Canada’s Mike Malott makes his UFC debut this Saturday night at UFC 273.
For Malott, 30, stepping inside of the Octagon was something he wasn’t sure he himself knew he wanted to do. Malott accepted a coaching job at Team Alpha Male and was content with being in the background and helping groom the next breed of Team Alpha Male contenders. But when the pandemic hit Malott got the itch back to compete in MMA
“When the pandemic hit and things slowed down there are no other distractions. It’s just time and thinking and what did I really want out of life,” said Malott in an interview with MMA Empire.
“I made some changes, spending more time at home in Canada and really wanting to chase MMA and not feeling like I’m not wasting any time, but making the most of time and wanting to fight in the UFC was a top of that list.”
Malott earned his UFC contract through Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS), where he submitted Shimon Smotritsky in the first round.
Despite his DWCS bout being just his second fight since 2017, Malott had he felt comfortable and composed in the cage.
“It was pretty awesome but I had been there a bunch of times coaching and cornering a bunch of guys in the UFC. Even though it had only been my second fight in four and a half years, almost five years at the time, I think I felt more comfortable fighting at that time than right before I took the break,” said Malott.
“I took the time to mature and focus on different aspects of MMA and see a lot of the behind-the-scenes things that go on at fights. Understanding what fight week is like and what it takes to prepare for a fight, see what works for some guys and see what definitely doesn’t work sometimes, and just get really comfortable with the process. That was still something new to me. Martial arts has been a big part of my life since 2005, but there are a lot of things that you don’t understand that are behind the scenes going on and I feel really comfortable with those now.”