Jay Nunes returns to the cage at 559 Fights 65 tonight in Visalia, Calif. Before that, the up-and-coming light-heavyweight checked in with FightBookMMA.
How did you find MMA in the first place?
It’s just something I’ve been into for a long time. It started off in the backyard, maybe ten years ago.
What’s kept you in the sport this whole time?
Just my love for competition. I love competing more than anything.
Is there anything better to you than stepping in that cage?
No, honestly, there’s not. I’ve done a lot of crazy things in my life and there’s nothing like when you get in there with the lights on you and the crowd going. It’s an adrenaline rush of its own.
Do you know much about your opponent?
I know he’s a muay thai fighter with a 4-7 record. I know he’s had one MMA fight. He’s 1-0.
Does it matter to you at the end of the day?
No, I try not to think about what they’re going to bring to the table. I just try to make sure my gameplan from my coaches goes the way we want it to go.
What’s the most likely outcome of this fight?
I’m honestly saying first round submission. I’m calling it. I’m going for it.
What will that mean to you?
It would mean a lot to me because I’ve been working extra hard on my BJJ over the last couple of years. I promised it to my coaches and everybody else, so that’s really what I’m trying for.
Where would you like to be in one year?
One year from now, I want to be pro.