Getting established himself as anyone to check out on the amateur circuit in 2019, light-weight-heavyweight Zac Pauga was hunting to make 2020 a large first year as a pro, but points did not get the job done out as he predicted.
With Covid-19 wreaking havoc with scheduling, Pauga was only ready to get in just one bout in 2020, but nevertheless he seems to be at the positives the yr offered him even with the absence of exercise.
“Last 12 months was a tiny frustrating for me,” Pauga told MMAWeekly.com. “I wished to fight a large amount and sort of make a title for myself. That clearly didn’t occur. I only obtained in just one professional struggle for the yr.
“I was blessed to be section of Staff Elevation. We stored education. We broke into small teams and just did what we could to get far better. I felt like I’m certainly way superior right now than if I had the chaotic yr that I needed.”
In phrases of his recreation, Pauga feels like he included a skillset to his previously formidable pure talents to make him additional than a match for anybody he faces.
“Athleticism, energy, and energy will constantly be part of my activity,” said Pauga. “That’s what I leaned on heavily early in my battle occupation, but now I have the skills to back again it up to match some of these fellas who have been undertaking it their entire existence.”
On Friday in Park Metropolis, Kansas, Pauga (2-) will look to kick off his 2021 in a significant way when he faces Ashby Thomas (1-) in an LFA 98 main card mild heavyweight bout.
“For the place I want to go and what I want to do I want to make a statement,” Pauga mentioned. “I want to transfer speedy and make a title for myself, so I’ve obtained to go out there and be entertaining and make a assertion, and that’s what I approach on executing.
“I do not know substantially about (Thomas), so it’s far more about getting the ideal variation of myself: appear forward, toss significant pictures, get him on the ground and check out to end him with either a sub or ground and pound.”
Following having his 2020 campaign derailed, Pauga is established on producing up for it in 2021, operating his way up the ranks as rapidly as he can.
“I want to combat early and I want to fight normally,” reported Pauga.
“I’m not overlooking this a person, but I’d like to battle again at the conclude of February or at the commencing of March. I’d like to have two or 3 fights ahead of summer even. That is my approach, which is what I want, so I can go fast and make a title for myself, and show these greater companies what I can do.”
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