Natan Levy's journey won't end till he's a champion

By: Devon Teeple

With international victories in tournaments all over the world and over 30,000 followers on social media, Natan Levy's name is becoming one you hear about in all the fight circles. Now he has three MMA wins under his belt and Levy is building a worldwide following like no other. 

Not everyone can step into the MMA game and be instantly credible. It's not about putting on gloves and throwing haymakers. It takes years and years of training and not just in one discipline. You must be extraordinary in multiple facets and that's what Levy is trying to do.

From a young age, he trained in Karate until he saw MMA and was instantly hooked. He's working his way up the ranks and not taking anything for granted. Levy wants to be great and he will make sure he takes advantage of every opportunity brought forward!

The GM’s Perspective: First I have to say social media is a great thing, through Instagram we were able to set up this interview. Tell me about Natan Levy! How did you get involved in MMA?

Natan Levy: When I was a kid I used to watch boxing or kickboxing and when I found out there was this other type of fighting with smaller gloves and different rules it was so exciting at such a young age.

I got seriously involved in Karate and wanted to compete. One day my Sensei told our class that they were creating a reality tv show/MMA tournament in Israel and anybody who want to try and join the show can. It was sort of a Ultimate Fighter style type of show. It sounded perfect to me, but unfortunately the show got cancelled and never happened. I was training and so enamored with it that I still had to find a way to get involved.

GMs: According to your website, you said your karate training (seven years) was extremely difficult. Can you describe what that training's like for those who don’t understand your art.

NL: There's many different types of Karate and some of this doesn’t apply to all the disciplines, but the style I learned (Uechi-ryu) is very traditional and very old school. It’s real full-contact fights and self-defence. We would train three hours at a time till we were exhausted. We didn’t have an A/C and in Israel it’s already very humid, so you can imagine how tough it was. Our training made us stronger and got the body used to being hit and not being afraid of contact. This allowed us to not have any worries when we got in the ring.

GMs: Tell us about Syndicate MMA. What does that gym mean to you and how did you get started there?

NL: To me Syndicate MMA is my home away from home. My boxing coach, Jimmy Gifford took me there because it  was the place to be when I got to Las Vegas. He told me this is where you want to start your MMA training. People asked me why I didn’t go train at places like Team Couture or places where there are other UFC champions? To me it’s very simple and I have to do what’s right for me. Who’s going to pay attention to me as a new guy off the street. No one will give me the time or the support.

When I walk into the gym as a amatuer and I see other guys who are amatuers or amatuer champions, they’re doing something right. After a while guys start going pro and getting into the UFC. A lot of the fighters at Syndicate are younger and that’s who you want to be training with. They’re hungry, they’re competitive, and they want to get the next level.

GMs: A lot of people have different opinions about MMA; violent, barbaric etc...It’s actually the complete opposite; physical fitness, dedication, mental toughness, and accountability to not only yourself, but to the team.

NL: Exactly. People will tell you it’s violent and barbaric, but they’ve never done it. How can you speak of something you don’t understand?  

GMs: Is there any fighter that you mimic yourself after or one that you look up to?

NL: Not really. I think highly of a lot of people. I try to watch the fights as a fighter not a fan. It’s more of a study session if you know what I mean. I try learn from everybody and understand the ins and outs and rights and wrongs during their fights. I’m always asking questions and trying to be the best athlete I can be. 

GMs: You have some pretty notable credentials under your belt: 1st place-Gracie Worlds 2014, 3rd place-Israel National Jiu Jitsu Championship 2017, 1st place-ADCC Israel Submission grappling championship.

What does it take to place in these types of tournaments? What's the competition like? 

NL: At the end of the day there’s only one winner. When I won third place in Israel, I was proud of myself, but at the same time there's a sting to it. You’re so close to winning you know. And when 16 or 30 people are in the brackets, everybody’s gonna lose. 

You have to be a great shape, your stamina and recovery strategies must be top notch. And most importantly you must be mentally strong during the entire tournament. After four or five matches, you have to treat it like you’re in your first.

Every match you go into will be the most important one you’ll ever have. That’s the mindset you go in with. If you don’t win the first, you’re going home.

GMs: With three impressive fights under your belt, and two of those victories in under 60 seconds, what’s the plan going forward?

NL: Right now, I’m going to fight on Tuff-N-Uff, the biggest amatuer promotion in North America, specifically, Pack The Mack on June 17 in Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center.  Admission is free and you can watch it live on It could be some of the best fights you’ll see. You can’t overlook anyone.

If you want to connect with Natan on social media, follow him on TwitterfacebookInstagram, and on his website.

Devon is the Founder and Executive Director of The GM's Perspective. He is a former professional baseball player with the River City Rascals & Gateway Grizzlies. Currently, Devon is a Manager at a financial institution in Northern Ontario Canada, and can be reached at You can follow The GM's Perspective on twitter and Facebook. His full bio can be seen here

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
Arizona Winter League
Jury Jiu Jitsu
Myles Jury
OMG Cleaning Services