RIO RANCHO, NM (Sun, November 5, 2017)– Drako Rodriguez went against Derek Perez on the KOTC: Next Level event on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Rodriguez made his professional debut after an undefeated amateur career (13-0).
Rodriguez is also one of the 2016 KOTC World Amateur Championship professional contract winners. After defeating Perez via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in the 1st round, Drako sat down with FightBookMMA about his win and whats next for him.
Thank you for taking the time to talk with me Drako. For the fans out there, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m 21yrs old and from Eagles Pass TX, but grew up here in Sioux City IA. Not a lot to say about me other than that I’m goofy, love to joke around, and love to beat people up.
MMA or Combat Sports in general is something that people don’t choose as their career, what made you decide to become a Pro MMA fighter?
I’ve always enjoyed fighting. When I was growing up, my friends and family would fight and wrestle all the time. It’s just something we did to have fun. When I first thought about fighting I went into one of the local gyms ans asked them to get me a fight. I really didn’t want to train or anything, I just wanted to fight and try it out. The coaches there, who are still my coaches today told me that if I dedicated myself to 1 year of training they would make me a Champion. Now here I sit today holding 4 Amateur Title, 3 of those are World Titles and I am still undefeated.
Where do you currently train at?
I train at One Combat Academy and Red’s Boxing Club. They’re located at Four Seasons Health Club in Sioux City, IA
You made your Pro Debut on the KOTC: Next Level card and won, can you tell us how it felt winning your pro debut?
It was kinda Crazy. The crowd was huge and loud and I really felt like they were rallied behind me! The Siouxland fans are great! As far as how I felt, it really didn’t feel any different, until I got my check. That made me happy! (Laughs)
Was training different coming into this fight because it was your first pro fight? Or was it business as usual.
Business as usual. I’m always training and want to be ready for any opportunity. Work and the gym, that’s all I do.
After this win, what can we expect from you in the near future?
I have my Professional Boxing Debut on November 17th, that will be streamed live on Facebook so I am pretty excited about that. Then I will be competing again on January 13th for King of the Cage here in IA. My goal is one fight at a time until another KOTC title is around my waist and I’m signing a contract with the UFC.
How do you feel about your accomplishments so far either in MMA or life in general?
Honestly, I had never expected to do what I have done so far and I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. To be ranked #1 in the Midwest as an Amateur going into my Pro career, I know that makes my family proud and that makes me very happy. I am very blessed and thank God everything.
Drako again thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. Any sponsors or anyone you want to shout out the floor is yours?
I want to thank my sponsors:
A-Gordon Jewelry and Loan
Studio 83 Holistic Wellness
1st Step Chiropractic
Four Seasons Health Club
I have to thank all my coach and manager for keeping me on track. All the fans in the Sioux City area for supporting me and coming to watch me compete. My Family for putting up with me during weight cuts (laughs). Most of all I thank God.