Mike Ricci Reveals His Intentions For Titan FC 27
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.28.2014
His mistakes are behind him...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Mike Ricci (8-4) spoke about his Titan FC 27 fight against Jorge Gurgel (14-9). The show airs tonight on the CBS Sports Network at 11:30 PM ET (8:30 PM PT) after preliminary fights at 10:30 PM ET.
On not looking past Gurgel: "I take everybody seriously. I made mistakes in the past, and learned the hard way about taking guys lightly. I don't take Jorge lightly at all. One thing my dad always taught me is, you can never play with experience. I don't expect him to lay down and take a beating. If I want to give him one, I'm going to have to go out there and do it."
On his past mistakes: "I guess just immaturity and lack of experience (led to them). I wasn't handed a manual, so I learned a lot of things the hard way. It just comes with the territory. Some things I caught on my own, and some lessons it's hard not to learn from them. Others come from talking to coaches and training partners."
On what will happen if Gurgel tries to turn it into a "dogfight": "If he does that, it'll be an early night for him. If he wants to go out there and swing and act crazy, I've sat people down before. It's impossible to predict something like that. It's all about the intention you bring to the fight. The intention I bring is to put Jorge away. If I have to beat him up for 15 minutes, i'll beat him up for 15 minutes. The (cage) is crazy, and anything can happen in there. When I'm focused and ready to fight, I vocalize it. Nothing's going to sway that in my mind. If Jorge wants to change that, he can come and try."