I had the privilege to catch up with top bantamweight prospect, out of Arizona, Anthony Birchak as he gets ready for his headlining bout for Jackson's MMA Series on December 1 against 9-2 Matt Leyva. This bout has a lot riding for Birchak as it will be his third bout of the year, and it can give him the opportunity to launch his career to the next level with a decisive victory over a quality opponent.
First off, after two fights not coming in fruition for you, one for COC and the other for Mexico Fighter, how does it feel to get a main event slot against a tough opponent backed with one of the best gyms in the game, seems this fight can have some huge implications towards a big deal with bigger promotion (*cough cough*) MFC?
Birchak: It’s a great big Christmas gift as I see it! I'm just glad something finally came through and is going to happen for sure. As far as him being a Jackson's guy? I'm not too worried, I think he's a tough guy, but I see a lot of things I can exploit and hopefully implement my ground game. With an impressive and decisive win over Matt Leyva, I think I'll be able to really make a bid for any large organization. MFC has expressed a great deal of interest, and I would love to be part of that unveiling of the 135 lbs division and make a run at that new shiny belt they're making!
As expected you will make Apex MMA your main gym for camp for this fight, tell us how training is going, especially with Joey Rivera fresh off the TUF house, George Roop being at your weight now (135 lbs) getting ready for Alcantara, Ed West getting ready for Bellator on Spike, and, of course, all the other elite fighters at Apex, and let’s not forget Chris Cariaso.
Birchak: Its been going great man there is so much great energy in the room and everyone is training with purpose. Joey came back and started showing some cool stuff he picked up, George is getting on his grind, although he hasn't been one of the main guys for this camp due to his height, he is still providing good insight. Ed is the one that’s been working my mitts rounds and leading the shark tanks leading up to this fight and designing the game plan to which we will be using come December 1st. I've actually been fortunate enough to have some training at Xtreme Couture and looks like I'll be doing some final touch ups on my game there in Las Vegas the week before I leave.