Strikeforce: A Lifetime of Training Has Virgil Zwicker Prepared for Showtime

Joshua CareySenior Analyst IApril 8, 2011

Picture courtesy of Strikeforce
Picture courtesy of Strikeforce

Valley View Casino Resort in San Diego, Calif., will play host to Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley live tomorrow night on Showtime.

Ten fights are scheduled, with six of those contests being featured on the night's undercard.

Hard-hitting Virgil Zwicker (9-2-0) will be one of the gentlemen who steps into action as part of the lead up to the organization's championship double-header.

With only two career losses, Zwicker has only experienced defeat minimally throughout his career. However, one of those defeats came in his most recent fight and Zwicker has plans of successfully rebounding from his second professional loss the same as he did the first.

"For me, I took both those losses very hard," Zwicker recently told Bleacher Report. "I tried to bring out the positives in both of those fights. Lavar Johnson is a giant, he's a beast. I thought I had a good game plan for him and honestly I think the crowd and the environment kind of got to my nerves in the fight. Not before the fight, because I was very pumped and excited for the fight.

"Now, I'm really focused and really determined to come out and put on a good show. I'm here to test myself again and I really want to come out and try to win."

With six months between fights, he's had adequate time to make the necessary improvements to his game before he steps in opposite of opponent Brett Albee.

Zwicker has done just that by training alongside some of the hardest working fighters in the sport.

"I would have to say my conditioning," he said. "I've really, really turned myself into a different fighter with my conditioning and getting focused mentally. I've surrounded myself with a lot of great people throughout this camp. I got a strength and conditioning coach, I've had a lot of great training partners.

"I've got to train with Vladimir Matyushenko, Jared Hamman, Tim Kennedy, Ovince St. Preux, and I was in Dan's [Henderson] camp helping him for his fight."

That being said, the knowledge Zwicker obtained while training with the aforementioned fighters has been invaluable.

"There experience in this game," Zwicker said. "Dan's knowledge of clinch fighting and setting up takedowns. He loves to push the pace and Matyushenko loves to learn the technique of it. They're two completely different fighters and I was able to listen to what Vladimir had to say and Dan also."

66 percent of his victories have come by way of knockout and according to Zwicker, the striking aspect of his game has been natural.

"It's always been very natural and I remember growing up, I have five older brothers and six sisters," he said. "My older brothers, two of them were boxers, so even as kids they were always putting me and my brother David in a room with gloves on and make us go at it. It was almost like 'you learn how to do this' and my dad would take us outside and make us all spar."

"So, at a young age I was always able to throw good punches and the technique was something I had to learn. My first three fights, I had never even had a day of training, I just went in there and did what I knew naturally and was able to come out with wins. I never had any amateurs fight, I just always had that fighters spirit.

"I hit very hard and I think my teammates and my last opponent that got put to sleep can attest to that."


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