#312 – Joey “KoKing” Gomez

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Sevan Matossian (00:01):

Bam we’re live. I had no raw meat prepped, so I just, um, I just, I just had a raw egg. Have you done that? Just crack a raw egg and a little cup and throw it down?

Caleb Beaver (00:12):

No, actually I haven’t, I can’t, I’ve never, I’ve no like opposition to it. I’ve never, just never thought to do it. I guess. It’s good.

Sevan Matossian (00:19):

I, I, yeah, there’s the there’s thing. Yeah. Uh, it doesn’t taste like anything. I did it for the first time last week. There’s things that like, I haven’t done that. Like

Caleb Beaver (00:29):

Doesn’t seem unreasonable.

Sevan Matossian (00:30):

Most humans should have done by now. Like I, like, I’ve never cut my own hair. It’s it’s kind of, it’s kind of hard to say you’re a man and you’ve never cut your hair. Maybe that’s why I don’t have a gender. I mean, just to seems like a lie.

Caleb Beaver (00:43):

I come hair,

Sevan Matossian (00:44):

But I did eat a raw egg. I mean, that’s gotta count.

Caleb Beaver (00:48):

Yeah. It’s like some Rocky Rocky right there.

Sevan Matossian (00:51):

Yeah. So a few weeks ago I just put, I just, I was just like right after I did. Were you, were you with me on the show with the raw meat guy? Yeah. And I ate the hamburger meat. Oh,

Caleb Beaver (00:59):

Oh no, I wasn’t on it, but I watched it. Yeah. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (01:01):

Oh, okay. I felt

Caleb Beaver (01:02):

Like I was

Sevan Matossian (01:03):

On it. So, so like right after that, I just threw down an egg and um, and then it’s like a day after that. And then so today I was in a hurry. I’m like, well, I’m just gonna crack an egg into one of my kids’ little glass cups. You know what else I’m doing? I’m getting into this thing. I’m phasing out all plastic in my house, like in my kitchen. So glass, just glass plates.

Caleb Beaver (01:25):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (01:26):

Like, see, like I could see through them glass cups for my kids. No plastic. The only thing, um, that I have still that’s plastic is I got these huge plastic, like tumblers that I used to use for roadies.

Caleb Beaver (01:40):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (01:42):

Guilty. Good, huge. You know? And, um,

Caleb Beaver (01:46):

Do you, what do you do for Tupperware? Do you use Tupperware at all?

Sevan Matossian (01:49):

We, I just get, um,

Caleb Beaver (01:51):

You just use like the glassware.

Sevan Matossian (01:52):

I use the glassware. Yeah. My wife does most of that. And if I see plastic stuff coming around, I’ll start like when, when I go to the store, I’ll pick up a piece of glassware. Yeah. Um, and you know, what else she started you, she started using wax paper to wrap up instead of like tinfoil or cellophane. You can go to like whole foods or one of these fancy joints and just buy a giant sheet of wax paper. Yeah. Wrap your cheese in it. Or since Joey’s here and we’re racist your Tamas in it. And uh, and then, and then just put it in the fridge and then you can unwrap the Tamali and then just rinse off this wax thing and use it again.

Caleb Beaver (02:24):

Yeah. That’s genius.

Sevan Matossian (02:26):

And I guess you don’t get any oscillates on it. I don’t know what those are, but they kill your sperm supposedly and start turning you into a woman.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (02:36):

Can you say that nowadays?

Sevan Matossian (02:39):

O only on this stream, only on this stream is to Gomez. Joey,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (02:43):

What’s up guys?

Sevan Matossian (02:45):

Joey, we got, uh, Caleb here. Caleb, Joey,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (02:50):

Caleb,

Sevan Matossian (02:51):

You train hard today, dude,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (02:53):

Dude, beat. I was almost asleep. I had to set an alarm to make, I didn’t miss those.

Sevan Matossian (03:00):

Uh, oh, that’s a good feeling to train that hard, right?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (03:03):

It is man. I, uh, I need it. I’ve got so much energy that like, he needs to go somewhere. Thank God I had, you know, training. Cause I don’t know what the I would do if I didn’t,

Sevan Matossian (03:16):

Hey, there’s a little, there’s a fan or something in the background. It’s not horrible, but I think it’s in your room. Joey, do, do you know what it is?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (03:23):

It is. It’s the rayon fan. So like the RA levels in my basement are crazy high.

