Let me introduce you to Taylor Thompson aka T-Storm/mi leyenda. That trains at BST out if Mendon, MA.
I want people to start seeing fighters for who they are. Not what people create. When I met Taylor I instantly knew she would be an amazing fighter. In or out of the cage I knew she could be the person she wanted to be.
Many people want to train but why MMA? “I always had an interest in martial arts, but never had the chance to take any lessons until I was in college. I signed up for an MMA class thinking it would be an introduction to the various traditional arts – karate, akido and such. What a happy mistake that was. I loved it. I didn’t start training for a few years after that, but that was my foot in the door.”
Through this journey we encounter people in our lives that inspire us. Who inspired you? “I was driven to start training MMA on my own as a hobby, but it was my coach, Julio Colon, that really inspired me to pursue it as a career. Between Julio, and my good friend Iggy Medina, they encouraged me to see how far this dream will take me.”
I have met so many people that just want to fight once in their life and then be done. What are your goals? “My goals are to be the best fighter that I can be. I won’t stop pushing myself until I find that limit, and then I will push even more.”
Now where does your nickname come from? “My nickname came upon me as most nicknames do – a close friend using it once and every one else starting to use it too. The nick name “T-Storm” was first used by my friend Igdalia after she described my grappling style as “very calm, then a storm broke loose when it was time”, with the T portion coming from my initials. I really enjoy the nickname, because it is similar to my dad’s childhood nickname for me – “Typhoon”. It is a perfect combination (or perfect “storm”, if you will pardon the pun) of describing my fighting style and paying tribute to my childhood nickname my dad gave me.”
Once a person fights they know if they want to continue or just stop. Many people are disappointed when fights are cancelled and lose the motivation. What do you want to get out of it? “I want to be able to look back on my career in fighting and know that I did the best that I could and have no regrets. I want to know that I didn’t hold anything back.”
Through her career she has encountered obstacles. Fights being cancelled, opponents backing out, injuries, family emergencies but through it all she maintained her focus. She continued to train and prepare for “the fight” when it was she didn’t know but she knew she would be ready. It’s not about failing it’s about conquering what ever obstacles come.
Taylor’s next fight with be for NEF in Maine on November 17, 2018.