Sam Cassidy is part owner and head striking coach at Southside MMA, Phuket – one of the best MMA gyms in Thailand.
He was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. From an early age, Sam showed signs of being a gifted athlete and later pursued a career in professional rugby and golf. A bad injury forced an early stop to his sporting life which eventually led him down a path of drinking and gambling. Luckily a helping hand was close by and Sam was convinced to travel to Thailand for a weight loss camp that led to a fight at the famous BBQ bash at Tiger Muay Thai. Since then he has been making waves across the Thai stadium circuits and even started a clothing brand, Muay Thai Life. The cards have been dealt and we have been rewarded with a royal flush – Sam Cassidy joins us today to talk about his life as a professional athlete and as head coach of Southside MMA. In this episode, we start off on a sick note to discuss a recent deadly illness Sam picked up during the Songkran water festival – Dengue Fever.
We discuss his early life as a professional athlete, how partying and gambling changed his life, moving to Thailand and starting a new life in the ring.
Join us for another episode of the Fruiting Body Podcast, we enter the ring and exchange some punches with Southside MMA’s head striking coach, Sam Cass. Today we discuss the purse structure between professional fighters and their gyms, what it's like training with UFC athletes, how to take the right opportunities for success and of course get to know the ins and out of the now famous Southside MMA & fitness gym in Rawai, Phuket.
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