Jesse Bazzi believes his superior MMA boxing will make the difference when he squares off with CJ Hamilton.
Bazzi will headline LFA 8 Friday night against Cee Jay Hamilton. He enters the cage with a 6-1 record and is coming off a big win against Jared Scoggins. He has a tough fight ahead of him in Hamilton a 10-4 wrestler riding a five fight win streak. Bazzi expects his opponent to be solid on the ground and strong in the clinch, but says it is his boxing that will play a major role in the fight.
“I feel like I match up well because I have great boxing for MMA,” Bazzi told The Fight House. “I am going use that and I feel like he is going to realize he can’t stand with me and he’s going to resort to his wrestling and that isn’t going to work for him either.
“I always want to hit somebody with something hard right off the bat, just to let them know the danger they’re in,” Bazzi added. “The hard shots set up my faints and then my faints set up big hard shots. I always try to go in there and connect with something good right off the bat.”
Bazzi knows exactly what he is going up against. He knows he is going to have to wrestle and work through the scrambles and transitions. Interestingly, he plans on using that to his advantage. Bazzi says he will keep Hamilton working at his pace and break him as the fight goes on.
“I feel like we are going to go in there the first round and I honestly think I am going to get a little bit of the better of him,” Bazzi said. “I think it is going to be a really high pace, a lot of exchanges, a lot of scrambling, high pace first round, exciting. Then in the second he is not going to be able to keep that pace up and I am going to keep it up and finish him in the second.”
Outside of the octagon Bazzi has a lot on his plate. He currently works a full time job with Goodyear in their wholesale department. trains in the evening and has a fiancé, a son and has also taken in his 13 year old nephew. Bazzi is no stranger to hard work. As it is he believes he can compete with the best flyweights in the UFC, but given the opportunity to train full time and the sky is the limit.
“I think it is stacked with a lot of good talent, but I know I can beat more than half of the guys in there,” Bazzi added. “If I was to get that call I could quit my job, start training full time and I think I would be able to dominate the division.”
Bazzi and Hamilton will headline LFA 8 tomorrow night in Greenville, South Carolina at the TD Convention Center. If you can’t be there live you can catch it on AXS.tv at 9 pm eastern.