Watch him fight and it’s clear why the call Ryse Brink “Showtyme.” Win or lose, the fast-rising Michigan pro prospect entertains every fight. On Oct. 13 at Lights Out 1 in Grand Rapids, he’s looking to put on another show — and improve to 6-2 — when he returns to the cage. Before that, he spoke with FightBookMMA.
How’d you become known as “Showtyme”?
My fiancé’s little brother gave me that nickname before my first fight, actually. It was very fitting (laughs), because I sell $15,000 to $20,000 worth of tickets, I’m always looking to go in there and fight, and I either win by a finish or lose by a finish. I leave it all in there, so the nickname really stuck. I just bring the show. That’s what people say — I bring the show with me everywhere I go (laughs).
Do you feel pressure to live up to your nickname?
It’s funny you say that, because I had to get out of the mindset that I had to knock everybody out. As an amateur, I had more KOs than anything. I was 5-0 at one time with four KOs, and I didn’t even think about jiu-jitsu. I fought a wrestler, got pinned for three rounds and ended up losing. Previously, I thought that people would be less interested in seeing me fight if I wasn’t knocking people out all the time. I had to get out of that mindset because you can’t knock everybody out. Some guys will just not go out (laughs). I used to feel a lot of pressure to put on a show and make things spectacular, but not so much anymore. People love to see me fight, whether it’s standing up or on the ground, and I love that.
What’s the most likely outcome for your fight next weekend?
That’s another good question. Blass is tough — he’s as tough as they come. He’s a guy who I don’t think has been knocked out. But, that said, I think I’ll finish him, it’s just a matter of when. I think my jiu-jitsu and wrestling is far better than his. I’ve been doing nothing but working on my wrestling the last two months. I think I’m going to submit him within two rounds.
Where would you like to be one year from today?
One year from today? There are levels to this, and I wouldn’t say no to fighting anyone, especially in Michigan. Obviously if the UFC called, I’d fight whoever they’ve got for me. But one year from today, I’d love to be on that Bellator stage, personally. I’m very good at marketing and have had a lot of success getting sponsors on board with my athletic career. I’d be honored to represent them and the state of Michigan in the Bellator cage!