Get to the Core of Ricky Lopez’s Fight at 209 Beatdown 4

Before Ricky Lopez meets Gabriel Juarez at 209 Beatdown 4, the undefeated bantamweight out of the Bay Area joined MMA Pixels (link here) to discuss his development in the sport to this point, what visitors to the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium can expect on January 6, 2018, and how he projects his stint in the amateurs to pan out by the close of the new year.

Competing as an Amateur Mixed Martial Artist at the Age of 19

“I started boxing and wrestling at a young age. I put them together and began training mixed martial arts when I was fifteen. I took a smoker, a sanctioned bout, in May, and then I took my C.A.M.O (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization) debut just a few months ago in August. It’s been a long time coming, but everything is coming together real nice. It’s great to get started in your career young; it gives you a lot of time to go to college, learn a lot, take fights, and gain experience.”

Training

“I train at FightKore MMA and Fitness in Martinez. I’ve been with them since I was a fifteen-year-old kid, and I was sparring with pro MMA fighters like Rick Reger, Geovanni, and Justin Baesman. I’ve got a real good group of guys down there who are looking out for my best interest, and they’re a great team. They took me in there and brought me under their wing; I’m real thankful for them.”

Transitioning to Pro

“I’m hoping to pick up some hardware in the amateurs, and then we can talk. We had a little discussion—me and my coaches—about maybe at the end of 2018, but we’ll just take it one fight at a time and see how it goes. If everything works out, the end of 2018 would be a good time for me.”

A Busy Plan for 2018

“We’ve got some stuff in the works—nothing signed or anything—to fight three times before April. As long as I stay healthy and everything works out, hopefully, I can fight three times before April and keep staying active.”

Preparing for the Unknown

“I just prepare to fight. I just prepare to go out and have my will with people and dictate the fight. He [Gabriel Juarez] will have to adjust to me; I’m not going to adjust to anyone. I don’t train for styles; they have to train for me, so it [fighting an opponent with no recorded experience] doesn’t change anything. I still go and do what I do and train hard, and I hope he’s training hard.”

Connect with Rick Lopez at:

Instagram: @rickylopez8

Twitter: @rickylopez_8

Snapchat: @rickylopez_8

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