Paul Elizondo is quickly establishing himself as a top flyweight prospect in his native California. This week, the former three-time amateur California state MMA champ tries to climb to 2-0 as a pro for Tachi Palace. Before that, he spoke with FightBook MMA.
How has camp been going for this fight?
You know what, man? It’s been great. I’m just rolling over from the last training camp. I feel great.
Has anything changed now that you’re a professional fighter?
You know what? Nothing. The only thing is that I get a paycheck (laughs). I’ve always kept it professional when it comes to my training and sponsors, and everything on that side of the sport. My objective in the cage hasn’t changed at all. Everyone says that I’m 1-0, but I think of myself as 7-0 because some of those amateur fights were harder than my pro debut. I’m sure some of them will be harder than some of my pro fights coming up.
What should fans expect at Tachi Palace?
Variety. Expect all-around Paul Elizondo. Solid boxing, kicks when I need them, my slams are there all the time. I feel good — better than ever.
What would you like to accomplish in the next 12 months?
Things are going really quickly in my pro career. I’m focusing on this fight, but I will be back in action in early December as well. January we’ll step back and look at my options. I’d love to get on with Bellator and build up my undefeated record throughout 2019.
What would you like fans to know about you as you continue your climb to a major organization?
I’m a competitor, I’m an athlete, and I’m a well-rounded, multi-faceted mixed martial artist. I want to be known as someone who brings it every fight, and someone who has an answer for every position you can find yourself in.
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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