What’s good fight fans today i will be sitting down with Ricky “El Numero Uno” Nuno. Ricky will be throwing down at Maverick MMA on April 7. Let’s have a talk with him and get to know him a bit better.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Ricky: To be a MMA fighter means a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice in order to obtain a goal we want to achieve.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
I started at a very young age around 6-7 years old, but was not introduced to certain grappling disciplines like wrestling and bjj until I was around 24 years old.
Nick: With only 5 amateur fight, what made you decide to go to the professional level?
Ricky: I had only 5 amateur bouts so a short amount of experience. Having success at the amateur level, being with the training group I was with at the time, and my age I felt it was time to go Professional.
Nick: What camp do you train out of? How long have you been with them?
Ricky: I have been training at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Bethlehem, Pure MMA and have also been training at LAW MMA. I don’t have one direct camp I am out of currently.
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are in the cage?
Ricky: Would consider my strengths to be boxing, striking abilities, athleticism and awareness in the cage.
Nick: People talk about the next generation of fighters, and I have heard your name in the mix. Do you feel that you represent that in some ways? Do you feel any pressure to represent that next generation?
Ricky: Yeah the next generation of fighters is something I am apart of but, I also never forget the legends or the basics from where I started. No pressure comes with that. It just shows the overall growth in the sport of MMA. You either grow or get left behind.
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?
Ricky: For me personally I make sure my weight is properly under control with a diet and training regimen to have me at the weight needed in order to do the final cut. I am only cutting 3-6 pounds for the actual “Weight Cut.” I use the Epsom salt bath method and it works out great with cutting the final pounds to make the weight I’m in contract for. For me personally no it does not have an effect on my strength.
Nick: What advice could you give up and coming fighters that are pursuing fighting as a career?
Ricky: My advice to the upcoming fighters is make sure to develop the fundamentals in all disciplines of MMA. Have a group of trainers/people that care about your well-being, take care of your body and get as much experience as an amateur as possible.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter past or present?
Ricky: I was a huge Bruce Lee fan and to be honest was the reason I got involved with MMA as a young kid. As far as my favorite fighter man it’s hard to answer because there are so many great fighters. I can’t just say one fighter so, besides myself and Bruce Lee I’ll go with UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal and Bellator’s Michael Chandler.
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be, why?
Ricky: My dream fight would be with any current Featherweight World Champion and the legend Bruce Lee. I can’t just choose one because I would like the experience with a legend and the opportunity to become a world champion by going up against a world champion.
I have to wish Ricky the best of luck on his fight. Hope to see you with your hand raised my friend. See you at Maverick MMA 1. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella.