(Thur, April 13, 2017)– Before American Kickboxing Academy prospect Austin Liu returns to action at 559 Fights 55, the dynamic up-and-coming amateur fighter sat down with FightBookMMA.
How did you find MMA in the first place?
It dates pretty far back. Being a young kid growing up, I was really into martial arts movies. My dad was also involved in martial arts. My dad took me to taekwondo, and the rest is history.
So it was a fairly natural transition to MMA?
I would say so. I picked up striking pretty fast.
What do you like to do outside of MMA?
Not much, to be honest (laughs). I’m fully absorbed in this; everything I am, I put into MMA. I do have a job on the side, but the goal is to go professional one day and not have to have a job.
Your last fight was a little controversial in that a lot of people had you winning, except the judges, as it turned out. Does that affect how you’re approaching the rest of your career?
The plan is always to destroy my opponents. I never want to leave it in the hands of the judges. Everyone knows I won that fight, and I’m still trying to kill whoever they put in front of me.
How excited are you for this next fight?
I’m very excited. I’m fighting a striker, so he’s not going to try to take me down. I don’t want to say it will be a war, because that would imply it’s going to be an even fight. It’s going to be one-sided, but it’s going to be fun.
Knockout, submission or three-round battle?
I highly doubt it goes to a decision. I think it’ll be done by the time the second round is over.
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