After a rough start to his amateur MMA career, Navid Mirzaiy is now beginning to put all the pieces together.
After starting off his amateur career 0-5, Mirzaiy, 32, has since won three of his last four contests and rides a two-fight win streak into Saturday night.
Mirzaiy said he attributes the big turnaround in his career to his much-improved wrestling game to go along with his striking base.
“I started fighting only a few months after I started training and my wrestling wasn’t nearly as good as my striking. I mostly fought wrestlers who just tried to take me down and stay on top for three rounds,” said Mirzaiy in an interview.
“That’s what I’ve been working on; I think my wrestling and my jiu-jitsu are at the same level as my striking right now, which is why I think I’ve been winning more fights lately.”
Mirzaiy is no stranger to long fights, having gone the distance in seven of his nine amateur bouts.
But despite his knack for three-round marathons, Mirzaiy said he’s expecting Saturday’s contest to be over early.
“I want to finish it. If he does fight like his last fight I watched, I don’t think it’s going to go more than a round,” said Mirzaiy.
“I’m looking to finish it as quickly as possible.”
Not only has Mirzaiy had extensive experience going the distance, his nine amateur fights are more than double the four fights Lauzon has to his name.
Mirzaiy said his long amateur career has taught him to be more aware than the early stages of his career, which he believes will work to his advantage Saturday night.
“In my first five fights, I wasn’t really aware of what was going on,” said Mirzaiy.
“Now, it’s kind of just like sparring. When I get in there I’m aware of everything that’s going on, I can hear my coaches, I can see things coming, and I can make decisions.”
Lauzon Prepared For War
Unlike his adversary, Lauzon, 20, has yet to go the distance in his career, which includes one first round stoppage win.
But despite having yet to experience three full rounds, Lauzon said he has no concerns about doing so for the first time.
“I feel like the further the fight goes on the more I pick it up,” said Lauzon in an interview.
“You find your step as you get more warmed up. Maybe I’m just not warm enough when I start, but I find the more I work the better I do in the later rounds.”
Training out of United Fighter under former UFC fighter Jesse Bongfeldt, Lauzon will no doubt be prepared.
While Mirzaiy is a talented striker, Lauzon believes he holds in the edge in all facets of MMA heading into the contest.
“Everyone can always improve on something, but I would say I’m confident in my all-around abilities to control this fight,” said Lauzon.
BFL 62 was originally scheduled to take place on June 8 before rescheduling to July 6. Lauzon said he was also scheduled to fight on the June 8 event, and was set to take on Austin Batra for the amateur welterweight title before Batra was injured.
While nothing is set in stone, Lauzon said he believes this is now a number one contender fight where the winner will face Batra in a future BFL event.
“I think it would be a great way to get my name out there and show what my true potential is,” said Lauzon.
“I’d like to thank my coach and all my training partners at Lions MMA, Battlefield Fight League for the opportunity, Lauzon for making the trip from Ontario to put on a show, and MMA Empire for the interview.” Follow Mirzaiy on social media: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM
“I have to thank everyone at United Fighter, especially my coach Jesse Bongfeldt and a couple key training partners. I wouldn’t be here without my parents, so I need to thank them as well.” Follow Lauzon on social media: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM