Feb. 18, 2015 – CombatReel spoke with John Nofer of team Rami Elite, who this Friday looks to avenge an earlier loss to “Ridiculous”Jason Andrada, as both men are set to faceoff at Lion Fight 20 in what has the potential to be the fight of the night. John gives us a glimpse into his journey as a fighter, and discusses his training and time in Thailand.
If I had to describe your style, I would describe it as controlled aggression.
CombatReel: John, how are you?
John Nofer: I’m good, thank you.
CombatReel: John you’re going to be fighting at Lion Fight 20 this upcoming Friday.
John Nofer : I can’t wait.
CombatReel: You’re facing Jason Andrada, who is a pretty well-known fighter in the Lion promotion. You are probably not as well known nationally. For fans that are not familiar with you, how would you describe yourself as a fighter?
John Nofer: I like to, since I started fighting – I guess when I was 15 or 16 – what really brought me into Muay Thai was Muay Thai itself, the traditional Thai way [of fighting], the style, the calmness, the relaxation to it, but then also in a split second you’re fierce, and you have the power, and that speed that comes out of nowhere.
I like to have a very relaxed style, but then know how to turn it on immediately. So in my fights, I really like to come out calm. I like to use my eyes to see my opponent. [I] start out a little slowly maybe those first two rounds, but I usually in those first two rounds get a pretty good sense of how the fight is going to go, and where each round is taking me. So by the third round I usually, like in traditional Thai style, start to pick it up with my kicks. [I] set more things up, using my eyes for the first two rounds then looking to explode. So I’m a calm fighter, but I know how to explode.
CombatReel: If I had to describe your style I would describe it as controlled aggression.
John Nofer: Yeah, that’s a good word.
CombatReel: You’ve faced Jason Andrada before as an amateur, right?
John Nofer: Yes, I’ve faced Andrada before, when I was 17. That fight, it’s one of those fights that if I could pinpoint a fight where I could look back and say I wasn’t mentally prepared going into the ring that night, it would definitely be that one. I wasn’t training properly. You know, it was my senior year of High School, and I wasn’t taking this fighting thing as seriously as I should have.
That being said, I thought, back then, I was training hard. Now that I’m a little bit more mature, and now that I know how to train, I look back and I’m like wow, I really wasn’t training right for that fight at all. And it showed in the ring.
The first couple of rounds were good. You know, he was setting up combinations. And I was coming back with hard kicks, but then towards the third, the fourth, and the final round you could tell I was just kind of dying out, and he was taking over. He didn’t dominate me or hit me with anything that made me stumble or anything like that. It just really came down to he did what he was supposed to do before getting into the ring that night, and I didn’t.