Rafael "Big Boom" Nepaulsingh certainly deserves his moniker. Everyone knows when he enters the room and the cage. At 170 lbs, this Brazos Valley MMA fighter is entering the cage for his second fight. At his debut, Nepaulsingh put on such a show stopping performance that the crowd has no idea he had been dealing with abdominal pain in the days leading up to the fight. After winning by decision, Nepaulsingh was rushed to the hospital where it was discovered that he had a bowel obstruction and required surgery.
Nepaulsingh is all healed up and ready to face his opponent, Alexander Aguilar, at the Brazos Throwdown IV on April 21st. Read below to learn how this firefighter-turned-MMA fighter plans to earn another win in the cage.
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How did you get started and what made you decide to be an MMA Fighter?
I started out wanting to compete in MMA for my own personal journey, but now it has turned into something else. I have an academy (BVMMA) to represent. There are people who believe in me that I want to prove right so we can laugh at the people who want to do us wrong.
What makes someone a fighter?
Anyone who gets up after getting a heavy blow from the world is a fighter in my opinion. No gloves necessary. It could be from financial struggles, loss of loved ones, disease, heartbreak, betrayals, roadblocks towards personal goals, etc.. The world is unforgiving. Anyone that takes a hit in life and refuses to remain a victim of hardships is a fighter.
How would you describe your fight style?
HAHA! Yea about that…..Emotional is the first word I would use. I am an energetic person. It always comes out when I train/fight. It’s an effective and entertaining performance when I let loose and I enjoy every second of it.
My fight family knows exactly how I’m feeling when I’m training. Professor Bush is always scolding me because if I was less excited about everything, I’d have more energy to fight with. But I catch him laughing at me too when he thinks I’m not looking (just don’t tell him I said that!!!).
What is my favorite submission/strike to use in a fight?
The one my opponent does not see coming.
What is your favorite thing about fighting?
I love how fighting forces me to cut out all the unnecessary/negative things in my life. I’ve come to understand that I am pretty empathetic to my environment. I need to be at my best on fight night, so my support system throughout training has to be legitimate. If I allow it, people can intentionally or unintentionally distract me with negative situations, doubts, disappointments, ANYTHING! Things become unapologetically very black and white with me when I fight. I constantly ask myself: is this more important than preparing to stop a man who wants to take my health from me? I love how the fight life forces that type of cleansing.
If you could start your fight career over, what would you do differently?
Absolutely nothing! I am loving life right now.
How do I feel about my upcoming fight?
Excited! My colon and kidneys won’t be dying from rhabdomyolysis while I’m fighting in the cage this time haha! (That was not fun). I can’t wait to give everyone a performance at 100%.
What holes do you see in your opponents game?
I’m not fighting for my opponent. I’ve just been focused on perfecting my game.
How do you think the fight will end?
With the crowd chanting BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!!!!
What are your goals for MMA?
Same as always! The world will know the Nepaulsingh name and the house I represent in Brazos Valley MMA. Feeding off of all the positive energy I’m getting on this journey and giving it back 10x over. I want all this hard work to mean something, create a positive influence in the world, get people to win their own glorious fights in life. AND GET MY MOM THAT MILLION DOLLARS!!!
If you could have one dream fight with any MMA fighter, who would it be and why?
Dominic Cruz! I would love to see how I would handle his style of fighting.
What do you like to do outside of MMA?
I really enjoy being firefighter/EMT. I have been off of the engine for 8 months since my move from South Carolina, but I’ll be excited to answer the call for College Station Fire Department when my number comes up! I can’t wait to get back on the Engine, and to start training/responding with a new group of people in the fire service. I am RIDICULOUSLY happy the way things are falling into place for me with my two passions in life.
What is your life motto?
Who has been the most inspirational person in your life and why?
The list is too long. I have people that I see almost every day like Professor Bush, Anthony Veimau, and Evan Kotzur, that inspire me to wake up early and put in the necessary work to be successful with this lifestyle. I’m always pushing a little harder knowing that the entire Mills’ family are constantly watching my day to day progress. I’m always thinking about my big brother Allen Lawyer in Beaufort, South Carolina who first introduced me to a champion-like work ethic in MMA. MY AMAZING PARENTS. Anyone, and everyone who doubts my resolve to live life on my terms as a martial artist and future College Station Fire Fighter. They all give me ample amount of motivation to get up in the morning and embrace the glorious struggle.
What is something people should know about you?
People should know that I don’t think my life is a game, I just make it look fun. I enjoy my life a lot more when I unapologetically put 100% into the things I find important. I’m incredibly happy with what I’ve achieved thus far, and I’m even more excited for what is to come. I’m thankful for the sponsors I’ve had since Day 1, and I am stoked to earn more support as I continue on this journey.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
ABSOLUTELY! I’ve already mentioned a few inspirational people earlier that have my endless gratitude. I would love to take this opportunity to thank EVERYONE who showed up at the hospital after my debut at the Brazos Throwdown 3. I am incredibly grateful for the rare opportunity I had seeing who really fights for me when I’m down, out, and in danger. I’m thankful for everyone who reached out, but there are a few people I need to highlight.
Tradd and Cindy Mills not only rushed me to the hospital after the fight, but they stayed with me and contacted all the necessary people to fight for the necessary surgery to happen sooner than later. Without them, I could’ve died, or still be in the hospital. I don’t have the right words to express how blessed I am to have them in my life. Family like this is priceless.
Along with showing up at the hospital, Professor Bubba and Chloe Bush saved me from the financial burdens when it came to medical bills behind the scenes. Their continuous support is something I cherish. I am overwhelmingly proud to call him my sensei and represent BVMMA as a coach and a fighter. Congratulations, you’re stuck with me! MUAHAHAHA!!
Thank you to my first and steadfast sponsor Dr. Meagan Svec and the crew from Aggieland Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Kim Gallego and her amazing yoga studio (the Yoga District). All the amazing friends I made at Tiger Muay Thai. I also want to thank Jayson Pelosi for all his help and support.
And last, but definitely not least, my family in Thailand, Kru Boy and Joy. I can’t wait to see you both again. I think of you everyday and keep the Buddha close to my heart as promised!