Strikeforce: Interview with John Kolosci

Posted by Matt Giancarlo on November - 1 - 2009 with Comments Off on Strikeforce: Interview with John Kolosci

koloscoCome November 7th, the Chicagoland area will hold the next Strikeforce event, featuring not only a stacked main card featuring names such as Fedor Emelianenko, but also a very exciting undercard with several local fighters, including Ultimate Fighter 6 vet John Kolosci, who is recently on a four fight win streak since his time with the UFC.

Kolosci was recently featured in an analysis article which can be viewed here.

Once again, Chicagomma.net has had the privilege of interviewing John Kolosci regarding his upcoming fight against Shamar Bailey at Strikeforce: Fedor vs Rogers

After a 4 fight win streak since the UFC, Strikeforce has added you to their roster, what does that mean to yourself and your career?

– It’s a hell of a step forward, I’ll tell you that. I was actually going to try to win one or two more locally before contacting the bigger promotions and here comes Strikeforce right in my neighborhood (Chicago) and now I’m in. I’m ecastatic about the opportunity and plan to make the best of it.

Your opponent will be 9-1 Shamar Bailey. What do you know about him, and how is he different/similar to previous opponents of yours?

– I’m not sure if he’s 9-1 or 11-1, as I’ve heard both, but I guess it really doesn’t matter. When we are in the cage, we are both 0-0. I know he’s another strong, explosive wrestler just like my last opponent. But as I said before that fight, this is not a wrestling match, it’s MMA. I’m comfortable everywhere, so I feel good about this fight.

What is the biggest different between the John Kolosci of 2009 and the John Kolosci 2007/TUF John Kolosci?

– EVERYTHING! In 2007, I would say I was still green and not very well-rounded. I was working full time and not really taking MMA as seriously as I should have. Being on TUF opened my eyes to the required training to compete at this level, it opened a lot of doors for me and allowed me to take steps toward becoming a full time fighter. I no longer work in the computer industry and just train full time now, which has been amazing. I’ve become much more well-rounded, my conditioning is better than it’s ever been and I feel confident against anyone at this point.

What is it like to be on a card with an event like Strikeforce being headlined by widely considered p4p greatest fighter of all time, Fedor Emelianenko?

– As you can imagine, it’s incredible. Not only getting a fight with a big promotion, but this being an extraordinary event for MMA in general, with Fedor and broadcast live on CBS. I’m on the undercard, but I don’t really care, it’s just cool being part of such an event.

What has your training camp been like for this fight?

– My training camp has been phenomenal and I feel like I’ll be ready wherever the fight may go. I’ve worked my conditioning really hard and of course I continue hitting every aspect of MMA with all my coaches. I love fight camps! They keep me focused and all I do is eat, sleep and train all day everyday. Like I said earlier, this is the difference between being a part time fighter, which I was in 2007, and a full time fighter as I am now. I just have to make it pay off.

Are you working on anything specific or new for this fight that you haven’t spent as much time on before?

– No, not really. Every training camp is the same, I hit on everything to be as well-rounded a fighter as possible. With all the talent coming up nowadays, it doesn’t pay to be one dimensional anymore. You have to be good at everything, so that’s what I focus on.

How has your last 4 fights helped you prepare for the return to the big stage like Strikeforce?

– I’ve learned a lot from each of those fights, and I’m glad I started back on the smaller shows because I did make mistakes during the first few. I learn things all across the board from over-training, under-training, proper diet, proper sleep, proper supplementation all the way to the weight cut. I’ve learned from mistakes in each of those areas over the past four fights and really believe I have everything down to a science now. Everything went very well in my last fight and that’s what I’m emulating again. I just started training full time this year and had to learn how to do it. I know it seems silly, but the human body isn’t made to go through this type of punishment day in and day out, so learning about those previously mentioned aspects takes some time. I think I have it down now.

What should fans expect to see come November 7th?

– As with each of my fights from here on out, they should expect to see the best John Kolosci they’ve ever seen. I will come ready, I will come in shape and I always expect to have my hand raised at the end of the fight!

– I’d definitely like to thank my sponsors Riot Gear (riotgearmma.com), Aberrant Tattoo, Jordan Family Chiropractic, Mobus Massage Therapy, Greg Anderson Strength and Conditioning, all my training partners at LA Boxing and Gilbert Grappling and of course my wife who helps me with everything while I’m just eating sleeping and training…

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