Before undefeated Paul Elizondo ends his amateur career against Robert Duran in the co-main event of 559 Fights 63 in his hometown of Fresno, LIVE on FloCombat, the undefeated flyweight standout sat down with FightBookMMA.
How did you find MMA to begin with?
Wrestling. I started wrestling when I was six years old and did that for a very long time, all the way to college. I realized that grappling plays a big role in MMA and I had a wrestling background, so I just started from there, then branching out into the different disciplines.
After wrestling in college, there really wasn’t anything left. I wasn’t an Olympic-level wrestler, but I realized that at one point all of the UFC champions had wrestling backgrounds, so I knew that a good wrestler could become a good mixed martial artist if they put their mind to it, which is what I’m trying to do.
How do you feel about your perfect 5-0 record?
I feel good. I’ve been in there with top guys on the amateur circuit, and I think I’ve done well with them. Because it’s in Fresno, I want to do one more fight as an amateur before going pro.
What’s at stake in your fight?
I would say a lot. I push myself, so losing in front of my hometown is something that I don’t want (laughs). At the end of the day, a fight is a fight, and I can’t afford to lose any of them. I’m going to go in there and give it my all because the stakes are very high.
What’s the most likely outcome for this fight?
I think TKO. I think I can finish him in the second or third after draining his gas tank in the third. My cardio will push him, and I won’t slow down.
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