By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans. Today I had the chance to catch up with Anthony “The Bengal” Baccam. Anthony will be fighting for the MCC lightweight title on April 14. Let’s take a seat with Anthony and get to know him.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Anthony: It is all about overcoming adversity. I keep moving forward and get past every task that arises.
Nick: At what age did you begin your training in martial arts?
Anthony: I started Taekwondo in elementary school. I wrestled throughout middle and high school. I looked into Muay Thai after high school and it evolved from there.
Nick: You have wins coming via submission and KO/TKO with an 66% finish rate. Do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?
Anthony: I try to figure out what my opponents weakness is and exploit it. I am well rounded so it doesn’t matter to me. I am comfortable anywhere.
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are in the cage?
Anthony: My heart for sure. I won’t stop until I can’t go anymore, the ref stops the fight, or the time runs out. I will not quit.
Nick: Do you feel that you represent the next generation of fighter in some ways?
Anthony: I believe so. I can pull off some unorthodox techniques that you do not see very often.
Nick: 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?
Anthony: I walk around between 160 – 163 pounds. I stay healthy year round so I only have to cut around 8 pounds. I don’t really have anything to cut. I don’t believe that it has any affect on me.
Nick: You have the nickname The Bengal. Who gave it to you and why?
Anthony: My ex girlfriend gave it to me. She said the way I take people down looks more like a pounce from a jungle cat. Also my pace in the cage and the fact that I am lanky. That is where the Bengal was born and it stuck.
Nick: Since you have made this journey what advice can you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?
Anthony: Train consistently. Never take months off at a time. You will always get better in the time training outside of training camp. Your full attention is is learning and not the fight at that time.
Nick: You will be facing a tough opponent in Demi Deeds on April 14 for the MCC
lightweight title. Do you have a prediction for the fight?
Anthony: He is athletic, strong, and has a lot of experience. I am all of that and more. I believe that I will keep the pace going and TKO him in the third or fourth round. He will either have to quit or be finished.
Nick: Anthony have you submitted to the takeover?
Anthony: This is Anthony “The Bengal” Baccam and I have submitted to the takeover.
I would like to wish Anthony the best of luck in his upcoming fight and the rest fio his career. It was a pleasure to speak with him. Signing off for The MMA TakeOver this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA