A graduate of NIU with a degree in physical education, Rick Dimitrov works as a substitute teacher. Rick prefers the life of a substitute because it allows him more time to train. September 1st will be the third time Rick makes the walk to the Fight Card cage.

Q: How long have you been training/fighting?

A: “I’ve been training since December 2008, and fighting since February of 2012.”

Q: What gym(s) do you currently train at?

A: “I’ve been training at Champion Jiu Jitsu and Valle Flow Striking.”

Q: What motivates you to fight and compete?

A: “The adrenalin rush and the thrill of the fight motivates me.”

Q: Who are some of the people you look up to in mixed martial arts?

A: “My coaches, Assou Harvard and Mike Valle. Both those guys are my mentors.”

Q: If you didn’t spend time training to fight and compete, what would you be doing?

A: “If I wasn’t fighting, I would have a regular boring full-time job.”

Q: What is your favorite quote or motto?

A: “Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t?”

Q: “When was the last time you competed for Fight Card Entertainment?

A: “I’ve fought for Fight Card twice before, both times in 2013. I won both of those fights by 1st round arm bar.”

Q: What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into the fight game?

A: “My advice would be to learn jiu jitsu, because there’s way too many amateur fighters that have minimal skill and knowledge in jiu jitsu.”