Mark “Sharky” Slyter guns for finish at Shamrock FC 328: “Shorter fights make longer careers!”

Mark “Sharky” Slyter is back in action at Shamrock FC 328, looking for his sixth career victory versus the unbeaten Paris Padilla, on Feb. 22 in Kansas City, Mo., LIVE on FITE. Before that, he spoke with Fightbook MMA.

How did you find MMA to begin with?

I grew up wrestling. One of my friends who I grew up wrestling with, Tyler Stokes, was fighting. I went to his pro debut and I knew immediately that that’s what I wanted to do.

How do you feel about what you’ve accomplished so far?

I feel good, but I’m not content at all. I took a loss in my last fight, so I’m hungry to get a finish and get back in the win column. I’ve fought on some pretty tough shows, I’ve trained with a lot of high-level training partners and coaches — those are the things that I’m most happy with, that have come with my career.

It seems like only once or twice you’ve taken a guy with less experience than you. Has your philosophy as a fighter always been to take the toughest fights available?

Yes, definitely. Even when I was an amateur, I wanted to fight the toughest guy available to work my way up the ladder as fast as possible. A lot of times when I was pretty green promoters wouldn’t give them to me, but I’ve always asked for the toughest fights possible. The tougher guys you beat, the faster you move up the ranks. MMA is a tough sport, so if I’m going to go out there and take that risk, I want it to be a tough challenge — I don’t want anything easy. I love fighting the best in the game, man — that’s what it’s about. A lot of guys are looking to take the easy way out, and I just can’t process it. Sometimes there are only so many options, but the fights that are most meaningful to me are the ones that were most challenging.

What does your opponent, Paris Padilla, bring to the table?

You know, I don’t really know what to expect; I can’t really find any footage on him. I’m just expecting a fist fight. Go out there, rely on your preparation and just fight. I’m going to be ready for anything, because he’s a guy who comes out hot and looks to finish the fight early, because he’s 4-0 and most of his wins have come quickly. I expect a tough fight, and I’m excited.

What’s the ideal finish for this fight — KO, submission or three-round war?

Getting the finish is always my goal. When I first started as a pro, my biggest goal was to get the win by any means necessary. Now my goal is to get the finish by any means necessary. I feel like I can finish my opponents in any position. Shorter fights make longer careers — get in, get out and try not to take too much damage. But, at the end of the day, I’d rather get hurt and win than not get hurt and lose. I’m really hungry to get a submission or a KO — it’s all the same to me.

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