Welland’s Matt DiMarcantonio pumped for long-awaited Canadian debut
CANADA (Sun, August 20, 2017)– Matt DiMarcantonio has fought professionally since 2009 and has nearly 25 fights under his belt. But on September 9 in Oakville, Ont., the Welland, Ont., product makes his long-awaited, highly anticipated Canadian debut at BTC 2. Before that, the CES vet sat down with FightBookMMA.
How did you find MMA to begin with?
I’ve been doing martial arts since I was a little kid. I’ve been involved since second grade and it kind of grew from there until sixteen or seventeen when I got into MMA.
When I was a little kid, I watched the Ninja Turtles movie for the first time. I thought it was the coolest movie in the world, so I told my dad I wanted to be a ninja. The next day, I was signed up for taekwondo lessons which turned into jiujitsu lessons and from there I got into striking and it kind of took off from there.
How do you feel about your accomplishments so far?
I’m pretty proud of it. I have a lot of pride in myself and what I do. I enjoy it more than anything – I love it – I love what I do and the lifestyle I’ve created for myself. MMA is all I do from morning to night, I train and I teach it to others.
How excited are you for this upcoming fight?
I am pumped. I’ve been fighting since 2009 and I have about 25 fights – I haven’t fought in Canada once. So this is my first time ever fighting in Canada and it’s close to home – Oakville is about an hour away. I am very excited, a lot of people are coming to watch – my dad is coming for the first time ever.
Does it add any pressure to have all of your local supporters in attendance?
Not at all. I’ve been fighting for a long time and I had to deal with pressure in the beginning of my career. Now, I do not care. I don’t care about the outcome and it doesn’t bug me at all anymore.
What can people in attendance expect?
They’re going to see a very exciting and quick fight. If we’re standing, I’m going to put him out. If he wants to engage in the ground game, there’s going to be some very slick jiujitsu. It’s my game if they want to take it there. It’ll be a quick submission.
Where would you like to go as a fighter?
We’ll see where it takes me. I’ve been here for a long time, now and I definitely want to go as far as I can go with it. So we’ll see what happens.
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