Caleb "The Bull" Trumbull
Team: The Training Compound
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Nicknamed "The Bull", Caleb Trumbull is a rising star in the mixed martial arts community. The Michigan native currently trains out of The Training Compound, run by Julio and Kristie Ramirez. The welterweight fighter currently holds an amateur record of 4-2 and is turning pro in November. He is currently preparing for his upcoming fight at Valor Fights 15, on August 16, 2014, from the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The fights will be on pay-per-view and can be streamed online. FightMatch.com spoke to Trumbull as he discussed his upcoming goals, training with UFC Lightweight Champion, Anthony Pettis, and more.
Q: When did you join FightMatch.com?
A: I started working with them about 3 or 4 months ago. FightMatch has helped me out a lot with all their support. I've had a great working experience with them and they're definitely helping me throughout my MMA career.
Q: How did you get your nickname?
A: My last name is Trumbull so I thought it kind of fit. (chuckles) That was the only reason I picked that nickname, for that sole purpose.
Q: How did you get into fighting?
A: I really had no background in fighting but always loved watching MMA and was always interested. I played college football but that didn't pan out. I always wanted to do something so I found a gym, The Training Compound, just to see how it goes and it stuck with me ever since.
Q: What are some of your goals in this sport?
A: I'd definitely like to become pro. I'm scheduled to make my pro debut in November for Total Warrior Combat in Michigan, but I don't know who I fight yet. It has bred a few UFC fighters. To fight in the UFC would be a dream come true. My ultimate goal is to fight in either the UFC, Bellator, or World Series of Fighting. I'd like to be remembered in the MMA world because this sport isn't one where you can do it for a long time.
Q: Which fighter do you look up to?
A: Jon Jones for the simple fact that he's a Christian. Also, if one of his opponent is stronger than him, he wants to beat them in their own game. He's looking to dominate.
Q: If you could train with any fighter, who would it be?
A: I'd like to train with Jon Jones or Anthony Pettis. I get that opportunity next weekend with Anthony because our gym is the first gym affiliated with Duke Roufus. We're going over to his gym to train for camp. It would be nice to train with top level fighters and see where you're at.
Q: How often do you train? What is your schedule like?
A: I train 6 days a week. Wednesdays and Saturdays are a little lighter which is an hour and a half to two hours. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays I train from either 5:30-9:00 or 9:30 non-stop.
Q: What is the hardest part about being a fighter?
A: It would definitely be cutting weight. It's not hard but it's just a grueling process. I just started cutting weight for fight camp and the first week and last of cutting weight is the worst.
Q: What do you like most about this sport?
A: Honestly, I don't think of this sport as what a lot of people think. They think of it as brutal. I'm a competitor and like to compete. I think this is the purest form of competition because it's just you and another person in the cage.
Q: Do you prepare for each fight the same way?
A: No, it really depends on who I'm fighting. My coach and I will see what our opponents are about. Depending on what we see will determine which kind of workouts we do. We basically decide when we get our opponent; we base it off each individual.
Q: How has this sport changed you?
A: This sport changed me a lot. It taught me a lot of valuable lessons, I guess you could say, about respect and honor. It made me a respectable person because it's a very humbling sport. You can come into a fight thinking you're 'all this' and then get tapped out by someone who's 50 lbs lighter. Anything can happen in this sport. Anything can happen at any given moment.
Q: If you could change something about amateur MMA, what would it be?
A: There should definitely be some consequences to dropping a fight last minute or not showing up for no reason. It has happened to me quite a bit. I have a fight scheduled and my opponent does research on me then doesn't show up. It's frustrating.
Q: Is your family supportive of you fighting?
A: Oh yeah, my dad is really supportive. He use to compete a lot, not in MMA, but in tae kwon do. He's all for it. My mom supports me too, but you know how it is. She hates seeing someone else punch her son in the face.
Q: What is your favorite music to pump you up before fights?
A: I don't have a specific song but I usually go on Facebook or Twitter to ask for suggestions. There is typically a certain genre, though. I can usually do rap, a slower rap, or hip hop, but I'm not much of a rock fan.
Q: Do you have any siblings?
A: Yes. I have a younger brother living in Texas with my dad. He's 11 years old. He's been interested in MMA ever since his big brother got into it, and is excited for his wrestling team.
Q: Outside of fighting, what are some of your hobbies?
A: School takes up a lot of time. I'm studying psychology. Basically right now it's school and if I have free time, I like to spend time with my family.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A: (laughs) Right now, it's not my favorite food but carbs. I would love to get it in my system because I can't eat it right now. I have a sweet tooth. If I'm not on a diet, it's chocolate. I'm a chocolate lover. As of now, on the diet, it would have to be grilled chicken.
Q: Do you watch any other sports?
A: Yeah, I'm a big football and basketball fan. I love watching boxing and kickboxing. Nothing compares to MMA, though. My favorite football and basketball teams are all Michigan teams. I like the Detroit Lions and Detroit Pistons.
Q: Where can your fans follow you?
A: Twitter: @calebtrumbull
Facebook: Caleb "The Bull" Trumbull
Q: Is there anyone you would like to thank?
A: Yes, you and FightMatch for your support, Revolutus FightWear, Andrew Vecere.