Interview by Nick Portella
What’s up fight fans. Today I had the chance to catch up with CFFC Heavyweight champion Zu Anyanwu. Besides being the champ Zu is a prospect for organizations such as UFC, Bellator, and WSOF. I can say that he is an awesome guy. I had the chance to meet him in person and it was great. On a side note he was great with his fans young and old which is also in my mind important to the sport.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Zu: It’s a good hobby. I’m all about competition.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Zu: I was 27/28 when I got into Jiu-Jitsu. I took it from there.
Nick: What belts do you have and in what disciplines?
Zu: Pat Stano, Jebb Cobb, Erik Purcell blessed me with a Sergio Penha BrownBelt,
Nick: With an amateur record of 2-0, why did you decide to go to the professional
level so quickly?
Zu: Getting hit by heavyweights in the face for free sucks and felt I at least had a good enough ground game to step up to the Pro Level.
Nick: How long have you been with MPR?
Zu: I have been with them for about 3 to 4 year. It is a very good fit for me.
Nick: What would you say your biggest strengths are?
Zu: My awareness
Nick: What is your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight?
Zu: My over hand twisting cross. It’s different than your regular overhand.
Nick: The next generation of fighters is a term we hear very often. Do you feel that your fighting style represents the next generation of professional mixed martial artists?
Zu: Nope that next generation is doing some off the wall stuff.
Nick: Cutting weight and fighter safety is always 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?
Zu: I don’t know anything about cutting weight. I drop about 15 pounds when I train from a fight. That just comes off from hard training.
Nick: CFFC is one of the local promotions that has been putting on excellent shows. Some fighters have gone through there and ended up with contracts in the UFC. Do you have any plans to make the jump to UFC or Bellator?
Zu: Yes I do, just sitting out waiting right now. Had 2 UFC “almost” call ups for UFC Houston and UFC Brooklyn before CFFC 63. It’s just a matter of time. I did all I need to do at this level so just going to wait and train. Some of the top Managers in MMA have been in contact with me but we will see who comes through in the clutch.
Nick: Your nickname is the Zulu and 3TC from what i have read. How did you get those and who gave them to you? Every nickname has a story.
Zu: Well Zulu was childhood nickname really. Lately it has been 8th Wonder or 3TC. They pretty much both speak for themselves
Nick: With marketing being such an important part of a career, are there plans to have Any products made specifically for you for sale?
Zu: If the money is right I’m always down for anything. Been working with a company HIQ High Energy Drink dropping in mid 2017.
Nick: At CFFC 63 you faced Shawn Teed, another local fighter in the hunt for a title. While round one was a great round for both of you, you picked up the pace in round 2 and finished the fight via TKO. Did you see the fight going the way it did prior to entering the octagon?
Zu: Round 1 was not really that great for me. You can say it was a feel out round. I like to see their habits in the first couple minutes just to see how I’m going to end them. We knew we were gonna get the KO, no doubt about that.
Nick: You have a large following in the CFFC fan world. What is it like to know that you are a fan favorite anywhere that you fight due to personality, fan interaction, and showmanship?
Zu: I guess everyone loves a Heavyweight, plus I’m not your average bear.
Nick: What’s next for you in the MMA world?
Zu: I’m shooting for the UFC Heavyweight Title, no bullshit.
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be? Why?
Zu: Anyone in the Top 5 of the UFC.
Nick: I have to ask for the fans, any spoilers or breaking news coming from you in the near future?
Zu: Have to wait and see just like me.
Well i have to say I enjoyed meeting with Zu and doing his interview. This is the definition of determination. I have a hunch that you are going to be seeing him on the big stage sooner than later. This is Nick Portella signing of for TheMMATakeOver.com.