By: Nick Portella (@Nremtb)
Good day fight fans! Today I have a treat for you, Indalecio Tat Romero has agreed to sit down and answer some questions about his mixed martial arts career. Tat has an amazing MMA record of 27 wins and only 6 losses and he has fought for many promotions — most recently signing a 4-fight deal with King of the Cage. He also will be getting a chance to fight in Japan for RIZIN, so let’s have a seat with the man they call ‘Mean Bean’ and find out a little bit more about him.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Tat: It means the world to me. I’ve been fighting, in one form or another, my whole life. I love the grind, knowing I’m doing what only few can dream of doing.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Tat: My first wrestling match was at 3 years old. So three.
Nick: What belts do you have and what disciplines do you train?
Tat: I train in wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, and kickboxing. I’m currently a blue belt in guerrilla Jiu Jitsu. I’m not currently a belt holder in MMA.
Nick: You have a mind blowing professional record of 27-6. How does it feel knowing that you have had a dominant career thus far?
Tat: I will reflect on my career when it is over ;). I’m just enjoying the ride this far!
Nick: How long have you been with Iron Range WolfPac?
Tat: I have always been with the Iron Range WolfPac. I’ve traveled to Academy of Combat Arts on my days off leading up to a fight. I have been with the WolfPac since 2004. I love my team.
Nick: With an extensive history of winning via KO/TKO and submission do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?
Tat: I’ll go wherever the fight takes me I guess. My durability allows me to see where the fight will go and adjust accordingly.
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are, and what’s the thing you need to work on the most?
Tat: I’d say my ability to take my opponents down and defend takedowns myself. I’ve been working on my head movement a lot the last few fights.
Nick: What’s your favorite strike?
Tat: I love the overhand or the hook, I guess.
Nick: What is your favorite submission?
Tat: Whatever is given to me I guess. I don’t have a favorite one. I don’t go looking for one in a fight.
Nick: What championships have you held in the past? Which ones do you hold now?
Tat: I don’t currently hold a title in MMA. I have in the past been a title holder for MAX Fighting in ND. Titles in MMA don’t hold a lot of interest to me. I just like to fight.
Nick: There is always talk about next generation of fighters, and you are an experienced veteran. Do you feel that your style represents the next generation of professional mixed martial artists?
Tat: No, I’d say I have not quite evolved like some of the newer guys have. That may have a lot to do with my lack of resources where I live and my unwillingness to give up my job to pursue a full-time fighting career.
Nick: With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority, what methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?
Tat: I normally walk around about 220. I work close with 218 Fitness to get me down to fight weight. I feel great when it comes to my cut. Even when I cut to 155, It felt good come fight time, but I’ll never do that cut again!
Nick: Legacy is one of the names that comes up a lot in the MMA world and has put on many good shows and found amazing talent such as yourself. Do you have any plans to try and move to the UFC? Bellator?
Tat: Well I just signed my final fight contract with KOTC for a four-fight deal. There was a time I wanted to be in the UFC, but I make great money doing the shows that I do now and I just don’t see going to the UFC as making any sense to me. I don’t like the direction they have been going for quite some time. But what do I know?
Nick: Your nickname is ‘Mean Bean,’ who gave you that name and why?
Tat: An old co-worker gave it to me. I’m part Mexican and he just called me a ‘Mean Bean’ after a fight haha. It stuck.
Nick: You understand that marketing is important in this sport; do you have any plans to market yourself with clothing, hats, etc.?
Tat: It’s key and I have had lots of luck with sponsors. I’m currently sponsored by War Tribe Gear, GRIT MouthGuards, and Native American Fighter, and many more local sponsors. As far as my own apparel, no I do not have my own line.
Nick: What is next for you in the fight world? I know your fans are eager to know.
Tat: As I stated earlier, I just signed a deal with King of The Cage for 4 fights. After that, I guess we will see, but I do feel I have rounded the final corner of my career.
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be? Why?
Tat: I’d love to fight many people on a daily basis. So much ignorance in this world nowadays that if people had to answer to their words I think it would be different. So in my perfect world, a lot of people would be answering to me for the shit that comes out of their mouth.
Nick: Any breaking news going on with you? I would like to be the first to get it out there for you.
Tat: Actually a huge reason I agreed to take the KOTC deal was I’d be guaranteed a fight in Japan for RIZIN within the next year, so that’s pretty exciting!
Nick: Rusty Ernewein wanted me to ask you….Why do you not call people out? You are a champion?
Tat: Haha I am a Champion, at least I like to present myself as one. I don’t run my mouth to get fights. My fighting gets me fights. I don’t run my mouth to get money. My fighting gets me paid. I will not change my ideals, character, or my values for nobody or anything. This is me. The only thing that changes is the ugliness that I become when I fight. Nobody likes that guy. Not even me.
Nick’s Take: Tat was a lot of fun to talk with. He is humble and very friendly until you are standing across from him in the cage. Keep your eyes open for him as he will be fighting for King of the Cage and RIZIN. I would like to thank Tat very much for his time.