Q & A with Anthony “The Bengal” Baccam

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.  

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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

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