In one of the highlight fights of the night quiet natured Aggie Timothy Messer, fighting out of Brazos Valley MMA & Fitness, looks to improve his record to 4-2 vs the towering Marcell Mickens (3-1), from Ohana Academy, who will loom over him at a massive 6’2’’ in the 145 lb division. Nothing is out of reach in this fight!
Learn more about Messer and what brought him to fighting below. Don't miss the action taking place at Brazos Throwdown II, held at the Brazos County Expo on April 22. Reserve your tables and tickets here.
Why are you a fighter?
I’ve always been very competitive. I feel like I’m probably drawn to fighting because I view it as the most fundamental form of competition. All sports are about who can beat who in a given set of rules, and if you remove all the rules one by one eventually it comes down to who’s standing and who’s not at the end of the match. What makes someone a fighter? To be a fighter someone has to have the will to follow through with plans and endured during to achieve a goal. I’ve known a lot of people who say they want to fight most don’t have the spine to show up at the gym. Very few people commit to endure the years of training. And only handfuls are willing to step into the cage in front of hundreds of people to fight someone who’s singular focus is to hurt them. It takes natural gifts to rise to the elite level, but to fight all you need is the willingness to suffer and the courage to follow through on the goals you set.
What are your goals in fighting?
The first goal is always to win the next fight. I would like to chase down a title at the amateur level and eventually go pro. I doubt I’ll ever be able to make a living at fighting, but I’ll climb as high as I can and enjoy the journey.
What’s your favorite thing about fighting?
My favorite thing about fighting is the strategy game aspect of it. I view it as a chess match, except every person shows up with different set of pieces and you have to find a way to win with the pieces you brought with you.
Who has been the most inspirational person in you life and why?
My aunt has probably influenced me the most in life. She always told me from a young age to never quit when things get hard. I feel like the mentality she inspired in me has probably been my drive to push through adversity both in and out of the cage.
What did you do before fighting?
I did absolutely nothing athletic before fighting. I was in marching band, and wasn’t even good at that. Most of my time was probably spent on old video games. Fighting has shown me a side of myself I never had the chance to express before.
How did you get started in fighting?
I started learning jiu jitsu from a guy in my dorm in college. It started out as a fun pastime, but I could never get enough training so I joined an on campus club that gave me more room to grow. Eventually, I reached a plateau at the club and the coach there suggested I train with him at his gym. I’ve been there for years now.
If you could start your fighter career over, what would you do differently?
If I could make one change to my fighter career I would go back and start at a younger age. I see fighters who are only 18 years old and think of how far they will be by the time they are my age, and how many years they have before they hit their prime. While I’m not at my prime yet, I’m a lot closer than those kids and I wish I could have trained as a teenager.