Sevan Matossian (03:30):

So what’s Ray on me. What’s rayon,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (03:33):

You know, I’d have to fact check myself really quick, but I’m pretty sure rayon is like in a, it’s a a that, uh, that will kill you. And it’s found in like the granite in new, in new England. And uh, like when you go to buy a house, you have to get a radar test to see what the levels of radar are. And uh, if the levels are too high, they pull the pipe into the ground and they, uh, you have to pump it out with a fan. There we go.

Sevan Matossian (04:04):

Rayon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer radar on gas is inert, colorless, and odorless. Rayon is naturally in the atmosphere and trace amounts, outdoors, radar disperses rapidly, and generally is not a health issue. Most radar exposure occurs inside homes. So, so you can’t have that just go, okay. So that’s like, theoretically, sucking it outta your house.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (04:25):

Theoretically, I’ll let you know. In 20 years, if I have lung cancer,

Sevan Matossian (04:30):

Do you have a raid on meter? Is there like one of those, is there something in your house? And you can like be like, oh, we’re getting a dose today.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (04:38):

Uh, no, I have not purchased one of those.

Sevan Matossian (04:41):

Oh,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (04:42):

But I mean, it sounds like a sound investment.

Sevan Matossian (04:46):

Um, so, so go, so tell me about the workout. And I, I love that feeling of being, so it’s almost like, um, when you lay down tonight, your body falls asleep before your mind. It’s like, those are like the most, they’re almost like you just go straight into dreaming, right. That kind of like work you put in today. And what, and what work, tell us what you did today.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (05:07):

I did two today. So

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (05:10):

Woke up

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (05:12):

First off, snow blowing this morning was a workout in its own. So I, I just like layered up snow blow. Right. Which probably burned two, 300 Cal calories in a half an hour.

Sevan Matossian (05:24):

But you hand push this thing. We’re in California. You put it’s like a lawnmower, but it throws snow in your neighbor’s yard.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (05:29):

Yeah. Pretty much exactly.

Sevan Matossian (05:32):

Whoever you hate you, can you point that thing wherever you want?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (05:35):

Yeah. You gotta shoot. You can point it. You can change the, the trajectory of, of the snow. Yeah. Brad, I’m actually from California as well, originally from, uh, Southern California. Um, Marietta and okay. I moved out here to new England cuz my wife is, uh, from this area and I was just like, what? I was like, you mean I gotta buy a thousand dollars machine to move snow. Like why is this

Sevan Matossian (05:59):

Law? You have to have that right by law. You have to do your sidewalk or some.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (06:04):

Uh, no, there’s, it’s some places it does snow, snow shoveling, like a big driveway is horrible. Uh, but yeah, so snow blowing is a thing and uh, it’s pretty arduous. It can be slippery. And then, uh, so from there I went to the gym. I worked out from uh, yes, dude, look at that

Sevan Matossian (06:27):

Dope.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (06:29):

Uh, yeah, you got the two auger. You got like the, the augers, it’s a two auger system and it throws it it’s pretty red. Uh, uh, then I went to the gym, trained hard, uh, with my team and my coach did a lot of Mets. Did, uh, some conditioning rounds. It was just like mainly focusing on, uh, specifics for the fights, like fight specifics, like specific combinations and specific counters to things. We’re anticipating that we’re gonna see the fight and then it was about sweating. So you know what I mean? Through some Abilene on which is actually makeup remover, which opens your pores and allows you to sweat more. Right. And through on the sauna suit and wow sweat, man.

Sevan Matossian (07:11):

I’ve interviewed a bunch of fighters. No one’s ever told me about Abilene.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (07:14):

Oh dude. Abilene’s best. You can only is that a secret

Sevan Matossian (07:16):

Or does everyone know it?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (07:19):

Uh, it’s a trade secret for sure.

