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By Nick Portella
What’s up fight fans. Today I had the chance to sit down with one of MMA’s brightest talents. Raufeon “Supa” Stots has an amateur record of 1-0. He quickly moved into the pro’s and is holding a perfect 7-0 record. He will be taking his first shot at the Victory Bantamweight title on April 14. Let’s sit down with this Raufeon and talk about his career.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Raufeon: Fighting is a way for to test myself and get paid doing it
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Raufeon: I began wrestling my junior year in high school. I began training Mixed Martial Arts at 25
Nick: What belts do you have and in what disciplines?
Raufeon: I am currently a blue belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under Daniel Wanderley. I am a blue belt in kickboxing under Duke Roufus
Nick: What made you decide to choose fighting as a career?
Raufeon: My longtime friend Josh Smith was doing it and Jens Pulver convinced me to start fighting
Nick: With only five amateur fights under your belt, why did you decide to go to the professional level so quickly?
Raufeon: I felt as if I was successful enough to make waves in the professional circuit because the level of the amateurs I fought, my wrestling background, and my training camp
Nick: How long have you been with Roufusport MMA Academy?
Raufeon: I have been with Roufusport for almost two years
Nick: With your personal fighting style do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?
Raufeon: I am equally skilled on the ground and the feet, but it is dangerously fun to keep the fight standing because I like pitches, kicks, and other ill shit. Compliments of DRSU (Duke Roufus Striking University)
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are inside the octagon?
Raufeon: My biggest strength is my cage IQ and athleticism
Nick: What’s your favorite strike? Submission?
Raufeon: Flying knee is my fav strike and calf crusher is my favorite sub
Nick: People talk about the next generation of fighters frequently. Do you feel that you represent that with in some ways? Do you feel any pressure to represent that next generation?
Raufeon: I feel like I am definitely representing the next generation of fighters. I don’t feel any pressure to represent them because it just the way a train and fight naturally
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?
Raufeon: Instead of doing a heavy weight cut. I have change my life eating habits. In and out of camp I rarely eat red meat, dairy, and bread. Along with upping my running or anaerobic exercises, I usually have to “cut” about 5 to 7 pounds of water normally a week out.
Nick: Victory is one of the promotions making a splash in MMA and putting out top notch shows. If you become the bantamweight champion and move your record to 8-0 do you have any plans to try and get signed in the UFC or Bellator at some point in your career? If not why? If so which one and why?
Raufeon: I believe I am ready to make my run at the UFC bantamweight title in the UFC after I defeat Rob Emerson for the VFC bantamweight belt.
Nick: You understand that marketing is important in this sport. Do you plan on having your own brand at some point in time?
Raufeon: At some point in time I would love to have my own brand that I could turn into a youth center for troubled youth or poverty stricken youth.
Nick: April 14 at Victory 56 you will be facing off against bantamweight champion Rob Emerson. Seeing that 10 of his 11 losses have come via decision, did you up your cardio game to go the distance since he has not done well leaving the fight in the judge’s hands?
Raufeon: I believe my cardio will be important during this fight but I will be focused on trying to finish Rob Emerson every second of this fight. If he manages to make it out without getting finished there will be no doubt who the decision goes to…. me.
Nick: Do you have a prediction for how you will finish your upcoming fight?
Raufeon: Been working on developing punching power. I am really looking forward to another Knock Out in the Victory Cage
Nick: Seeing that there has been a lot of MMA related news lately one of the big one’s pertains to your weight class. What are your feelings on the Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw Feud?
Raufeon: I think it’s great! Especially for the bantamweights! Even though I’ve never met either one of these guys and they are potential opponents of the future. I like elements of both styles of fighting they both have and the feud and personal dislike that has came to be makes me even more excited about this fight.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter past or present?
Raufeon: The homie, the chosen one, Tyron Woodley!
Nick: What is next for you in the fight world? I know your fans are eager to know.
Raufeon: Hopefully after I take this belt, the UFC
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be? Why?
Raufeon: No one in particular comes to mind, but to be in a title defense fight in the UFC would be a dream fight because that means I’ve won the belt preciously haha
Confident words from a rising undefeated star. Raufeon would also like to thank his coaches and fans. I am excited to see his next fight and see where this business takes him. I am sure we will see again in the near future. Signing off for themmatakeover.com this is Nick Portella.