By Nick Portella
Buckle up fans of the savage science. I got the chance to catch up with up and coming mma star Abdul Razak Alhassan. He has fought under several different promotions including the UFC and Bellator. He has a perfect 7-0 record ending every fight via first round KO/TKO. Pull up a seat and let’s get to know him a bit better.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Abdul: It means everything, I have always wanted to be an athlete, I wanted to be a judo Olympian, but I’m glad I found MMA.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts? What was the first discipline you trained in?
Abdul: I started martial arts at the age of 9-10 years. My first martial art was Shotokan Karate and then I found judo through my brother and loved it. So I decided to do judo instead. My brother would always take my friends with him to Judo but would never take me. I always begged him to take me but he would always ditch me or say no. So one day I just followed him to training without him knowing. The gym was about 20 miles away. I waited until he started training and I walked to the coach and told him I wanted to join. He got me on the mat the same day and I started. My brother was pissed as hell but I was happy and smiling.
Nick: What belts do you have and in what disciplines?
Abdul: I’m a judo black belt and blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Nick: What was your ameateur record?
Abdul: My amateur record is 5-0 in kickboxing. I don’t have mma amateur record.
Nick: What camp do you train with? How long have you been with them?
Abdul: I train with the Warroom, and I have been with him since my MMA career started. I also train at Reyes boxing and Strong Man Barrett.
Nick: You have seven professional wins all coming via way of knockout. Do you prefer a fight to stay on the feet or do you take what is given to you during the match?
Abdul: I take what is given to me but I will prefer if it stays on the feet. I don’t mind taking people down with my judo but why do so if I can punch and kick them in the face.
Nick: What would you say is your best attribute as a fighter? Greatest weakness?
Abdul: I always want to be the best at what I do, and I feel like that’s what drive me to always want to learn and do more. My greatest weakness I will say is pizza and Pho is those counts.
Nick: What’s your favorite strike?
Abdul: I will say my favorite is high and low kicks.
Nick: While carrying a 7 fight win streak in the pros do you feel that you represent the next generation of MMA fighter?
Abdul: I wouldn’t say I represent the next generation but I hope I do motivate or give someone confidence to want to try MMA and always wants to be the best and undefeated.
Nick: With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority. What methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?
Abdul: I don’t mind cutting weight because I have done it throughout my sports career but I always want to be on weight and come at the weight I’m expected to be. I feel like it’s cheating if I don’t. I will say I usually cut between 20-25 pounds. I will say after weight cut I don’t feel as strong as I think or know I am.
Nick: November 19, 2016 you faced off against Charlie Ward at UFC Fight Night 99. You knocked him out 53 seconds into the first round. Prior to entering the cage did you see the fight going that way?
Abdul: No I didn’t. I believe in myself and God and I knew God will pull me through and I will win. I didn’t think it will end that fast. I knew in me I will do anything and everything to win. It’s just that God just happen to bless me more with good wins.
Nick: What tips would you give young up and coming fighters just getting into the fight game?
Abdul: Just be confidence in yourself and always train hard and learn to listen and also be patient. Be respectful to your trainers and always make sure you listen and learn. It’s always good to be confident in yourself but never over confident.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter past or present?
Abdul: My favorite mma fighters I will say will be Fedor, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, GSP, and the Cowboy.
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone who would it be?
Abdul: I will say Anderson Silva.
Nick: Do you know when your next fight will be?
Abdul: I don’t know when my next fight will be but I’m hoping to fight on the Dallas card on May 13. UFC 211.
Abdul would also like to thank his coaches. Steven Wright, Bryan Barret, Tony Cabello, and all of his sponsors
Great interview from a great guy. I hope we get to see him in action on the UFC 211 fight card. Signing off this is Nick Portella for the mma takeover.