Sevan Matossian (07:22):

Hey, it’s crazy. When I look at who you fought, you fought. Oh, there he is. Dylan. Val. Holy. I’m a huge fan of Gomez. It’s blasphemous because Jeremy Pender’s a local legend, but this man is undeniable. Thanks. Thanks Dylan. You demand, uh, it’s crazy to look back at your career, man. It’s crazy. I had this friend from out of town who I haven’t seen in a couple years swing by my house tonight to watch the fights. And I told him I was doing a sh and he, he got me into UFC. Like, I don’t know, six, seven years ago. I just missed like the GSP era. And soon as I told him, I was going on with you, he knew exactly who you were. And he started talking about all your fights and. And I was holy cow. Yeah. And it’s crazy. And uh, and you fought Rob font also, right? Yeah,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (08:05):

I did. I did trained with Rob font too, before the fight.

Sevan Matossian (08:09):

Yeah. Nuts.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (08:11):

It was cool. Yeah, dude, Rob is a, Rob is a stud you know, I’m a huge Rob font fan too. Uh, and he’s, I, I mean, he’s gonna be the best in the world. He’s gonna be champ. It’s only a matter of time. You know, he’s got a great camp behind him. Uh, they’re doing huge things for the sport right now in new England and you know, they’re, they’re doing it. And I, uh, yeah, to be able to share that the cage with the Oxion with, with Rob was amazing.

Sevan Matossian (08:43):

Who did he just fight?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (08:45):

Uh, gosh,

Sevan Matossian (08:46):

They had that war. Oh yes.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (08:53):

It,

Sevan Matossian (08:54):

Holy. Hats off to ho uh, I mean, no disrespect to Aldo, but I thought font was gonna, I mean, was

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (09:00):

It font or I’m sorry, was it

Sevan Matossian (09:02):

Aldo or was it Aldo and cater? I mean, cater and font have been just, just in these blood baths. We

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (09:10):

Lost both of ’em are studs, dude.

Sevan Matossian (09:13):

Yeah. Crazy. How far is your training camp from their training camp?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (09:17):

Uh, they’re in Boston. I’m about hour and a half away from them.

Sevan Matossian (09:22):

Okay. Um, you went, um, you went black by the way. I think you like answered the phone or looked at a text message or something.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (09:29):

Looking up fonts, pology really quick.

Sevan Matossian (09:34):

Oh, you gotta make Caleb do that. You can take his job. Uh,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (09:38):

It was,

Sevan Matossian (09:41):

Which of those sites do you prefer? What to do your research? You like pology or? Sure, dog,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (09:46):

Uh, you know, sure. Dog back in the day was the bees knees, man. Like if like, if somebody was talking some at the bar, like, oh, I’ve got 13 professional. Like, oh yeah, what’s your, are you on shirt, dog? What’s shirt, dog, like full shut up, you know, know what you’re talking about?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (10:04):

You know?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (10:05):

And so ology technology is cool cuz they break it down with metrics and they’ve got like links and you know, they’ve got bar graphs and you know, it, it gives you a little bit more at like, you know, it shows you the ranking of, of where they are in their region, so on and so forth. So both have their, their, their, their perks. You know what I mean? Plus you can use one to bounce the other off to make sure you’re looking at the right guy and you’ve got the right record.

Sevan Matossian (10:31):

Dudes would say that you’ve seen like, like I’ve heard of stolen valor where dudes say, will say they’re in the military or something, but dudes would say that about fighting.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (10:38):

Oh yeah.

Sevan Matossian (10:40):

Crazy.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (10:40):

Yeah. Especially for you’re in like a big fight town. You know what I mean? Like dudes had dudes at, in, in Temecula all the time were like, oh, you know, I fight for team quest. And like we were all team quest guys and like, come on dog, shut up, stop it.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (10:55):

I’m

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (10:56):

All the time down there in Ja uh, Albuquerque with Jackson winks or ATT you know, down there in coconut Creek. Dude’s just trying to be hard. I mean, I mean, I can’t really blame him who doesn’t wanna be a badass, you know what I mean?

Sevan Matossian (11:11):

Right. And especially if you can get the credit for it, not have to do the work.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (11:16):

If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.

Sevan Matossian (11:18):

Um, you are going in the ring after how much time off

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (11:22):

It’s been. Like I think my last fight was like September, 2016,

Sevan Matossian (11:28):

Five years,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (11:29):

Five years. And some changed dude.

Sevan Matossian (11:31):

Do you remember why you got into fighting?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (11:34):

Ah, to get free drinks at the bar and laid man, come on.

