For Canadian heavyweight Smealinho “The Prince” Rama, 2014 is turning out to be very positive for him.
Undefeated in his two fights in 2014, Rama has quickly moved pass his only loss, suffered last year at the hands of current UFC heavyweight Anthony Hamilton.
“I’ve made some changes in my training and I’ve been managing to improve my skill, my performance, and I think people have seen that,” Rama told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s always little changes that add things here and there by fine tuning things. As they become better, the (overall) game grows in a major way.”
In particular, Rama is pleased with his most recent win over Tim Hague in May, which produced a finish after having gone to a decision in his first fight of the year against Steve Mocco in February.
“I had to make a statement and go out there and finish,” said Rama of the Hague fight. “I capitalized on the opportunities that he gave me, countered, hit him to the body and dropped him, and got the TKO finish, which is great.”
His success in 2014 could culminate for Rama (8-1) on Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, when he faces Derrick Mehmen (18-5) for the inaugural World Series of Fighting heavyweight title.
“Fighting for the heavyweight title sparked the flame and I was able to get in the gym and up the intensity and started preparing,” said Rama. “I’ve trained really hard and I’m ready to go out there and do my job.”
Rama feels he is a more advanced fighter than Mehmen, and that will lead him to victory.
“From what I’ve seen, he’s a solid fighter, but he’s very basic,” said Rama of Mehmen. “There’s nothing wrong with that because fundamentals are always great, but he’s very repetitive and very basic. You fight guys like that with angles and approach them differently.
“They’re not going to put two people together to make it a boring fight. They’re always going to put two great fighters together if possible, and I think that’s what’s going to happen in this fight.”
Titles aside, Rama feels this win will not only cap off his best year to date, but also help make for an even more profitable road in the future.
“With the way WSOF is doing in the media, getting the exposure is great because everybody’s going to get to see me perform,” said Rama. “It’s going to open up huge opportunities and doors for me.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to make a living fighting instead of just fighting and trying to get somewhere.”