by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Making a debut in a major organization can be a big step up for any fighter, and it can cause some nerves. The best in the world have admitted butterflies have started fluttering in their stomachs when their name is called for the first time for a big fight.
Maciej “Irokez” Jewtuszko isn’t worried about nerves. He faces real life peril everyday in his home of Poland where he works at a firefighter. What he feels as he gets ready to take on knockout artist Anthony Njokuani at WEC 50 is a whole other emotion that has nothing to do with nerves.
“No nerves at all, just excitement,” Jewtuszko said in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. “Fighting abroad was always my goal and I finally got a chance to test myself at the world class level, which I’m very happy about. Fighting is my hobby and pleasure, and i’m looking forward to have fun in the cage on August 18th.”
Training and fighting out of his homeland of Poland, Jewtuszko has been training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the last 9 years, and then started to fall in love with the striking part of the game as well. He liked it so much that he decided to do some Muay Thai competitions in his spare time.
Striking ability aside, Jewtuszko knows what problems his opponent Anthony Njokuani presents. The multi-time knockout of the night award winner has fast hands and deadly feet, but the Polish born fighter has seen his highlight reel KO’s, but he’s hopeful Njokauni can help him make a bonus of his own.
“I need someone to make my highlight,” Jewtuszko said with a laugh. “His standup looks solid but at this level everyone is dangerous. Last few years I worked on my standup a lot. I train with national boxing team members and pro Muay Thai fighters every day so I don’t mind standing with him.
“We are both around the same height with long limbs, so this might be a fun fight and I hope I will come back home with 2 bonuses. For knockout of the night and fight of the night.”
Jewtuszko knows he’s coming in as the unknown in this fight, and he’s aware of his underdog status. It just doesn’t matter to him, because it’s still a fight, and he knows that he’s got as good a chance as any man that steps foot in the WEC cage.
“I respect all my opponents but in general I try not to bother myself thinking too much about who they beat or what’s their record like,” he commented. “I try to be focused in 100% on my training and my performance. I’m confident in my skills and I’m always going into the fight with one goal in my head, which is to win, and win in spectacular fashion.”
As he closes out his camp in Poland and travels to the United States for the first time, Jewtuszko is sure that when he returns home, he’ll return home a victor. That’s the goal, and that’s not pressure talking, that’s confidence.
“I don’t feel any pressure, I’m just very happy for the opportunity and counting days to the fight. I just like fighting and the bigger the challenge the better I perform,” said Jewtuszko. “Preparations at Berserkers Team is always the hardest part, fighting is easy.”
His manager, Shu Hirata, is also confident that the Polish fighter will make quite the impact when he makes his WEC debut, and it won’t be the last fans hear of Maciej Jewtuszko.
“Besides being a great striker and a top grappler, one of the best qualities about Jewtuszko is that he never get intimated with anyone,” said Hirata. “He is a firefighter so he has gone through many dangerous situations so he has got the heart of a warrior.”
He’ll get a chance to prove that heart when he faces Anthony Njokauni at WEC 50 on Wednesday night.