Sevan Matossian (11:37):

Hey, that’s why, that’s why Zuckerberg created Facebook. I, the story

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (11:43):

Like straight up, I was just young and reckless and I was 20 years old and just came back from war and I needed a positive outlet. You know what I mean? And I freaking, uh, I got myself in so much stupid trouble for no reason just because I was being stubborn. And one of my sergeants was just like, yo, you know, there’s like gyms where you can go and fight people. Like you don’t just have to keep being everybody up in the barracks. I was like, what the do you mean? And he was like, like, yeah, you should, you should go to the bear. You should go check out like an MMA gym. I was like, all right, let’s go. So I, uh, this is funny. I haven’t said this story in a long time, but I walked into this gym. It was called island boxing and fitness. And it was in a

Sevan Matossian (12:28):

Island island, boxing island,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (12:30):

Boxing and fitness and Bluffton, South Carolina. Was it run by miss end corre at the time before he opened up a champion training center in Savannah, Georgia. And I walked into this gym and I was just like, I want to be on your next fight card. And he was just like, right. Uh, how much training you got? I was like, well, I wrestled in high school and I’m in the Marine Corps, so I’ll be fine. And he was like, right, tough guy. Why don’t you come do, uh, why don’t you come pro practice? We’ll see what you got. I was like, perfect. So I show up to fight to, uh, to pro practice or to fight team practice. And like, I’m watching all the guys come in and I’m like a myself up and these dudes beat the out of me. Like they fumbled me. And, uh, it was a very, very humbling experience. And uh, but I didn’t give up. And I stood in there and I, I held my own for, you know, what I thought I was capable of. And Ms. Samuel was just like, yeah, man, he’s like, you, you’re tough. And you got a ton of heart. Just keep coming up. And from then I was just hooked. I was in the gym six days a week. I just was obsessed and, uh, became very, very successful.

Sevan Matossian (13:34):

And are you’re, you’re not in the Marine Corps anymore?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (13:37):

No. Once the Marine hall is your Marine, but I’m no longer an active duty status.

Sevan Matossian (13:41):

And, and when did you go into the Marine Corps?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (13:43):

Uh, geez, June, 2004.

Sevan Matossian (13:49):

How, how old were you Caleb? In two. When did you go into the air force? Caleb?

Caleb Beaver (13:54):

Uh, I was 24. So it was, that was 20 18, 20 18.

Sevan Matossian (14:01):

Holy. Crazy. It’s it’s it’s it’s. It’s so cool that you guys did that. Are you stoked? You did that. Caleb’s still in the air force. Are you stoked? You were a Marine.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (14:11):

Oh yeah, dude. I, uh, super proud to have been able to serve my, and to be a part of that brotherhood and legacy and, and you know, the whole spirit of the core and everything, you know, Marines are, we’ve been accused of being a cult, you know, just, you just gotta know you. It is, it is what it is.

Sevan Matossian (14:34):

And, and how long were you in?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (14:36):

Uh, seven years in some change, almost eight. I did four years, uh, active duty and then I did like three and some change in the reserves.

Sevan Matossian (14:44):

Oh, that’s right. I saw that. I was wondering that I saw that in your Instagram, you were in the reserves. Yeah. And you’re not in the reserves anymore.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (14:50):

No, I got out.

Sevan Matossian (14:51):

Could you be called up with this, with this shenanigans that’s going on now in the Ukraine and, and now Germany’s getting their, putting their toe in there. Could you could, once you’re in the reserves, can they I’ve for some reason, I feel like I’ve heard stories of dudes who get called back into the reserves.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (15:05):

So when you get out off of active duty, so, um, not all, but the majority of, uh, military contracts, you do four years active and you do four years inactive, right? So you go, uh, in, in the fleet Marine Corps force, or you go, uh, whatever you’re doing, right, you got four years active duty. And then your four years inactive are in the IRR, the individual ready reserve, or if in a, a time of crisis within that four year period, they can bring you back in. But my time has, since it been passed, like, you know, being a total of eight years after eight years, it would have to be like, you know, die or circumstances. And if that were the case, I would, I would volunteer. You know what I mean?

