It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for Dylan Budka.
In 2020, the Baltimore native was competing in wrestling at Notre Dame College in Ohio, when the pandemic ended his season and he was sent back home.
He spent the rest of the year training to make his transition to MMA, and finally made his debut in January.
Since then, he’s stayed as busy as any fighter in the world, competing eight times in amateur MMA and seven times in amateur boxing. He’s posted a 6-2 MMA record and was 7-0 in boxing.
And finally, on Saturday he’ll compete for the last time as an amateur when he faces Dylan Rinck for the heavyweight title at Premier MMA Championship in Northern Kentucky.
Despite having more fights in a year than many amateurs do in five years, Budka knows he’s still very green.
“We were just waiting for me to turn into the fighter that I’m supposed to be, because the first few fights, I’m still a rookie at this,” Budka said. “It took a few fights for me to let these hands go, because I’m trying to outwrestle everybody.”
“I’ve still only shown like 20% of what I can do.”
Check out the full interview with Dylan Budka above. Premier MMA Championship 17 streams via iPPV on CombatSportsNow.com.
David McKinney has covered MMA since he was in high school in 2008. A former co-owner of BluegrassMMA, he currently hosts the Beers and Beards and Brewery Adventures podcasts. He covers regional MMA in the Midwest with a focus on Ohio.