GURILLA BATTALION has caught up with one of our favorite GURILLA athletes, ‘BabyJoe' Taimanglo, after he shocked the world at Bellator 159 by defeating Darrion Caldwell by submission. With the win, Baby Joe is now the No. 1 contender for the Bellator bantamweight title and is currently ranked No. 9 in the world. The GURILLA team is excited to be working with him as he recovers from his most recent bout and prepares for his title match against Eduardo Dantas. Our team had a chance to sit down and talk to him about how GURILLA rollers helped him to be successful in his last bout. Let’s hear what he had to say!
Q: First, off Joe, congrats on the big win. How does it feel to go out there and represent Guam and your family?
A: “It’s one of the greatest feelings to go out there and put Guam on the map. To have my family there and show them what I’ve become, from a little kid to now, it’s just a blessing. I’m so happy to put Guam out there and show the world that our people have what it takes to be on this level.”
Q: Working with MMA fighters is a pretty unique experience for our recovery team. What are some key factors that you would stress for preparation and recovery?
A: “Preparation and recovery is incredibly important in MMA. I believe you're doing it all wrong If you do not take care of your body from start to finish. MMA is a sport where you can seriously get injured or permanently hurt so you have to take care of your body throughout every step of your journey.”
Q: As a professional MMA fighter, you obviously have a highly developed pre-fight routine. How did team GURILLA help you in your preparation for your most recent fight?
A: “Team Gurilla helped me before training with dynamic stretching and a light roll out. After training we would cool down with some dynamic and static stretching and then finish up with a full on deep roll out to help flush out the lactic acid and work on knots so that I could recover more quickly from my workouts.”
Q: In your professional opinion, how would you rate GURILLA rollers?
A: “The GURILLA rollers are very effective before my workouts to help loosen up my muscles and after my workouts to help me in speeding up my recovery.”
Q: What do you like most about GURILLA rollers?
A: “GURILLA rollers are super durable, as they are able to meet the high level demands that my team and I place on them, and I like that GURILLA has different products to target specific areas on my body.”
Q: What is some advice that you would give other MMA fighters?
A: “Preparation and recovery are important parts of training that many athletes overlook. Every serious athlete, MMA or any other sport, needs a GURILLA roller.”
Q: Would you recommend GURILLA products to anyone else?
A: “I would recommend Gurilla rollers to not just athletes but everyone who is trying to live an active and healthy lifestyle in general.”
Q: Submission or Knockout?
A: “I am good with both. I go in to every competition in MMA trying to either win by submission or knock out! Never want to leave it in the judges’ hands!”
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us BabyJoe. We are stoked to help you prepare for your next fight and help you bring the belt home to Guam!