Combat Vision MMA spoke to Paul Evans after his unanimous decision victory over Julio Calcina at Cage Warriors The Academy Northwest on Saturday night. Paul has now won five of his seven amateur MMA fights.
Congratulations on getting the victory, Paul. How did it feel to get your hand raised tonight.
“Thank you very much. Yes, it felt great to get my hand raised. I worked hard for this fight”
Could you tell our readers about how you deal with fight week. From getting into the zone, dealing with the weight cut and rehydrating for fight night.
“Well basically fight week was mainly about resting up, recovering and visualise about getting my weight down”
I understand from Facebook you commented this was not the easiest of weight cuts for you. Is there a particular reason for this and would you do anything differently for your next cut.
“Yes, it wasn’t the best cut. Because, I hadn’t fought at bantamweight for nearly a year, so I kind of forgot how hard and strict you need to be to make it down to 61.7. I will just be a lot stricter with the diet next time”
Julio beat you back in 2015. How did you mentally focus on the current fight and not so much of the performance from two years ago. From being in the locker room hitting the pads to making the cage walk.
“Well, the last time we fought we went to war. So, I knew I had to be the smarter fighter this time. Last time, I lost on a split decision and it was so close. I knew, that in the 2 years since we last fought that I had evolved a lot more as a fighter than Julio. I was quite confident going into this fight”
Looking at your fight night performance, Paul. You scored three takedowns with beautiful precision and accuracy to then control the fight on the ground. How much of this process was part of the strategy.
“Julio hits hard. I felt his power in our first fight, so I knew I couldn’t just go out there to stand and bang. I needed to be smart, we had been working on a lot of takedowns and ground control for this fight”
How happy were you with your performance on the night and was there anything you will take away from this fight to work on for the next training camp.
“To be honest, I am not that happy. I think I have a lot more to offer than I showed. But, a win’s a win at the end of the day”
What does 2017 have in store for Paul Evans.
“I think maybe another title fight or two and then hopefully turn professional towards the end of the year”
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