When the novel coronavirus has altered almost every aspect of daily life for most men and women, for welterweight Christian Aguilera the pandemic lockdown didn’t stop up affecting his occupation as significantly as it may possibly have other people.
In accordance to Aguilera the timing of items ended up falling in line with the way his profession experienced been participating in out to this level, so he did not see as much as an influence as some fighters did.
“Nothing definitely changed,” Aguilera advised MMAWeekly.com. “At the start off of the 12 months I was striving to get a battle in at the finish of January, so this is about proper on agenda trying to get in a few or 4 fights in a yr. This is about typical for me.
“I’m continue to schooling, continue to likely to the gymnasium, almost the similar factor. The nighttime practices were a tiny bit more difficult to obtain, but that just manufactured me target on cardio a tiny bit additional. We built because of. I experience very good.”
1 thing the pandemic might have changed Aguilera’s profession is how rapidly he’d get into the UFC. Initially hoping to get an chance to contend for a roster location, he was in a position to get directly into the promotion rather.
“I was not 100% confident, but we have been hoping for a Contender Series, but this is way superior, so it labored out pleasant,” said Aguilera. “It was tremendous exciting to get the phone. It’s been 10 several years ready, ready, ready, so we at last acquired the get in touch with, and I’m all set and super enthusiastic for it.”
This Saturday in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aguilera (13-6) will make his marketing debut at UFC Fight Night: Eye vs. Calvillo in a welterweight preliminary bout against fellow newcomer Anthony Ivy (8-2).
“It appears to be like (Ivy’s) a good grappler,” Aguilera said. “It appears to be like he’s’ heading to consider to push me in direction of the cage and try to take me down. So if I can just stop his recreation and place my video game in (I can get the earn).
“I feel like I’m superior than him pretty much almost everywhere. No subject where by the struggle goes I’m assured we’re going to get it carried out.”
Even though Aguilera is searching to go on his 2020 unimpeded as a lot as attainable, his primary focus is on what’s immediately in front of him. All other considerations are for his team to deal with.
“I surely want to get in a couple additional fights this year, but I like to choose them fight by combat,” mentioned Aguilera. “Looking (ahead to what is upcoming) is what my coaches are for, what my supervisor is for, my job is to go in there and fight the man in front of me.
“As very long as I can get that carried out and put on a good efficiency, superior things are likely to continue to keep happening.”