Tito Jones wants to prove hes amongst the elite in the bantamweight division when he fights Birchak at MFC 38 on Oct 4

September 24, 2013

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Tito Jones wants to prove hes amongst the elite in the bantamweight division when he fights Birchak at MFC 38 on Oct 4



One of the hottest topics today in the MMA bantamweight world is Tito Jones.   Jones will fly to Edmonton, Alberta on Fri, Oct 4 to battle Anthony Birchak for the MFC Bantamweight championship inside the ‎Shaw Conference Centre.

The Florida native has gone three-straight in his last three fights with his most recent victory over Larry DiGiulio.

His next opponent, fellow American Anthony Birchak who is riding a four-fight win streak with his last victory coming by way of decision at MFC 37 against the tough Ryan Benoit.

This fight has “fight of the night” honors written all over it.  After all, the fans voted Jones vs. Birchak has the MFC 38 main-event.

MMACanada.net caught up with Tito Jones to get more insight on his training and thoughts on fighting and becoming a champion here in Canada.

Q) Tito, your fighting a tough opponent in Anthony Birchak at MFC 38 on October 4, 2013.  Give us your thoughts on Birchak as a fighter and how you see this fight playing out?  I really don’t have too many thoughts on Anthony Birchak.  I’ve watched his fights and seen film on him and have seen everything that I feel I need to know.  My main focus is on myself and on my performance on Oct.4th.  I’m not training to fight Anthony Birchak, I’m training to go into the fight to be the best Tito Jones that I can be, and to show the MFC and the MMA World why I’m one of the best bantamweights in the business.  Anthony Birchak means nothing to me, but an obstacle that‘s standing in the way that I will have to be removed. 

 

Q)  Talk to us about your training camp, what have you been doing differently to prepare for someone like Birchak? I haven’t done anything different or special to train for Birchak; my training doesn’t revolve around my opponent.  I trained for six months at Arizona Combat Sports leading up to this fight.  I consider Arizona Combat Sports my home base for training, and have been fortunate enough to train under Trevor Lally the head coach and world class trainer of Arizona Combat Sports, along with all of the great top notch training partners at that gym.  The final stages of my training camp have been back in my hometown Panama City FL, where I handle most of my weight cut.  Here in FL I’ve been training with Panama City BJJ and the Centurion team.   The Centurion team specializes in Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Grappling, and this is where I’ve been refining a lot of my grappling game.  All in all I’ve had an awesome camp for this fight.  I train hard 24/7 so it’s like I’m basically always in camp and fight ready.  Stay ready so I don’t have to get ready.

 

Q) This fight is for the inaugural MFC bantamweight title and you are the veteran coming into this fight.  Does that play a significant adavantage knowing the experience is on your side?  I really don’t give too much thought to these types of things.  My job is to go out there and be my best and do what I need to do, and that’s my only concern.  I’m confident in every aspect of this fight.

 

Q) In recent articles, it says that you accepted the fight immediately and show signs that you are ready to go toe to toe with him and make it an exciting fight.  Is this statement going to be true come fight night? This isn’t ballet; of course I’m ready to go toe-to-toe with this guy!  If that wasn’t the case, then I’m in the wrong line of work.  I would definitely like the fight to be exciting for the fans sake, but if he does decide to go toe-to-toe with me, there might not be enough time for the fight to be exciting because the fight won’t last long at all.

 

Q) What does it mean to become the champion under the MFC banner here in Canada?  Becoming the MFC equals me justifying my existence.  It’s an aspect of fulfilling my legacy.  It’s also an honor to lay the foundation for the Bantamweight division in the MFC.  I have a personal liking towards Canada, and to give Canada a champion that they can count on to “bring it” every time also is something that I look forward to.  I know that the MFC is one of the top reputable shows out there, and when I win that Championship, it will serve as a significant achievement on my resume to help me make it to my ultimate goal in the sport.

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