For light-weight Adam Piccolotti the onset of the novel coronavirus derailed the initial half of a yr he was hoping to use to create off a profitable near to his 2019.
As anyone who is consistently in the gymnasium, being forced into lockdown introduced Piccolotti with uncharted territory. Still, he did the best he could with what was available and pushed by means of things to a next 50 percent of 2020 return.
“I’d just occur off that large win in excess of Jake Smith (past September at Bellator 226),” Piccolotti explained to MMAWeekly.com. “I had all this momentum using. My confidence was by the roof. So for that to materialize and me not be able to go to my gym, not be ready to prepare, it was a massive screeching (halt).
“A few of people periods it was the longest I had hardly ever properly trained. I tried to keep mentally potent, make confident everything was great, and undertaking a great deal of zoom classes, and attempt to do what absolutely everyone else was accomplishing and just figure it out as it goes. “
When Piccolotti was in a position to function on his advancement a little, a bulk of his operate throughout lockdown was remaining combat-all set for when the contact to return to motion arrived.
“I was frequently in relationship with my coaches, frequently chatting with them and going over things,” said Piccolotti. “A lot of it was absolutely actual physical preparation.
“Especially at this issue in my profession a good deal of my progress does arrive from the talent work, with get in touch with, so it was a mixture of equally but absolutely much more of the conditioning than everything.”
This Friday in Uncasville, Conn., Piccolotti (12-3) returns to fighting for the initially time in almost a yr to face Sidney Outlaw (14-4) in a preliminary 145-pound bout at LFA 244.
“I think that I had the perfect size camp, I was in lots great condition, and I assume I’ll fireplace off on all cylinders. I have just obtained to go out there and complete and be Adam,” Piccolotti mentioned.
“I come to feel actually self-confident in the match-up. I know (Outlaw) is coming in potent, he’s going to be a great athlete and a good competitor, but I feel my skillset is really going to exhibit.”
When it will come to what could be subsequent for him in 2020, Piccolotti continues to be cautiously optimistic of a likely foreign excursion, but will choose items day by day until finally these types of points grow to be clearer.
“At this issue it is one particular fight at a time, especially with the journey things,” said Piccolotti. “I never know what Bellator has planned beyond this battle.
“I have seen the risk of a battle in Italy, and I know that could be environment my (hopes) a small significant for what is going on in the entire world, but I would love to battle in Italy. I have been indicating that due to the fact day 1, and that has not altered. If I can go out there and accomplish well and do my point, a struggle in Italy in October would be great.”