Khama Worthy has had a very up and down professional mixed martial arts career. He currently stands at 7-4, but he has lost his last two fights by KO/TKO following a six-fight win streak. Worthy will be looking to bounce back from his last two losses on Sept. 26, 2015, at King of the Cage – Hands of Steal against Chris Coggins. Worthy recently discussed about his up and down career so far.

“I lost my first pro fight,” Worthy told The MMA Corner. “I won my second, but lost my third by TKO to Paul Felder. That was kind of a rough point. I decided to take things more seriously. I decide to drop down to 145 [pounds]. I went two years and won six fights in a row with four knockouts. I have lost my last two fights tough. You know, really, it is just part of fighting. I like to fight though. Some people just want to win, but I just like to fight. I like to win, but I understand you can lose. If you think you can’t come back from a loss then you are in the wrong sport. You are in the wrong period because you can fail at anything in life at some point. Everyone loses at some point. That is just how the cookie crumbles.”

That is just how the cookie crumbles in the sport. Losses do happen in the sport and a lot of fighters handle them differently. Worthy handles them better than most and his attitude towards fighting is up their with the best. Worthy talked about how he keeps his positive mindset even through the losses.

“I am not going to lie, man, it is hard,” said Worthy “You have to understand who you are. I know I was put on this planet to do what I am doing right now. If you start to let people define who you are then you can fall into being what people want you to be. I am a big philosopher. Everything happens for a reason. You may not be able to see it right now, but you will one day. Look at Robbie Lawler. Nate Diaz knocked him out and now he is the world champion. Dillashaw getting knocked out at TUF, but now he is a world champion. If you accept defeat as your final moment then okay, defeat is your final moment. This sport is not for people who do not know how to lose.

Worthy has the mindset of a champion dealing with wins and losses, but he also has a great mindset on why he is a professional mixed martial artist. Worthy talked about why he became a fighter

“A lot of people do not understand it,” said Worthy. “I can’t explain to people why. It just makes me feel completely self-wroth. I feel like I am completely alive. In that moment of fighting, I just feel that it is what I am supposed to do. I have always wanted to become a martial artist and now I am. I have always wanted to do this.”

You may wonder where Worthy got such a great mindset for the sport, but you do not need to look far. Worthy’s mother played a huge role in his life and her philosophy of life has really helped Worthy in life and also in his career.

“My mom always pushed for us to do what we loved to do,” said Worthy. “Her big thing was to say that; ‘you are a success at the age of twelve.’ She was meaning success doesn’t mean money, it means being happy. My mother pushed for me to be different. For me, fighting is just the shit I wanted to do. My mother always pushed for us to do whatever we wanted to do. If you want to do something, do not make excuses. That is what my mother always told me. So that is how I live.”

Not only does Worthy have a great mindset for the past and the present, he also has a great mindset for his future in the sport. A lot of people have an end goal of just making to the UFC, but for Worthy, he does not care if he makes it there or not Worthy cares more about leaving a legacy in the sport. Worthy talked about how he wants to be remembered in the sport of mixed martial arts.

“My end goal is not to fight in the UFC,” said Worthy. “I would like to fight in the UFC, but my end goal is to become a legend of fighting. I want to go down in history for something. I want to be a walking legend. Like a GSP, Anderson Silva, or Chuck Liddell type. I want to go down in history as being a fighter. I actually fight that way. I am not afraid to lose. If you are going to kill me do then go out and kill me. Dude, I don’t care if I won belts or whatever. I want people to say, ‘do you remember Khama Worthy?’”

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Jeremy Klump
Interview Coordinator / Video Manager

Jeremy Klump is a Sport Media major at Ithaca College and has been writing about Mixed Martial Arts for over a year now. He interned at MVC Sports Management and AMA Fight Club. While interning at MVC and AMA, Jeremy found out that he had a true passion for writing about Mixed Martial Arts. He has interviewed and wrote articles on top UFC fighters while also having knowledge of regional fighters and the top new comers. He looks to grow as a writer and expand his knowledge of Mixed Martial Arts while being a proud member of The MMA Corner team.