He’s know as “TTP”, “The Total Package” and you might even hear him yelling “All I do is Win, Win, Win”. Coming off of a great start to his pro career, TTP has dominated his first three professional fights with a swagger all his own. This interview will dip into what goes on in Mr. Wynn’s mind while he is racking up victories.
James: Alright, we’re here with Travis Wynn, The Total Package.
Travis: TTP!!! (laughs)
J: Now you were just telling me before this interview that you wanna take a break, you don’t wanna fight again this year. You want to wait till 2013. Any specific reasons behind this?
T: I just wanna come back in 2013 with a fresh slate, you know all the nagging injuries, all the training, all the hard work, you know sometimes you gotta enjoy life. Relax, you know, get to enjoy the fruits of my labor. So when 13′ comes around, I’m gonna make that my year the same way I made 2012 my year.
J: So are you currently training right now?
T: Oh yeah! Always training, always training. Always learning. Always trying to get better. Thats the thing, get back 2013 to a better “TTP”. You know what I mean.
Jokingly, I say out loud “All I do is win, win, win”. Travis of course responds with “No Matter What”. Quoting the popular DJ Khaled track.
J: You are 3-0, all dominate performances… what is that ingredient you have to take these wins? What in your opinion is that “secret sauce” that a competitor has to put one in the “W” column?
T: I’d have to say definitely my coaches, my training partners. I know a lot of guys say that, but I’ve definitely been a different fighter from the day I got to 302 Jiu Jitsu. I’ve got a lot more to my game, got into the Balance System, got to see some great fighters, got to learn from ’em. Timmy Williams has set an example for me like nobody has ever set an example for me in my life. And then the secret, THE SECRET!!!, the key ingredient, the secret sauce, is Jimmy Morrison, having Jimmy in my corner each fight. Man, that dude is a God-sent for me.
J: Just to clarify this isn’t Jim Morrison from the Doors, cause he’s dead (laughs).
T: (laugh) nah, Jimmy Jitsu the man with the tats, the man that walks right behind me every fight.
J: So, originally from Reading, PA, when did you decide it was time to dedicate yourself to the sport so much that you felt it was time to relocate?
T: Actually, what happened was I grew up in Reading and I was still young when I moved here with my mom and my family. You know it was just a blessing. Then, I ended up here in the Balance System, you know, it was a good look for me.
J: How long ago was that when you moved to Delaware?
T: I moved here when I was about 17, I’m 22 now. So, I’ve been here for a while. I’ll never forget my roots. I’ll never forget Reading.
J: I always assumed you started training in Reading then moved to Delaware, so its was actually before you even started training.
T: Yeah, which is actually a big thing for me too cause later on I’d like to bring, you know just want MMA to be a bigger deal in Reading. I’d like more people to see it, I know Bellator is gonna be up there soon. I’d like to get CFFC up there maybe too, you know since we’re expanding. (laughs) (Travis sending out a “hint, hint” to CFFC management)
J: So, in the past we talked about your amateur career. Give fans a little insight into your original training methods.
T: Actually, the conditioning, that was number one. I just believed I had to be tougher and just had to be able to last longer, as crazy as that sounds. Cause training in my basement I was aware I didn’t have the best training. But I just felt if I could outlast you. If I could push the pace, then I might be there to get my hand raised when the fight was ended.
J: Why was your choice Balance/302 BJJ?
T: Pretty much what happen was, in my amateur career, the biggest thing I had going for me was I was in shape and I would let my hands go. I would throw them, whether it was technical, whether it was good, whether it was sound, but I had no fear in letting them go. And ahhh, people didn’t like getting hit by me and I started spending a lot of time on my back and not really knowing where to get or how to get up. So, here I am in my garage thinking I need to figure something out. I need to do something. I ended coming to 302 BJJ (previous location). Had a class, rolled with Jimmy and a couple other guys from the school and I was like “These guys know what they’re doing”. At the time I had never been exposed to high level jiu-jitsu, I’d seen it but I had never had it happen to me. I was still under the belief that you know, if I just know, if I’m just tough enough, you can’t tap me out. So, you’re a young kid who’s an idiot and you go in there a realize, man, someone knows what they’re doing.” And thats all there is to it, I was hooked from that day, man. This was were I was gonna be and I was gonna learn some jiu-jitsu, period.
J: What’s the experience liking training with 302 when you walk through the door?
T: When I first got here it was a complete culture shock, you know I worked hard in that basement (laughs). But you find out you have to work even harder and that everything’s important, espciaelly dealing with guys like Timmy (Williams), diets important, what weight class you’re gonna fight, you know things like that, mental preparation. I’ll never forget my first Wednesday night here, Wednesday night’s MMA night, just MMA, all the tough guys are here. Everybody who just wants to learn Jiu-jitsu the stay home that night (laughs). That’s “pound on each other night”. The first night I ever got here man, “WOOO” I’ll never forget it. I took a beating like nothing else. I always tell the story to my friends and it’s just like at the end of that training sessions, working with Timmy (Williams), sparring, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, wall work, strength and conditioning after that. You’re going for two, two and half hours, you just have to ask yourself, “Do I wanna do this or do I just wanna pack it in and do something else?” So I just made the decision, I was gonna do this.
J: I’m sure fans wanna know, how did you get the nickname “The Total Package”?
T: How’d I get the nickname “The Total Package”? Real Story? Everybody wants to know the real story. It’s 1 o’clock in the morning, and I’m sitting up eating Frosted Flakes, yeah, I like Frosted Flakes, watching something on tv. A little wrestling on tv. A little classic wrestling. I’m HUUUGGGEEE pro wrestling fan, so all my Twitter followers who bash wrestling on my timeline, I’m not a fan of that (laughs). So, I’m sitting there watching it and I’ve been thinking for a while Demetrius Johnson had become really popular with the “Mighty Mouse” thing, for anyone who doesn’t know that was my original nickname in high school and what not. I was kinda like he’s already got it and we’re the same size so I needed to change it up, then here comes Lex Luger coming out of the back, right on the bottom of the screen “THE TOTAL PACKAGE”. So, I pick up my phone, I text Jimmy (Morrison), “What do you think about that, The Total Package?” and he’s like “That’s awesome” (laughs). From that day on I was The Total Package. It’s was that, plus it’s also a goal. It’s not just cause I have a six pack. I wanna be the total package cause I wanna have the ability to beat guys anywhere in the fight. I wanna be able to see my opponent, say this is what he’s good at, so I’m gonna take him away from that, cause I’m good everywhere.
J: So what’s this all about your idea with bringing more showmanship to MMA?
T: Give everybody a show, that’s my thing. I’m not a big fan of two guys walk out, fight, and leave. I want everyone in the building to remember who I am. I want them all to remember when they saw THE TOTAL PACKAGE, its something I’m trying to give back to everybody.
J: So what’s the future hold for “The Total Package”?
T: Complete MMA domination, thats the plan. Man, just trying to take over (laughs). Trying to grab that belt, that’s something that definitely on my radar. It’s something I definitely want. Whoever gets on front of me, got to shut them down… I wanna be the best in the world and thats what I’m working for. Difference is I’m gonna tell you while I do it (laughs)!
So that’s about it! We’ve talked to the man, the myth, the legend… The Total Package. We’ve revealed his spirit to bring showmanship and excitement to the sport of MMA, and we’ve established that his is hardcore pro-wrestling fan that loves Frosted Flakes. With that knowledge, make sure to follow him –> right here <– on Twitter and lets get this man a verified account!! Look out for “The Total Package” Travis Wynn stepping back into the cage in 2013. BOOM!!!