By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I had the chance to catch up with Francisco “Cisco” Isata. Cisco has a healthy 11-4 record while holding the Strike Off lightweight title and the Shogun Fights featherweight title. Cisco will be stepping into the cage once again June 17 at Strike Off 10 with plans to claim the featherweight title for that promotion. Let’s take a seat with Cisco and get to know him.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Cisco: I love manhandling other human beings.
Nick: At what age did you begin your training in martial arts?
Cisco: I was born a mother fucking fighter! Grrrr….
Nick: You are a versatile fighter with wins coming in every way possible. Do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?
Cisco: I love standing karate, but ground karate is my thing.
Nick: What camp do you train out of and how long have you been with them?
Cisco: I fight out of Standard BJJ. (aka #BullyTacticBJJ aka #3HP aka #ScalawagsBJJ aka #GymHopperBJJ aka #CreonteBJJ)
Nick: What would you say your best attribute inside the cage?
Cisco: I would have to say my abs.
Nick: Do you feel that you represent the next generation of fighter in some ways?
Cisco: I sure do, and they better pay homage when I’m old and can’t walk.
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?
Cisco: It depends on how fat I was prior to getting the fight. If you cut correctly it should be an advantage.
Nick: Since you have made this journey what advice can you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?
Cisco: Don’t trust most of these gym owners/coaches or promoters. 80% have no idea what they are doing. They aren’t in it for you or your career they are in it to get a name of off your hard work, sweat, and blood. You also have to be personable.
Nick: You will be facing a tough opponent in Ratioender Melo on June 17. How much do you know about your opponent prior to getting into the cage?
Cisco: They are all the same to me.
Nick: Do you have a prediction for the fight?
Cisco: The referee is going to ask us if we’re ready. We will both say yes then we will attempt to punch each other.
Nick: Should you claim a second weight title under the Strike Off promotion and push your record to 12-4 what is next for you in the world of MMA?
Cisco: WHEN I claim the second title I will have two titles from Strike Off. Then I’ll be looking to beat up another featherweight.
Cisco would like to thank Standard BJJ as a whole. Shout out to Sucker Punch Entertainment and all my supporters (s/o to Tub). I also have to give my mom a huge thank you for the great genetics she gave me. Mostly my chest, abs, and these sexy legs. Thank you to my coaches Jake Tran and Greg Souders for making me what I am today. Most importantly all the food I’m going to eat on June 18th.
Well, I have to give thanks to Cisco for taking some time out of his training schedule to talk with me. I wish him all the best in his quest to be a two weight champion. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA