By: Nick Portella
Good day fight fans. Today we will sit down with a amateur MMA star Josh Aguero. Josh will be making his professional debut April 8, 2017 in Manassas, VA at Strike Off. Let’s have a seat and talk with Josh before his road to a title begins.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Josh: I would consider myself more of a mixed martial artist than a fighter. Being a mixed martial artist means a lot to me because I’ve spent the last 15 plus years training in martial arts starting with Wresting which lead to BJJ and ultimately MMA. I love getting in the cage and competing against someone that has been training specifically to beat me. All I am focused on is my MMA Pro Debut and I can’t wait to put on show and represent my coaches and teammates.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Josh: I wrestled in high school and a little bit in college and started training BJJ when I was 18 years old.
Nick: What belts do you have and in what disciplines?
Josh: I have a Gracie/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt under 8th degree coral belt Pedro Sauer, Black belt directly under Helio Gracie. I have 4 amateur MMA titles belts for various promotions.
Nick: With your professional debut coming up quick what was your amateur record?
Josh: My amateur record was 7-2 with 5 first rounds submissions and 1 TKO and 1 unanimous decision.
Nick: How long have you been with Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu Jitsu? Kaizen MMA?
Josh: I have been training under Professor Pedro Sauer since 2009, Aaron Riley MMA since 2010 and Kaizen MMA for the last year and a half.
Nick: With your fighting style do do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?
Josh: I Think I am a complete martial artist and can fight standing or on the ground but I started my training so I feel strongest on the ground.
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are, and what’s the thing you need to work on the most?
Josh: My biggest strength is my will to win, I push myself harder than the normal person is willing to push for the win. I would say I need to work on incorporating everything together and being more unpredictable.
Nick: People talk about the next generation of fighters all the time. There are always prospects hitting the professionals and making a splash. Do you feel that you represent the next generation of fighter in some ways? Do you feel any pressure to represent that next generation?
Josh: Yes I do represent the next generation of fighters being I’ve trained in all martial arts, but I don’t feel pressure representing the next generation honestly. I feel more pressure representing my coaches and teammates.
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?
Josh: I walk around at 160 and cut to 125 or 135 pounds. I start cutting weight about 2 months out from the fight and by the day of weigh ins I only cut about 2-3 pounds. I’m pretty lucky that my body can cut weight easily and I can make either weight class without a problem. I feel stronger and faster when I am cutting weight.
Nick: Although your professional debut is on the way is it a career goal to land a contract at UFC or Bellator? If not why? If so which one and why?
Josh: Yea I think that is the goal of any professional MMA fighter. My ultimate goal would be to make it to the UFC and win a championship belt.
Nick: You understand that marketing is important in this sport. Once you have some pro fights in the books will you be moving towards your own brand?
Josh: Yes I want to eventually move towards growing my gym, Aguero Jiu Jitsu.
Nick: Since you have made this journey what advice can you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?
Josh: Take your time and don’t rush it. Fights will always be theirs make sure you train smarter not harder.
Nick: Do you have any plans for after your fight on April 8?
Josh: Hopefully I will be competing in the Toro Cup BJJ tournament in June.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter past or present?
Josh: Bj Penn because he didn’t care about weight classes he fight anyone anytime no questions asked.
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be? Why?
Josh: I would love to have with whoever the UFC champion is when I get there.
Nick: Josh have you submitted to the takeover?
Josh: This is Josh Aguero and I have submitted to the takeover.
Josh would like to thank all his coaches, Professor Pedro Sauer, Aaron Riley, Neto Fernando, Nima Mazhari and all of his other coaches and teammates that have helped him get to where he is in his MMA career. Also wanted to give a shout out to his sponsor Forella Group LLC and to all my fans and supporters.
Josh may be making his professional debut but he handled this interview like a pro. He has a great attitude and is eager to get in the cage and put on a show. I would personally like to wish Josh the best in his career and hope that when he becomes a champion we can do this again. This is Nick Portella signing off for themmatakeover.com.