m going to events so I want to put my best foot forward. I don’t want to be that slobbering drunk guy who is screaming and yelling like I probably was in 2009. I don’t want to have to talk to Dana White and company like that.
RJ: Do you train MMA and have you ever considered fighting in the ring or cage?
Ryan Loco: I do train. Absolutely. I love it to death. As far as stepping into an octagon or anything like that, that would never happen because my mom would cry and I have what many consider a “money maker.” I have this beautiful face that was given to me by my parents and the grace of God. I really can’t do anything to jeopardize it. It’s like Yo Yo Ma who can’t do anything to damage his hands because that would ruin his craft. You know, they insure Jennifer Lopez’s legs and everything like that so it’s just like this face. This beautiful ensemble of nose, eyes, mouth, cheeks and beard is just too beautiful. It would be like smashing the Mona Lisa.
RJ: For future and current MMA writers, can you give any advice on how to be the next Ryan Loco?
Ryan Loco: (Laughs) Watch the movies Airborne and War Games or you will never be successful at writing MMA. In regards to myself, I have always said that I officially have no idea what I do but I just know that nobody does it better. My thing for everyone who is out there trying to make it, there is a thing where you just can’t stop and just can’t quit. Never let negativity get you down. I heard it all the time with people saying “get a real job” and “this is never going to work out.” Then again these are all people who didn’t care enought to hit my links and tell me how much I suck. I get a certain joy out of people telling me my stuff is bad because they continue to check it everyday so at the end of the day, who really wins? For people who are trying to make a name for themselves, you have to be able to take rejection and move forward to make it. Just brush off that negative energy and continue to move forward.
RJ: What can we expect from future Loco Lifes?
Ryan Loco: You never know what’s going to happen. I kind of fly by the seed of my pants which are designer pants by the way because I have them all made in Italy, no big deal. Air shipped everyweek. I can never predict what’s going to happen. I’ve done some crazy things and I try to film all of it. There has been some crazy things that hasn’t been filmed unfortunately but traveling to the WEC, the UFC, photoshoots and heading out to Vegas. It’s just going to be off the hook so stay tuned. It’s going to be featured on Heavy.com and so hopefully it starts to blow up. Even if it doesn’t blow up, I’m going to still do em because my grandmother loves to watch them.