Lincoln, R.I. (Mon, October 16, 2017)– Before Rico DiSciullo tries to improve to 8-1 with another big win at CES 46 over former NCAA wrestler Justin King on Oct. 27 in Lincoln, R.I., LIVE on AXS TV Fights, the dynamic bantamweight checked in with FightBookMMA.
Do you know much about your opponent, Justin King, at CES 46?
Well, from what I know, he’s a really good wrestler. I’ve seen a little bit of footage on him and it seems like he always goes for the early takedown, he looks like a southpaw. I don’t really focus on him too much. I know that he’s a southpaw and a really good wrestler. For the most part, I go out there and feel things out. When you watch tape on guys, you don’t really learn that much. Fighters are constantly improving and changing things up. I find that with video, you don’t really see the things you do when you’re in there with them. I looked up a couple of different things. I had to make sure I knew a little bit about his style. I don’t want to go out there thinking he’s a wrestler and he’s doing capoeira or something… I just get his basics down and go from there.
Why have you only fought once this year?
One time I got sick right before the fight, then they changed my opponent and ended up getting really, really sick, so the fight got squashed, anyway. I’ve only fought once this year? I didn’t even realize that. I’ve had a couple of opportunities, but things just fell apart – whether it was the opponent backing out or me being sick. I used to have all kinds of issues with my sinuses and tonsils – I actually had them removed like five weeks before a Belator fight. I didn’t even know if I was going to be able to recover in time. I had sinus issues where my tonsils would hold bacteria and I would come down with strep or pneumonia right before fights. I worked around that and had my tonsils removed. Now it’s just a matter of being on top of my sinus issues, so I take certain medicine for that. It usually works out, now but it’s been a process to figure out. It always happened right before the fight because my face doesn’t drain fluids very well. I had a tendency to get sinus infections that would turn into other stuff. I feel like I seem to have some type of issue before every fight, whether it’s a broken nose or whatever – I always find a way to get through it. I’m used to it at this point. Everything’s going smooth right now, though, so I can’t complain.
What’s your expectation with this upcoming fight?
Go out there but be patient early on. I don’t want to be on my back with him laying and praying on me, I want the fans to get some entertainment out of it. I’m going to be patient early on and set up some shots and hopefully throw something he runs into and either finish him right away or stay really busy and active and just make him really uncomfortable in there until he makes a mistake and I can capitalize and finish.
Are there any fighters you’d compare your style to?
I remember, back in the day, when I was getting into MMA, I remember watching Mark Homenick and thinking, “wow, he kind of has a body type like me.” He was a precision striker so I liked watching him. His body type and style were similar to mine, he goes out there and picks people apart. He lets them make mistakes and finishes it. I like being original. I go out there and do my thing and do my best to finish fights. I don’t try to emulate anybody, I just want to get out there and showcase what I can do.
Do you expect to be in the UFC at this time next year?
Possibly. If I can get a couple good fights in in a row and get a little streak going. It could happen, for sure. I’m always looking to get to that next step. It’s very hard to climb the ladder in this sport and that’s all I’m trying to do – win fights and climb the ladder.