Unbeaten lightweight Anthony Romero discusses his upcoming fight with Troy Wittman this weekend at King of the Cage: Showtime 2. The event takes place this Saturday at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagra Falls, NY.
“The Genius” talks about preparation for this weekend’s bout, how he got into martial arts as a kid and how that transitioned into an MMA career, his first ever fight, going from amateur to professional, his marquee win, how he likes the matchup on Saturday with Wittman and how he sees it playing out, the state of Canadian MMA and much more.
The 22-year-old also discusses getting an opportunity on Dana White’s Contender Series blocked by King of the Cage over the summer. Romero is ready to finish out his KOTC contract this weekend and enter the world of free agency for the first time as a professional fighter.
“My manager Matt Dodge has a relationship with the UFC and we’ve been sending them the latest fights,” Romero told MyMMANews.com. “They were impressed, the liked my record and that was pretty much it. The problem was that I had a contract with King of the Cage and, for some reason, they didn’t want to send one of their up and coming competitors to the UFC. It is what it is, I’m not going to complain about it. I’ve moved on because I believe that everything happens for a reason. I’m gonna finish this fight and then I know there’s going to be a lot of opportunities out there — LFA, CES, CFFC — there’s been a bunch of promoters trying to get me on their shows. I’m gonna live up to my end of the deal and finish this one fight off.”
While Romero is content with how his career is going and believing not getting the spot on the Contender Series could be a blessing in disguise, he is looking forward to his final minutes under his KOTC contract — capped off with his hand being raised in Niagara Falls.
“That’s a tough one to pick,” Romero said when asked about if he was looking forward more to fight night, or the day after where he’ll be a free agent. “I would say I have to look at what I have right now. You can’t do anything unless you get through what’s in front of you. Right now, my focus is to win this fight and then we’ll go from there.”
Check out the full interview with Canadian lightweight prospect Anthony Romero as he prepares to face Troy Wittman at KOTC: Showtime 2 in the video above.