Who We Are

Fighting Stance Media is a Pennsylvania-based martial arts journalism outlet founded in 2016.

What We Do

We interview fighters, amateur and professional alike, sharing their stories with the goal of bringing to light the unique journeys and personalities of athletes in combat sports. Interviews can be conducted in person, at events, via email, or by phone.

Reporter / Writer: Luke Payson

Luke Payson is a multi-sport coach who is passionate about motivating and encouraging athletes on their competition journey. He earned a Master’s in Clinical Counseling from Waynesburg University, is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and feels his calling is to empower others to make their voices heard. Fighting Stance Media combines his passion for MMA with his skills in networking and interviewing.

Luke served five years as an assistant coach for a collegiate track and field team with success including athletes competing in regional and national championships and earning All Conference and Conference MVP honors. In 2014 he founded PursuitMMA, where he served as coach and trainer. He holds several coaching and corner-related certifications. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing.