Chico MMA fighter prepares for UFC debut

CHICO, Calif. – Chico MMA Fighter Nick Maximov is making ready for his UFC debut.

I believe it is an incredible alternative, good gig, good opponent,” he mentioned. “It’s a pay-per-view card too which is basically cool. So I believe it’s going to have a whole lot of eyes on it.”

Maximov signed with the UFC in mid-June. His debut is ready for the top of September towards Karl Roberson, who has eight UFC fights below his belt.

“He’s a really robust first battle however that is what had been in it for,” Maximov mentioned. “The harder guys, the higher guys. Not the tomato cans or something like that. That’s not what we wish.”

Nick’s first UFC battle was presupposed to be towards Roberson on June 19, however Roberson backed out. Now, the Chico High School graduate is again within the fitness center, making ready for him as soon as once more.

“He is the one which pulled out initially,” Maximov mentioned. “The UFC principally mentioned you must undergo with it otherwise you’ll get reduce to the opposite man. So he went via with it and now we’re presupposed to battle September 25.”

Even along with his debut developing, Maximov is not altering his coaching routine.

“Our exercises shall be a bit of extra vigorous and perhaps add a few runs right here and there,” he mentioned. “But actually it does not change for me. In actuality, I’m all the time coaching 2-3 instances a day typically. I’m gonna preserve it like that as a result of it really works for me.”

What is altering, is his weight.

“I normally stroll round 210, 205-210 generally a bit of heavier,” Maximov mentioned.

For this battle, he’ll should drop about 25 kilos, right down to 185.

“Right now, it is all about weight-reduction plan and consuming proper,” Maximov mentioned. “Slowly chopping out increasingly energy as time goes on. It sucks however its a part of the sport. That’s undoubtedly the worst half is the burden chopping.”

So how does Maximov see his UFC debut going?

“I see myself in all probability submitting him, ideally,” he mentioned. “I attempt to think about it with going with the circulation. Just seeing what the world does for me on the time.”

Maximov seems to remain undefeated as knowledgeable fighter. He’s 6-0. 

UFC 266 begins at 7pm PT on September 25. 

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