By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today we will sit down with MMA fighter Jon Romero. Jon recently won his fight at Maverick MMA 1 in the first round via rear naked choke. Let’s take a few minutes and talk with Jon.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Jon: That’s a great question. It’s more than what people and other fighters think it is. For me it’s more than training and fighting in a cage or making it to “the show”.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Jon: I boxed a bit at a young age, but started my MMA career 4 years ago.
Nick: What disciplines do you train and what belts do you have in them?
Jon: I train in boxing, muay thai, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu. I currently hold a purple belt in bjj.
Nick: What was your amateur record?
Jon: My amateur record was 5-1.
Nick: What camp do you train out of?
Jon: Carnicella MMA is my home, but I bounce around from time to time. I also train at Miller Brothers MMA from time to time.
Nick: With your fighting style do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?
Jon: Honestly it doesn’t really matter to me. I train in all aspects of the fight game so I am really comfortable everywhere. Wherever it goes I am gonna try to impose my will and my fight.
Nick: Most fighters get branded with a nickname at some point in time. Do you have one? If so who gave it to you and why?
Jon: My nickname is “The Future”. Zu Anyanwu hooked me up with it. I was training with him for a bit when I was just coming up and about to turn pro. I was just training with an experienced guy who is a champ on the scene. He would just say I was a problem and would tag everything with me The Future and it stuck.
Nick: Do you feel like you represent the next generation of fighter?
Jon: I absolutely do. Especially at heavyweight. Watch me fight and you’ll see why I am “The Future”.
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?
Jon: I have never really had to cut a crazy amount of weight. The most I have cut is maybe 10 to 15 pounds. For the most part dieting and hard work takes the weight right off. If that doesn’t work I have to do the sauna for 10 to 15 minutes. Everything that goes with dieting and cutting goes through my coach and brother Billy Dee Williams. He is just a wizard and genius when it comes to that kind of stuff so I just follow his plan and everything falls into place. You got to think if there was no weight cutting you would probably be fighting the same guys anyway.
Nick: What advice could you give to new fighters wanting to work through the ranks like you are doing?
Jon: I’m still learning. From what I have learned, seen, and been through I have to say you have to believe in yourself and your team. Always remember to do what is best for you. If you look as a whole our careers are not that long so you got to take the absolute most. You have got to be smart.
Nick: Maverick MMA 1 you faced off against J.A. Dudley. You were able to finish him 2:33 into round one. Prior to stepping into the cage did you think that you would win this fight so easily?
Jon: I absolutely didn’t think it was going to go that quickly. J.A. is a tough dude and I was ready and trained to go hard for 15 minutes. I never think my fights are going to be easy no matter who the opponent is. Every fight is dangerous and you truly never know what’s going to happen so I train like every fight is the biggest and hardest fight ever.
Nick: After your win against J.A. you both had a massive respect for each other which was obvious to everyone who watched. Do you and J.A. have a history with each other?
Jon: No not at all really. I reached out to J.A. for the fight because at heavyweight in the area the pool and finding a fight is hard. I reached out to him because I knew his fight fell through and he was looking for a fight. I reached out to him and he accepted. The rest was history. J.A. has also been in the game for awhile and for him to give me the opportunity was awesome and I respect that a ton. There have been lesser guys turn it down or come up with a million of excuses.
Nick: During your post fight interview you called out a specific fighter. Who was the fighter? Why did you call him out specifically?
Jon: I called out Shelton Graves. I was scheduled to fight him once and it fell through and another time it was in talks but it never happened. I just want the fight he has the belt in a couple promotions and I want the chance to take it from him. It’s going to happen eventually. There is no point in waiting. You cannot turn it down forever.
Nick: Who is your favorite MMA fighter past or present?
Jon: Without a doubt, I would have to say me. Just kidding. That’s always a good question. I was a big time B.J. Penn and Frank Mir fan growing up. Presently I would have to say Dominick Cruz.
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be? Why?
Jon: That’s an awesome question. A bunch of different names come to mind every time. Being a heavyweight Fedor always comes to mind. At one time he was the man and the number one name in MMA. It would be an honor to mix it up with one of the heavyweight greats.
Jon was awesome to interview and watch fight. I am sure we will be seeing more of him inside the cage. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA