Dr. Steven Bang will be stepping back into the New England Fights cage on Saturday night at New England Fights 24 in Lewiston, Maine as he will meet Stacy Lupo on the amateur portion of the fight card coming from the Androscoggin Bank Colisee.
Bang (0-1, 1NC) is a 47-year-old surgeon during the day and fighting is basically a family business as he will be competing on Saturday night with his sons. So how does a surgeon decided to start taking amateur mixed martial arts fights?
“I always say that combat sports has been part of my life in one way or another,” Bang told The MMA Report. “First of all, starting with wrestling. I wrestled in college for awhile and after that, there really is not a lot of direction you can go depending on the state that you live in. We lived in Colorado for some time and that is where I was able to get the boys involved in wrestling. I was able to compete with them in the open division circuit in Colorado because it was quite robust. So that is where they got their start and then I had a little bit hiatus as far as combat sports go. Got involved with several other competitive sports.”
“Upon our move to Maine, my boys became acquainted with another individual who eventually we ended up taking in as a sophomore in high school, Conor Murphy. He was involved with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. So he took the boys and they started going to Central Maine Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Down there, they met the mixed martial arts team. That is how they became involved with it and they actually introduced me to mixed martial arts side of it. Like I say, in some form or another, it’s kind of always been there. But the mixed martial arts part of it has been a recent addition.”
Take a listen to Bang’s complete interview with The MMA Report below.