Maverick 3 will be held in Strousburg, PA at the Sherman Theater at the end of September. There, Michael DeLouisa will be entering the cage challenging Stephen Zakarauskas.
Delouisa is looking to continue his very impressive (4-0) start to his MMA career, or what he calls a “hobby.”
Talking with DeLouisa for the first time (audio below), and never having seen him in action, I couldn’t help but get the feeling that this young man is going to have a very successful run in the cage and make a name for himself. Wrestling since childhood and then into college has helped mold Michael into a well grounded, student of the game.
He has surrounded himself with some of the best in the business. He calls Professor James Meals, “my crazy uncle.”
Michael loves the relationship he has developed with his head trainer and gets to practice with some of the best in the sport.
DeLouisa also realizes how important the mental part of mixed martial arts is, and is always working on his craft both in and out of the cage. DeLouisa seems to thrive on the hard work necessary to develop all aspects of the art. Weight cutting and cardio come natural to him. He’s been doing that for practically his whole life.
He started watching the UFC, and admired guys like Urijah Faber, and his transition from wrestling to MMA came naturally.
DeLouisa has been on the mats with guys like Frankie Edgar, Marlon Moraes, Nick Catone, and has taken note when seeing a man like Mark Henry using a tablet to assist him in everyday training. I really enjoyed talking to him. Please listen in below. Michael has a clear respect for what he is doing and is a pleasure to listen to.