Although Beck is the champ, the road to winning the belt was not easy. The 34-year-old made his pro-MMA debut in 2011 and fought again in 2012. After that, however, he took eight years off and returned in 2020, which he says was due to a few reasons.
“I didn’t fight for eight years and I got away from training for the last four. I was just bouncing around places working and moving to different places. Then, a little while later, I got into an altercation where a gentleman pulled a firearm on my younger brother and me. I ended up on the receiving end of trouble for that because I disarmed him, but I apparently used excessive force to do so,” Beck said to MMA Empire.
“I got in trouble for that, got out, moved to Kentucky from Georgia, and didn’t train for probably the first two or three years. After that, I was just focused on getting back into work. Once I went back to a gym to train jiu-jitsu just for fun, I got offered a fight on four days notice just a couple of months into training. I said if I won I’d stay fighting, and now this will be my fourth fight in 10 months.”
Against Assenza, Beck knows the Canadian is well-rounded. He says he knew of Assenza when they fought on the same card in February where the Burlington native beat Sean Fallon, who was set to face Beck.
However, the Kentucky native has a ton of confidence in himself and believes he will get the stoppage win over Assenza.
“I’ve only been to the third round in my amateur career. I’m pretty active at seeking submissions if we are on the ground and on the feet, we are kickboxing,” Beck said.
“I was undefeated in muay thai before I got into MMA, so I’m well-rounded. It will be a fun fight, and I also think I can get the finish.”
If Beck does finish Assenza, he will improve to 6-0 as a pro. He said his manager has already been in talks with Sean Shelby, so he’s confident a win here will earn him a shot in the UFC.
“That is the plan. I know my name is on the radar of big promotions after my last fight when I was the first person to submit Ruben Warr. My manager has been in talks with Sean Shelby, and I’m on the radar and they said to stay ready if something short notice happens,” Beck said.
“A win over Adam will be a big notch in the belt. The plan is to win this fight, and taking a month or so off and see what happens. I will still be in the gym training, but I’m worried about staying active and building up my resume because I’m not getting any younger.”
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