Zach Scroggin defends Shamrock FC championship in battle of unbeaten middleweight studs at Shamrock FC 328

Undefeated amateur champ Zach Scroggin is back in action at Shamrock FC 328 on Feb. 22 in Kansas City, Mo., LIVE on FITE. The promising 23-year-old is defending his Shamrock Amateur Middleweight Title against fellow unbeaten fighter Tristan Overvig. Before that, he checked in with FightBook MMA.

How did you find MMA to begin with?

My dad was always a fan of the sport and I grew up watching it with him. At the same time, I was always interested in going into law enforcement, and I thought jiu-jitsu would compliment that perfectly. I got into jiu-jitsu in high school. I did that for a couple months, then eventually I started training. I got my first fight and fell in love with it ever since.

Why MMA?

I just love competition, really. I played basketball in high school, and I love the feeling of competing against someone, giving it everything, and seeing what happens.

Do you have any idols in MMA?


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My coach right now, Kelvin Tiller, is definitely one. He’s so smart with the sport and I’m just trying to soak everything up. In the UFC, I’d say Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones right now.

How much of an impact has Coach Kelvin had on your career?

Pretty much everything that I’ve learned, I owe to him. He’s not a teacher who tries to push you one way or to make you fill a preconceived mould. If you’re flowing with something, he’ll help guide you and maximize your potential. I owe a lot to him.

Do you know a lot about your upcoming opponent?

I know he’s 5-0 too. He’s got really good jiu-jitsu, with all five of his wins coming via submission. This is a good test for me, because I’ve never really been to the ground. My jiu-jitsu is actually pretty good (laughs). I’ve been with my new jiu-jitsu gym for about eight months, so I’ll be comfortable wherever the fight goes.

How exciting is it that you get to potentially show off an aspect of your game that you haven’t really shown too much of yet?

It’s really exciting. I’m sure his plan is to try to take me down and try to hold me down. Even if he is able to take me down, I’m comfortable wherever the fight goes, standing up or on the ground.

What are your long-term goals in MMA?

I’d like to go pro by the end of this year and really just see where it goes. I think turning pro at 24 sets me up nicely. It’ll be interesting to see how far I can go. I’m working really hard to make it happen.

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