Sevan Matossian (15:53):

No, I don’t know what you mean. I I’ve, I’ve none of that badass that you got in. You I’d be over here, like, Hey, but send your wives and children over here. I’ll guard them in the basement. Thank you for your service, Mr. Gomez. Thank God for men like you, dude. Holy. Um, and, and so, um, you’re, you haven’t fought since 2016, you won your last fight in the UFC, right?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (16:15):

I didn’t. I went, you didn’t in the UFC. My only two losses in my professional career came from when I was in the UFC.

Sevan Matossian (16:22):

Oh. Okay. Good job. Doing your research Sevan. And so then you, you, you leave and your 29 and a half and you leave because you told your wife that by 30, you will have either what been champion or have gotten a real job or,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (16:39):

Uh, so I told dude, we were, I,

Sevan Matossian (16:41):

Holy, Rob font. One of your losses in the UFC. That’s nuts.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (16:45):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (16:46):

For those of you who don’t know, um, Joey Gomez has a fight on March 4th. It’s a comeback fight. I don’t know if you call it comeback, fight. He’s fighting for, for the first time, since 2006, um, he is a badass. Um, they called him Joey K Gomez. And this guy, I don’t, I don’t know who Jose is. Alberto, but Rob font is a assassin. He basically, he basically kicked Cody Garant out of the division, right?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (17:10):

Yeah. That was a rough fight.

Sevan Matossian (17:12):

Yeah, that was crazy. I mean, I like Cody, but congrats to Rob, Rob, like said, bye, bye,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (17:17):

Dude, Rob, I I’ll tell you what, man. I’ve never been Jabed so hard in my face. And like, I was not prepared for it. And uh, UFC gloves. I, I don’t know what they’re made out of, but it feels like, like hard wrestling me, like cold rest, sling mat in the morning. Like if you ever wrestle, then you stepped on a wrestling mat when it’s cold. That hurts, man. And, uh, he popped me so hard and I just remember, I audibly was like out, He kinda looked at me. He was like, are you for real? Right now? I was like, that hurt. Like, don’t do that.

Sevan Matossian (17:55):

Oh, that’s awesome. Dylan, you were in the, were you in the Marines too? Hey, if he says this to you, does that mean he’s in, he was in the Marines

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (18:03):

Tempy.

Sevan Matossian (18:04):

That’s crazy

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (18:05):

Five. Uh, always faithful as the Marine Corps motto.

Sevan Matossian (18:10):

Can, can non Marine say that to you?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (18:12):

I mean, they could it’s, it’s just, it’s a, but it’s normally reserved for Marines. You know what I mean? It’s, there’s a whole, there’s a whole culture. Like, you know how it is like every in every gun club has its culture, you know?

Sevan Matossian (18:28):

Yeah. When I worked at CrossFit, every single dude there was, uh, on, in the, in the, at CrossFit headquarters, it seemed like was either in the service or was just out of the service. It was just Marines and Navy dudes and air force dudes, everyone. And then it was me, this Berkeley tree hug and hippie just getting a lesson in life by these real men. Um, and um, so why, if you, you fight, you’re fighting in the barracks and then now why do you fight? Why like, has your, has your, why changed? Oh, what’s

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (19:04):

The always changing that’s part of, that’s part of the journey of martial arts. You know what I mean? And like, I, uh, like I said, when I first started fighting was to get free drinks at the bar noticed and, and, you know, and then it turned out like, I was kind of good at this. I was like, well, let’s see how far I can take it. You know what I mean? Then I set my goals. I set my goals for myself and started marching towards those and started smashing those down. And, and then, you know, and then, you know, we started talking rankings and, you know, it turns out that I have an, uh, an uncanny ability to knock people unconscious for my size, which is, which is a gift. And, you know, then it was like, well, you know, let’s fight for belts. And then, well, championship started coming in to talk.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (19:50):

And then, you know, my, the, a manager, I said, I got, I got a manager. Then I got a publicist, you know, then I had a nutritionist, a strength and conditioning coach, you know, boxing coaches, Mo Thai coaches, MMA coaches, you know, and like I became a little business and it was like, right, well now it’s, you know, then I got called up by the UFC and it’s just like, oh, or whoa, you know, like it turned into, it turned into, it turned into something that I did because I needed an outlet. And, and it turned into like a profession, you know, where eating clean and working out and, and all that stuff was important. And part of my daily life, it already was it and still is part of my daily life, but now it’s getting paid to do it, you know? So it was, it was just a crazy transition, you know, and, but like why I fight now versus why I fought back then it’s always Been a test against myself, you know? And it it’s physical test against another person, but I mean, I can’t control what that other dude’s gonna do. I gotta control what I’m gonna do. You know,

