Nathan Coy is with good company. The All-American wrestler from Oregon State University turned pro last year and is a member of Team Quest, home to many fi ghters including Matt Lindland, former Pride champion Dan Henderson, and IFL champions Ryan Schultz and Matt Horwich.
“I kind of came into this sport not knowing anything about it,” said Coy. “I admire the guys I train with. I never really watched or followed MMA when I was wrestling. I came from wrestling and got right into this.
“I was done with wrestling and still had the urge in my soul to continue to compete. I enjoy the day-to-day workouts and staying in shape. The desire to compete was in me; to strive for the ultimate goal that was above me and that’s what got me into the fi ght game.”
Coy has been training with Team Quest for a little more than a year now. The renowned camp prides itself in turning athletes with a pedigree in wrestling into great fi ghters and Coy has been a great addition.
“It’s awesome,” commented the Portland, Oregon resident. “There are so many styles of competitors there; it keeps you on your toes. We’re a tough live combat gym; we go after it every day and it keeps you focused on the task at hand. Ultimately it makes you be a better fi ghter because you learn to adapt quickly.
“Matt Lindland is a stud. I respect him a great deal; he was a silver medalist in the Olympics. He brings a certain tenacity that you can’t fi nd anywhere. There’s no quit in him; he’s very tough. It’s contagious. The atmosphere we need in the room is what he has,” added Coy.
So what sets him apart from other fi ghters? “Heart,” replied Coy. “I think I have more heart than anybody.”
He displayed just that when he recently claimed the Sportfi ght welterweight championship with a unanimous decision victory over former teammate and training partner Mike Pierce. Coy weathered the storm early after a solid right hand from Pierce put him on the canvas. The Team Quest fi ghter persevered and came back to win a very exciting and competitive fi ght.
“It’s great,” exclaimed Coy. “Hard work pays off and I’m looking forward to the next phase of training; learning more stuff and adapting that to my game to make me a better all-around fi ghter.”
With only fi ve professional fi ghts under his belt, the newly crowned champion continues to train and improve all aspects of his game. Nathan Coy has proven to be one of the best welterweight prospects today and his stock is quickly rising.
“My combat style is maul-and-brawl. I want my opponents to know that this isn’t going to be a fun match for them. I come at it with a tenacious attitude. (In fi ve years) I’d like to be UFC champion. I’d like to be on top of MMA and fi ghting all challengers.”
World Extreme Cagefi ghting has become a hotbed for lower weight class fi ghters in the U.S. over the last few years. Fighters such as Urijah Faber, Miguel Torres, Manny Tapia and Chase Beebe have made their way out from behind the shadows and into the spotlight.
Another fi ghter ready to make a name for himself is Will Ribeiro. The Nova Uniao-trained fi ghter shocked many fans when he defeated former WEC 135-pound champion Chase Beebe in his U.S. debut.
“I feel really happy,” expressed Ribeiro. “Beating the former WEC champion was really good for my career and my life. I want to make it all the way to the top. For the win, I just want to thank God and my team Minotauro Team, Boxe Thai and Andre Pederneiras’ Nova Uniao, where I did most of my training for the fi ght.”
Ribeiro began his martial arts career studying Tae Kwon Do and later focused on Muay Thai and boxing. He was part of the Brazilian national boxing team and trained with the Nogueira (UFC champ Antonio Rodrigo and brother Antonio Rogerio) at Minotauro Team.
“I put on a good fi ght. After much thought, I don’t think I made any mistakes during the fi ght. I had chances to knock him out in the fi rst round, but unfortunately it didn’t happen because he’s a fi rst-rate fi ghter, too.
“I had a lot of trouble making weight; this was the fi rst time I fought at this weight,” revealed the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt. “I think in the future, though, I’ll be better adapted to this weight class. I should fi ght even better once I’m used to the weight.”
Defeating Beebe was a huge victory for Will Ribeiro and it has opened the doors to many opportunities for the Brazilian fi ghter. His striking prowess is undeniable and he defi nitely caught the eye of many fans with last performance. The future is bright for Ribeiro and he will have many challenges in the WEC’s bustling 135-pound division.
“My goal is to get the belt. I will fi ght anyone to get there. The way I see it, if I beat the last champion in the fi rst fi ght, I should fi ght the current champion in my next,” he said. “I’d like to thank the WEC for giving me this opportunity. I guarantee they’ll like my performances in the WEC.”
LC Davis left a full-time job to pursue his dream. The Kansas City resident wanted to take his career to the next level and made the decision to move to Bettendorf, Iowa, home to Miletich Fighting Systems.
“I doubted myself and doubted if it was something that I wanted to do,” revealed Davis. “All of my family and friends believed in me and told me that ‘if you want something, go get it’. They all talked me into going after my dream so I did it.”
Miletich Fighting Systems has been responsible for producing many champions and future hall-of-famers including names such as Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia, and Jens Pulver. When Pat Miletich predicts one of his fi ghters to be ‘next best thing’, that means something.
“It’s tough. The intensity of the sparring and grappling sessions is like no other,” commented the former assistant wrestling coach at Pratt Community College. “I’ve been to a couple of other gyms and I have yet to see a place that spars as hard as we do. The one big attribute of Miletich is the guys are tough. We bang; we fi ght everyday.”
For those who have never seen LC fi ght, he describes himself as “an aggressive, exciting fi ghter. I try to be well-rounded and I think that I’m pretty athletic and explosive.”
Davis’ hard work and training almost came to fruition when he faced IFL featherweight champion Wagnney Fabiano late last year. Unfortunately, his title shot was cut short when Davis succumbed to an armbar by the crafty Brazilian. The setback was a learning experience for LC who suffered the fi rst professional loss of his career.
“I went into that fi ght a little unprepared. My ground skills on my back were not up to par. I made a couple of rookie mistakes,” explained Davis. “I think Wagnney is defi nitely a top ten guy at 145. I wasn’t my best that night and I think would have a better performance if I get another chance to fi ght him.
“I’m always going to be an aggressive fi ghter. I just think with a guy like that I should have been more patient. I learned from it and I’m glad it happened. It’s made me a better fi ghter,” said a humbled Davis.
Since his defeat to Wagnney Fabiano, he rebounded with an impressive knockout victory over Rafael Dias. The Miletich fi ghter continues to train and awaits the many challenges that lie ahead. “Look out for LC Davis. My best fi ghts are still to come.”