Peru’s Rodrigo “El Gato Loco” Vera is one of the most exciting prospects in the fight game right now. The Fusion FC Bantamweight Champion recently improved to 14-1-1 with a sixth straight victory in the Main Event of Fusion FC 53 in Argentina. Check out our interview with this top bantamweight prospect as we await his highly anticipated debut in the United States.
How did you find MMA to begin with? “I started as a fan of the sport, but I got bored just watching MMA at home on TV. I wanted to be a part of the show one day. And here I am.”
How do you feel about what you’ve accomplished so far? “I feel proud of myself because I didn’t give up when things were very difficult. This isn’t an easy sport, physically or mentally, but I’ve pushed through, and I still have many goals to accomplish.”
How do you feel about your record? “It’s just a number. I’m happy with how my fights have gone so far, but it’s just a number at the end of the day. I enjoy being in the cage. This is my life and I love it.”
Are you the best Latin American prospect in MMA right now? “I prefer to talk in the cage, you know? Latin America has many great athletes who will do well on the international stage. We’re a tough race; fighting is in our blood.”
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What is it that makes you different from other MMA prospects? “I always push forward. I never back down.”
How would you like to be remembered as a fighter? “I’d like to be remembered as someone who never backed down, and someone who tested their skills against the best fighters in the world. I want to be remembered as a guy who never stopped chasing their dreams.”
Do you have any hobbies outside of fighting? “I like video games and swimming.”
What would you like to say to the fans while you have this chance? “Believe you can do it.”
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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