Assenza, from Burlington Ont., thought he was fighting for the belt last time out when he met Sean Fallon. Yet, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the fight was moved to another card. With that, the scrap ended up being a catchweight bout.
“To be honest with you, I thought I was fighting for the belt last fight. B2 has a few different shows they run. I wanted to fight Sean Fallon who was the champ,” Assenza said to MMA Empire.
“I got the fight, but they ended up moving it to a different promotion due to COVID restrictions and it ended up being a three-round catchweight fight. I’ve been trying to fight for another belt and I get the chance to fight Chance and it’s a perfect fight for me.”
Although it’s hard to find much tape on regional fighters, Assenza, 33, found enough video to know what Beck is like. He knows the champ will look to take him down early and often as he is a grappler at heart.
However, for Assenza, he knows he has underrated wrestling and will be able to keep it standing. On the feet, he has the power to be able to knockout Beck.
Regardless of where the fight takes place, Assenza is confident he won’t just win, but will dominate Beck to win the title.
“He has an extensive amateur record and he had those two fights early and had a hiatus. He’s a well-rounded fighter and someone I can’t overlook. He does finish his fights early, where I’m a machine and I don’t get tired,” Assenza said.
“If the fight gets dragged out to the championship rounds, I think that will benefit me. I’m a finisher as well, but regardless of how it goes, I have a ton of confidence in myself. Really, for me, I think I win by domination. I’m better everywhere and I think I’ll get the finish.”
If Assenza does win the title, he believes a win would put him on the UFC’s radar for a short-notice fight. However, he says he does want to collect other regional titles.
“I’m ranked as the top Canadian at lightweight and welterweights, according to some websites, so getting the wins and belts gets me closer to the door,” Assenza said.
“I know if I win this, when the UFC is looking for people, I’ll be on their radar. But, I’m under the belief that you have to defend your belt. I win here, I will defend this belt. But, I’m also after titles, so I will look at other promotions to win their belts.”