Matt Manzanares Interview Part I

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN)- Matt Manzanares sits down with Graham Hunter inside Black Dragon Martial Arts to talk about his upcoming flyweight title fight at RFA 14.

Graham
You fought nearly 100 amateur boxing matches before you ever got into the sport of mma and you like to get in there and try and finish guys. Talk about that mentality that you have that you don't want this fight to go the distance and you do want to finish it as quick as you can.

Matt
Definitely, I like to come out and pick my guys apart, work on my timing and make sure that every punch that I land is going to be very significant and effective. So, I just like to go out there and fight and I just gotta stay focused and keep an open mind. Whether the fight goes to the ground or keeps it standing, [I] look to land good shots and hopefully finish him.

Graham
Let's talk a little bit about your last fight, it was a tough fight against a guy in Zach Makovsky, real tough wrestler, [the fight lasted] five rounds, he got the win by decision in that one. Talk a little bit about the mentality shift. Has there been a mentality shift for you? Has there been anything that you felt like needed to change coming out of that fight? And if there was, what have you done differently in your approach to this fight.

Matt
Definitely, I think for the last camp I wasn't there mentally 100 percent. I was kind of beating myself up before the fight started. But this time I'm completely focused and I've been working hard and I've made a lot of sacrifices. I'm just really positive now, I'm in a good mindset right now and I think that's gonna play a huge factor in this fight.

Graham
Not only are you gonna get another shot but you get to do it right here in Cheyenne where you grew up, in front of all your friends and family. What exactly is that feeling like when you realize what a massive opportunity this is?

Matt
Oh man, it's been a great feeling. I've been, completely excited and I've always loved to fight here in town. Like you said, I'm gonna have all my friends and family, so I'm just gonna have complete 100 percent support from everybody there. But I'm not taking that as an advantage. I'm really working my tail off to come out and beat whoever they put in front of me. It's just a plus that I get to fight here and, ya know, I'm really excited.


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