We here at MMAMatrix.com had the pleasure to talk with up and coming Amateur flyweight Angel Cabrera who fights out of Eastern Michigan University's MMA Team. Cabrera is currently making an impact as well as a name for himself at eastern regional amateur events and currently sports a very good 3-1 record. Below Cabrera discusses with MMAMatrix.com his young career, his future, fighting for the worlds only University MMA team, even why he doesn't want to know anything about his opponents before he fights them and more.
You are part of Eastern Michigan University Mixed Martial Arts, what's it like being part of the only University MMA team in the world?
(A.C.) It feels like we might be starting a trend and that others schools might want to join in and do the same. MMA is a very disciplined sport that takes a lot of dedication in order to succeed. students at colleges could learn to apply that to their education.
Do you you have a fight coming up? if you do, tell us about the event (what, when & where) and your opponent and how you see this fight playing out in your mind.
(A.C.) Yes I am currently training for a fight happening March 16th in Jackson Michigan at the Michigan Theatre. I don't really know much about my opponent other but I want to step in the cage in dictate the fight my way from beginning to end.
You said once "Boxing is one of my favorites and wrestling is one of my strengths" how long have you been wrestling? What skill are you working on the most to round out your skill set?
(A.C.) I have been a wrestler for 8 years. Boxing is something a sport I grew up watching as a little boy with my family. I love keeping the fight standing for the most part. I am really working on my Brazilian Ju Jits Su so that I can have better outlooks when taking the fight to the grown.
You took a fight with only a day’s notice, defeating your opponent in only 28 seconds, is that a testament to your "fight readiness" because you're constantly training? what was the hardest part of taking a fight on such short notice?
(A.C.) Yes even when I don't have a fight coming up I still train just as hard. Other team mates might have fights coming up so you have to stay ready all the time in order to help and make them better overall. At first I did not know what to expect when i said yes to the short notice fight. I was nervous even the doctor noticed how bad i was shaking. My coach had faith in me in order to throw me out there like that so once that cage closed up I just thought of it as another sparring round back in our gym.
You have fought in different weight classes, have you decided to settle into one weight class or do you like the having the ability to move around?
(A.C.) I have decided to stay at 125 I feel strong there and that is where I will be fighting from now on. Some have approached me about cutting to 115 but I believe that just might be too much so I will continue to fight at 125.
If you had the chance, and regardless of the promotion, is there Anyone in particular you would love to fight? or do you have a dream match-up?
(A.C.) I can't think of anyone in particular I have only had fights in Michigan and I am not a local Michigan resident. I am from Chicago so I don't really know many opponents by name or any of that.
Tell us about why you choose not to know anything about your opponents, no video? no names? nothing?
(A.C.) I have always had that in mind when it comes to fighting. Even when I was a wrestler. I just don't like to worry about what they have to bring to the table. If you worry too much about a certain aspect of what could happen in the fight you limit yourself to making the fight go your own way. certain opponents might have certain strengths in one style of fighting or the other. You can always catch someone off guard like that because you might worrying about getting taken down that out of no where you might be getting knocked out by a punch or head kick. I just like to go in there make it my fight and make them fight my way.
What is the most exciting part of fighting in MMA for you?
(A.C.) The adrenaline rush you get when you step into the cage its like no feeling you can ever experience. I have made it to state for wrestling and not even that feels the same. It is just a feeling that makes you feel like you are at the top of the world. Plus the support I get from my family and friends it indescribable when I hear them chant my name it just makes me feel amazing.
As a fighter, where do you see yourself in 2 years?
(A.C.) I want to better myself in ever aspect of fighting that I possibly can. I want to attend professional camps to get more experience overall and hopefully end up going pro.
Is there anyone you would like to thank , Sponsors, team ect.
(A.C.) Thanks once again for the interview it really means a lot to me. I just would like to thank Energy Sports Complex in Lakemoore Illinois for helping me with all my fighting success so far. I wouldn't be anywhere without them. They are some amazing coaches and team mates. A big shout out to Lauren Foley for introducing to MMA Matrix and the EMU MMA Club. Special thanks to the Cabrera Family for always being there to support me. Also a big thanks to my Girlfriend for putting up with me when I am training everyone knows that when people are training hard and cutting weight sometimes they can get a little crabby. Thank you once again Rob for doing the interview.
Be sure to follow Angel Cabrera on twitter @cabrera21angel
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