It’s been a decade since Elliot first took up a Muay Thai fight on a whim while training in Thailand, and his journey has seen him soar to some of combat sports’ greatest heights. By his estimation, he has yet to soar his highest.
“For me to sign a six-fight deal [with One Championship] is everything that I’ve worked towards and it’s a dream come true. I’m looking forward to going out there and showcasing my skills to an audience that has never seen my skills and my potential before,” he says.
Elliot and Steve’s backgrounds go far beyond just striking. The father’s list of combat accolades reads like a Wikipedia tab, while the son has imbibed his lessons well ever since he could walk. They’ve lived and breathed the mantra of absorbing what is useful and rejecting what is useless from every art they come across. Right away, you sense that the two have spent years honing, training, and bleeding together in arenas across the globe.
There are enough differences between them, sure. Elliot is a millennial wizened to the ways of social media and posturing for the camera. Steve likens his poses to something out of an ABBA dance routine. Yet when the jokes are done and it’s time to work, father and son are a choreographed number. Whether they’re hitting pads, in the corner between rounds, or at the dinner table dissecting their meal plan, they dance, they jive—doing it all while having the time of their lives.
Though Elliot’s myriad of martial arts skills could translate to any combat sport, it’s the honesty of the striking arts where he finds the most comfort.
“I think how raw the sport is and how real it is—there’s no way you can fake it in this game,” he reveals.
“We fight each other, we try and take each other’s heads off, but there’s always that mutual respect for each other. I really have found a home within the sport of Muay Thai.”
Still, he acknowledges that his chosen code isn’t as popular as some of the others.
“I think with the growth of MMA, and particularly One Championship, UFC, Bellator—they’re really marketing towards people and drawing them away from combat sports such as kickboxing and Muay Thai.”