For nearly a decade, Toronto, Ont.’s Adam Assenza (13-6) has been a marquee name around Canada’s MMA scene.
Assenza, 33, has taken on and beaten many of the top lightweights on Canada’s regional scene, as well as several American prospects.
But back in February, for the first time in his long professional career, Assenza took his talents to the United States where he earned a split decision victory over Sean Fallon at HRMMA 118.
Although he still hopes to continue competing in Canada as well, Assenza said he’s looking to start making more of an impact in the bigger MMA market in the United States.
“Definitely the states is the way to go. Canadian athletes don’t get enough exposure, don’t get enough credit, none of that stuff,” said Assenza in an interview with MMA Empire.
“I did apply for my dual citizenship as well, so maybe if I get that it’ll be even easier, but I’m just going to keep winning fights and collecting belts.”
Out of his 13 professional wins, eight have come via knockout or TKO, so Assenza has proven he can get the job done in quick and exciting fashion.
Assenza said he possesses a fan-pleasing style and it’s just a matter of getting the proper exposure to have his skills seen by the right people in the industry.
“I know I’m an exciting fighter. I’ve never been in a boring fight unless the other guy can hold me down for a bit,” said Assenza.
“It’s just a matter of exposure and keeping on winning these fights.”
Following his fight in February, the original plan was for Assenza to compete on the BTC 10 card in Vancouver, B.C., but in the end an opponent was not secured for him.
In the same timeframe, Assenza was offered a shot at the B2 Fighting Series lightweight title on July 23, an opportunity he said yes to without hesitation.
“I always need to have a fight locked down. I don’t like just consistently training; I like to fight every three months, I like to be busy, I like to be active,” said Assenza.
“BTC was having trouble finding opponents and there was a whole bunch of other issues around it with COVID, so as soon as the B2 thing came up I just jumped on it. I signed with them again for a couple fights and I’m guaranteed those fights, I know they’re going to happen.”
Assenza will be taking on the undefeated champion, Chance Beck (5-0) in the main event of B2 Fighting Series 127, which takes place in Bowling Green, Ky.
Although he only has five professional fights under his belt, Assenza said Beck is much more experienced than his record shows, due to a lengthy amateur career, and is expecting a stiff test from the champion.
“He’s actually a few years older than me, so he’s been in the sport for a long time. I just think he had a long layoff and then he just started racking up these wins in the last year, so he’s definitely a well-rounded fighter and has a lot of experience,” said Assenza.
“You can just kind of tell with how he fights and how he does things that he’s not new.”