Before Mario Bautista tries to improve to 5-0 tonight at LFA 44 in Arizona, LIVE on AXS TV Fights, the fast-rising MMA Lab prospect spoke with FightBookMMA about his career so far and his fight this weekend.
How do you feel about your 4-0 record, so far?
I feel good about it, man. I’m just trying to keep getting those Ws and looking for those finishes. I feel pretty good about my record right now.
What’s the biggest reason behind your success?
I think it’s because I train at the MMA Lab. I train year-round and don’t take much time off after camps. The most I’ve taken off after a camp is a week. After camp, I’m in the gym, working out and constantly learning and working on my conditioning. I’m always in the gym.
How will it feel to be back on AXS TV?
It’s awesome. I’m glad LFA gave me the opportunity to put on a show again. Fighting for LFA is great, they’re one of the best organizations out there. I’m pumped.
When you’re on TV, do you feel extra pressure to put on a good show?
I thought it’d affect me, but once you’re in there you get focused on the fight. You don’t even notice the cameras. It makes it a lot less stressful for me, for whatever reason. I guess because I’ve always envisioned it with cameras and stuff. So, it doesn’t really bother me.
Will there be supporters in the building?
More friends than family. I’m originally from Northern Nevada, so it’s tough for family to make it out here. A lot of friends from MMA Lab and my co-workers will be there. The support I get from them is unbelievable.
What’s the most likely outcome of this fight?
Another finish. I’m going to be looking for a finish. It’s going to be a good fight, but that’s what I’m working for. I’m 4-0 with four finishes, so there’s no reason for me to go out there and not try to get the finish.
Any birthday plans?
Hopefully I’m feeling good afterwards, but I’m thinking about some Buffalo Wild Wings after the fight. That’s what I’m looking forward to.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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