Sevan Matossian (21:03):

There’s more at stake now,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (21:05):

100%. Uh, in what aspect you tell, talking about from, from an age standpoint, or are you talking about,

Sevan Matossian (21:12):

Uh, uh, family? Yeah. Family, people loved ones. I’m guessing when you started fighting, you didn’t have kids. Now you have a daughter you’re clearly obsessed with, by your Instagram. You’ve just love her to pieces. And, um, it’s, it’s like someone was telling me the other day and I couldn’t agree more like, no, there should be no leader in the world. If you don’t have kids, if you don’t have kids, I don’t want to hear your opinion really much on anything. Go back to work. Hmm. And, uh, so like I, because kids can make you selfless in a way that I, I don’t like maybe only death can, you know what I mean? Sure,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (21:46):

Man.

Sevan Matossian (21:46):

Cause you’re willing to die for your kids. And so in that regards, like you have more on the line, right? Like, yes,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (21:52):

I have always like, I’ve always, I have a, I was saying people like, oh, you gamma like never with, I never GAD my money, always my life. You know what I mean? And I like, I stand by that, like, you’ve gotta be a little off your rocker to lock yourself in a, a cage and fight somebody, you know, and then to do it at the level that I done it at I’m it’s like less than 1% of fighters make it to the UFC. So, and there’s like less than a percent of the population is a fighter. So you’re talking about a percent of a percent.

Sevan Matossian (22:30):

Oh yeah. It’s gotta be even less than it’s gotta be just minus skill.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (22:34):

So, and I’m not here to like gas myself up or, or, or inflate my own ego. Lord knows I don’t need any help doing that. But like, I don’t, I don’t feel like I’m in danger when I’m doing that, man. I’ve been doing it for 15 years. I’ve been fighting. I’ve been actively trying to fight people, become efficient with the movements and of fighting people for 15 years. That’s a decade and a half.

Sevan Matossian (23:02):

Yeah.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (23:03):

You know? So

Sevan Matossian (23:07):

What happened between 2016 and 2021? What, what what’s what, um, were you still training on the reg? Oh yeah. Um, never tell me about, tell me about that. All the training still grappling jujitsu striking. Yeah. Whole might tide. Juah just, just in it.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (23:24):

Yeah, man, I just, like I said, I, I took a di there was a brief hiatus that I took, you know, for probably six, seven months. I didn’t step on the meds, everybody. I just was gone and I was getting my, I was getting my life. Right, man. You know what I mean? Like, uh, like I said, uh, I met my wife and I told her, this is what I was gonna do. Don’t try to stop me. And she respected that and she supported me, uh, you know, like everything else we had, there were ups and downs. But, uh, I told her that if I didn’t get signed, that I would, by the time I was 30, that I would look at retiring and get serious about getting a career and providing her adequate life that she deserved. You know, not that we weren’t living, you know, an adequate lifestyle, but, you know, we were, we were strapped, you know, I was chasing a dream.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (24:13):

And, uh, so I did, I got real serious with, uh, you know, getting into management level for, in the, uh, transportation, like, uh, diesel mechanics. So I signed with Cummins as a shot foreman. And from there, I kind of just took off as far as, you know, specializing in the diesel, you know, air world and, uh, made a name for myself, doing that. And, you know, my quality life increased to the point where I wasn’t strapped, you know, and living, you know, penny for penny paycheck for paycheck. And, uh, I went back into the gym and I kind of fell in love back in love with it. And, you know, there’s something to say, be said about that. Cuz you know, like I was talking about having a publicist and a manager in this and that, and it was great, but it, it kind of took away from it all.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (25:03):

Like it, it, it became a job, you know, and it’s hard to balance all of that. And that’s the hardest thing that that’s what was the most difficult part for me when I had, when I started a family was balance, you know, we, me and the Mrs. Fought about that so much. She’s like, you need to balance, you need to find a way to balance it all. Like you can’t be gone six days a week in the gym for seven to half hours a day and then come back when your dog tired and you, you know, I, I, and aren’t helpful around the house. I’m like, all right. So, you know, I think that I could have under different circumstances. I could have probably achieved, you know, what I did and some and some, but it just, you know, it wasn’t in the cards for me.

