by Mick Hammond
With a lot of eyes focused on California, Oregon, Utah and Nevada as being the hotbeds of west coast MMA, it’s understandable why Idaho has gone relatively overlooked when it comes to producing young talent. But as it would seem, the region is quickly making a name for itself. Among the up and coming talent coming out of the state is Kyacey Uscola.
Uscola, a member of the Primal Tribe Fighting Club in Boise, burst onto the scene in early 2004 and right off the bat showed he’s not a fighter to take lightly as he TKO’d local Oregon fighter Wrecc in just over a minute at Sportfight 6.
“I’m an entertaining fighter,” Uscola told MMA Weekly. “I’ll stand with anybody. I like the KO rather than the submission because the crowd loves a big KO. I’m the kind of fighter that lays it on the line every time. When people see my name on the card they know what’s coming.”
Even though he favors striking, Kyacey is far from one-dimensional as he continues to develop himself into a total fighter.
“I’ve been working a lot on my BJJ,” explains Uscola. “My manager (Tom Supnet) is pretty good at BJJ and I’ve been working a lot in Salt Lake City with Josh Burkman and Dan Berry whose got sick submission skills. Dan’s showed me a few things to use if it comes to that, but again that’s not the way I like to end a fight.”
After winning the prestigious FCFF Light-Heavyweight Championship as an amateur, Uscola has been on a tear in his pro career, only going to decision once and finishing all five of his wins in the ring, four by TKO. Next up for him is an opportunity against a name opponent that could help Uscola himself become a name in the minds of many fans.
“I’m fighting Lodune Sincaid on October 15th in Washington for the XFC,” said Kyacey. “A win over him could get me some publicity since he’s known from the (Ultimate Fighter) TV show.”
Just because Sincaid has some notoriety though, don’t think that Uscola is impressed or in any way intimidated by Lodune. “I looked up his record today and it’s pretty decent at 5-1. I don’t think he’s fought anyone that tough so it will probably be a knockout.”
Uscola continued, “He can’t stand with me. I don’t think he can take me down either. I was a junior college All-American wrestler and I’ve never been taken down in a fight. Basically I’m looking for a first round KO or TKO and the publicity from the win will help me get on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.”
Originally Kyacey was scheduled to face American Top Team Olympia’s Dennis “Superman” Hallman, but the fight had to be changed, not because of Uscola or Hallman’s doing, but by that of the Washington State Athletic Commission.
Uscola explained the reason for the change by saying, “I think they didn’t feel I was worthy enough to fight him or something, that I didn’t have enough experience because I have a lot less fights than he does. It’s really disappointing. For them to step in and change everything after I had three weeks of training, preparing specifically for Dennis, it upsets me. It also bothers me a lot because I have the experience and definitely the will and KO power to beat him.”
Not one to let a little adversity get in his way, Uscola already has plans for what he intends to do for the rest of the year. “I’m in school right now in Oregon, but my manager and I had a long talk and I’m about to say screw school and focus on MMA. I’ve got a rematch with Robert Sarkozi in Gladiator Challenge on November 10th and Dennis said he will give me another shot anywhere outside of Washington. I’m just looking to fight as much as I can and keep getting better.”
Kyacey closed out the interview by thanking his sponsors and by reiterating his intentions towards Sincaid at XFC on October 15th. “I want to thank Phreek Fight out of California, they’ve been treating me good. I also want to thank Player’s Club and Global Marketing in Salt Lake. I hope people come out to the fight, it’s going to be a knockout. I’m 100% certain he’s going to get knocked out. My hands are pretty sick right now, I think 99% of the guys out there can’t stand with me if they tried.”