Entering his third year of MMA in 2015, 125-pound fighter Matt “Razor Sharp” Rizzo has built himself into one of the East Coast’s top up-and-coming talents.
Rizzo credits his six first-round finishes in seven wins to not deviating from what he’s worked on prior to a fight in the bout itself.
“My first couple of years I had two losses on my record, so I’ve had some ups and downs in my career, but overall it’s gone pretty good,” Rizzo told MMAWeekly.com.
“I have a background in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and I kind of have a game plan for every fighter I face, and as long as I don’t get out of my game plan and get into a brawl and beat each other up, I can finish anybody.”
Initially this Friday in Atlantic City, N.J., at Ring of Combat 50, Rizzo (7-2) was to face fellow top prospect Sean Santella, but he dropped out of the bout, causing Corey Simmons (5-6) to step up last minute.
“I’ve been waiting to fight that guy forever,” said Rizzo of Santella. “My personal opinion is that we were the top two dogs on the East Coast who are unsigned prospects. Unfortunately he backed out, but I’m still standing.
“(Simmons) is definitely coming in to look to knock my head off. I have a game plan for every fight, so I’m going to stick to it and go for the finish.”
Rizzo feels a win this Friday night will allow him to take that next big step in his career and make an impact in the flyweight division.
“ROC is one of the biggest organizations on the East Coast and they have a history of sending guys to the UFC,” said Rizzo. “This is a big show and they seem to have a way in, so this is where I want to be.
“(The UFC) is going to have shows up in Fairfax and in New Jersey soon, so I’m hoping to get signed and be on one of those shows at 125 pounds.”