TRUE GRIT: A TIM MOORE BLOG 30 Apr 2019

Australia’s favourite gunslinger, Tim “Quickdraw” Moore returns for one more showdown, claiming he will ride off into the sunset no matter the result on Saturday May 25th at Eternal MMA 45 at Southport Sharks in Queensland.

Tim Moore (12 - 7) burst onto the Australian MMA scene back in April 2011 with an impressive 10 second KO win at bantamweight, on Gold Coast based Fightworld Cup, then last fought on ACB 76 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in December 2017 on his 19th professional fight.

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You made your MMA debut back in 2011, did you think that more than 8 years later you would still be training, preparing and cutting weight to fight?

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Before training martial arts I was finding myself get caught up in altercations every other weekend, to the point where I got myself in a lot of trouble which resulted in me getting into a lot of trouble. I had good friends that had been training BJJ at PUMMA that thought it might help to keep me out of trouble. Once I started training I spent any spare moment I had in the gym. I harassed my coach Vinnie for a good year to let me fight before he eventually gave in and threw me in there. After that first one I knew martial arts was going to be a part of my life forever, I’m just lucky 8 years in and the body is still holding up.

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You have spent the majority of your career at flyweight, its one of the least populated divisions in Australia and the gym where you train, PUMMA, seems to have more active flyweights than the rest of Australia combined. How difficult has it been to stay active ?

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We call ourselves the fellowship at pumma, our biggest fighter is Tom Nolan who is a featherweight. It’s awesome having that many great guys that are at such a high level to train with every day. I think because of the culture at the gym we’ve never had any dramas amongst the team, we see it as an us vs everyone else, we’ve always just had each other’s backs and supported each other no matter what. I don’t think I really had too many issues getting matched because people would see my record and think I’m beatable, I think they forget the majority of my losses are in a weight division above my natural fight weight.

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What is your favourite memory you have collected during your time in MMA. You have spent your full career at PUMMA and have had some very colourful training partners and team mates, what moment stands out as “all time”.

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There’s so many favourite memories, there’s a few good stories from our trips up north to Mackey one involving random locals in sailor moon costumes and another where our plane got delayed 24hrs and we almost didn’t make it home. There was also one opponent that tried fighting me in the car park on the way into the venue one show. My favourite fight would have to be against Grego Penaloza, we both have very similar styles and just went at it for 15 minutes. It was back in the Coolangatta Hotel day where there’s a low ceiling and a packed house, you can feel the crowd so close and it was just a crazy fight full of scrambles and transitions.

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By the time you walk into the cage on Eternal MMA 45 you will have had nearly 18 months between fights. In this down time you have had your first child, achieved your bjj brown belt and developed your own MMA kids program with team mate Tom Taylor. Has your outlook on MMA canged at all in this time? are you still as hungry to compete as you once were?

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Having my daughter and taking the year off to spend the time with my family has been the best thing that happened to me as a martial artist, I feel it’s given me a chance to fall back in love with the sport. In a way I’m more hungry to compete than ever, I find myself picking up new things much quicker and actually understanding things that I had been struggling with in the past. I found myself in the last few fights just going through the motions during the camps and fights. Now when I’m getting home from training, instead of just watching tv I’m studying and practicing a technique from class. I’ve been very lucky to have a business partner like Tom, we’re really starting to grow into our roles as coaches with our kids program Bright Child.

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You have said online that this is your “Farewell fight”, have you made that decision? Or will a win and a vintage performance re ignite the competitor in you?

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At this stage it’s one and done. I’ve had a pretty good career where I’ve held pretty much any title that I was able to fight for and defend at any given opportunity. I never had the dream of getting to the UFC I really just loved to complete and fight. I really feel Stephens style is going to bring the best performance out of me and if and I get the bug to go again we’ll see what happens after that. May 25th.

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What can we expect from Quickdraw?

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My hair to be blowing in the wind when I get my hand raised.

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