CALIFORNIA (Thu, May 4, 2017)– Before top bantamweight prospect John Castañeda (12-2) goes for his eighth straight win against UFC vet Chris Beal at Combate Americas on Friday in Ventura, Calif., the red-hot up-and-comer sat down with FightBookMMA.
How did you find MMA to begin with?
Mixed martial arts was an easy transition from wrestling, which I had done my whole life. I started training MMA in high school at a local gym, but it was my first year of college that I got introduced to another team and it really took off. Since then, I’ve loved it, and I quit wrestling and then focused on my schooling and MMA.
What did you go to school for?
I double-majored in criminal law and Spanish, and I got a minor in social work as well.
Do you currently work outside of MMA?
MMA is what I dedicate 100-percent of my time to now.
How do you feel about what you’ve accomplished so far?
I feel good about it, but I feel there’s definitely a lot more yet to accomplish. I have accomplished some goals, but I want to keep climbing that ladder until I’m the best in the world. I want to keep my momentum going and fight the best in the world, to prove that I belong in that conversation.
Is this the biggest opportunity of your career?
I say that about all of my fights, especially with the last five bouts, but Chris Beal just got cut by the UFC and he’s fought and been successful at the highest level. This is going to be a fight that puts me on the radar. This will be my eighth straight win, and Chris has a good name. It will be good to put him away.
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