Sevan Matossian (25:47):

Um, I don’t, I don’t think, I don’t think great people have balance. No, let me rephrase that. Rephrase that. I don’t think a cuz. Everyone’s great. I don’t think people who achieve greatness have balance, what are like to be a mate of a, To be a mate of someone who comes to the top of their game. Like, like if you’re, if you’re dating Elon and he your sister, like you gotta be cool with it. You didn’t Elon, he your brother. You gotta be cool with it. Okay. Because like he whatever’s making that, that he’s he is the ultimate diesel Cummings machine. Right. He is like, mean putting out the most horsepower, the, the, the most efficient, the strongest, the best, the best. And if you, at that at some point you’re along for the ride, like,

Sevan Matossian (26:43):

Yeah. I, I mean, I, that, that’s how I think. I mean, it’s tough, man. It’s tough. There’s no, um, being a mate to a, to a, the people at the top, I mean, it’s got it. It’s, it’s a, they, they should have a hall of fame. Right. For real, this was Abraham Lincoln’s wife. This was hug Hefner’s first wife. I mean, you know what I mean? It’s like, this is Conner Greg’s chick. We’ve seen her just go through four. She just had like four kids while we watch him punch old dudes out at the bar. I mean like some, someone like it’s nuts.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (27:11):

Yeah. It made it crazy. It takes. I choose a special type of woman to put up with my. For sure.

Sevan Matossian (27:18):

Yeah. It’s um, uh, in these, in these six, well, let me tell, I would talk to you about Cummins engines real quick. Are those amazing engines?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (27:28):

Cummins is a good engine. I mean, all engines have their problems, you know? So, uh, I’m particularly fond of Cumins because I grew up wrenching. Like I cut my teeth on Cumins engines, the I B C I cells. And then, you know, out ISX 15,

Sevan Matossian (27:45):

Ah, the ISX 15. Oh, okay. That better. Look that up ISX 15.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (27:50):

And uh,

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (27:51):

But

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (27:53):

I’m also a huge tour diesel fan too. So if you had to ask me my preference, I mean, I can take the, I can take a part of a coming engine with my eyes closed pretty much. But like, I, as far as like Detroit diesel did it right with like the DD 15 and the DD 13, the way they, uh, kind of made it like a modular setup, likes easier to take apart than a Cummins and it easier to, so the turnaround time, like you can tear down a Detroit diesel, I think faster than you can like an I,

Sevan Matossian (28:26):

Where are these guys based out of?

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (28:28):

Uh, Cummins is in the Midwest somewhere.

Sevan Matossian (28:32):

Yeah. I wanna say I drove by their factory one time. This

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (28:35):

Huge Ja Jamestown. Yeah. Jamestown, Cummins.

Sevan Matossian (28:40):

Oh, that’s named after the TA. The town’s named after them or they’re named after the town.

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (28:44):

Uh, the plant is in Jamestown. Oh,

Sevan Matossian (28:47):

Um, a as you work on these over the years, like you said, you could do with your eyes closed. Is there stuff that you see that you want to talk to the engineers? You’re like, yo dude, if you just switch this with this and tweaked that, like, what the? Why is that screw over there? You could have put it over there. Why is that a hex? That should be a, is there stuff? Oh

Joey “KoKing” Gomez (29:03):

Yeah. There’s all the time. Dude. There is a huge rivalry between the engineers and the mechanics that, and the technicians that fix ’em like if we could flush ’em or, uh, flick ’em in their fleshy patch that they call nuts, every, Take something apart, like, why would you design it like this? Why do I have to do six hours of work to get to one injector? Like, uh, sometimes they shoe horn these in engines in there, like you gotta lift the cab up to get to the rear inject. It’s such a pain in the nut where you’re trying to set the top in and you’re underneath the cow. You drop a wrench. Uh,

Sevan Matossian (29:38):

Uh, Dylan, um, uh, says big reason why I’m a fan. This man is beyond legit. Awesome. Grab stuff on. Thank you. You know, I, I don’t, so I’m on a mad podcast terror and by the time people like circle into the queue and I’m about to do podcast with them. I can’t even remember how it happened, but, um, I’m starting to get a little bit of a big head and, uh,

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