Normally losing time to an injury can be detrimental to an MMA fighter, especially one that had built up some momentum as Elvis “The King” Mutapcic had following his 25-second knockout of current UFC fighter Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira last August, but this time wasn’t the case.
As Mutapcic told MMAWeekly.com, “Of course you lose a little bit of conditioning, but being able to rest was good. I just kind of stepped back and watched what everybody’s doing and concentrated more on technique.
“To be honest, I feel better than before I was injured and I feel like the best fighter I’ve ever been.”
Mutapcic will get the chance to showcase his best for his biggest audience ever as he makes his MFC debut on Friday night on AXS TV. It’s something he feels is a long time coming.
“I’ve been watching MFC for a while and I’m glad they’ve given me an opportunity to be on national television and see what I have to offer skills-wise will give me a chance to move up the ladder,” he said. “I feel this is the perfect opportunity to do something special.”
At MFC 34, Mutapcic will face 14-year veteran Jacen Flynn. It’s a bout that, despite Flynn’s grappling credentials, Mutapcic feels he has to control if he’s going to get the win.
“I’m definitely going to respect his jiu-jitsu, but I consider myself an all-around fighter, so I’m ready for anywhere the fight goes,” said Mutapcic.
“Honestly I never really worry about what my opponent does. I try to concentrate on what I do. If my opponent does something, of course I’ll react to it, but I’ll make them fight my fight and capitalize on their mistakes and go from there.”
Beyond Aug. 10, while it would be understandable for Mutapcic to be dismayed by the fact that Ferreira got the call up to the UFC and not him, it’s not so. Mutapcic instead focuses on what he can control and the rest will take care of itself.
“I really think (Ferreira’s) tougher than he ended up being that night,” said Mutapcic. “He just got caught, that can happen to anybody, so I’m not going to take anything away from him and I’m just going to worry about what I do and keep building my momentum on my own.
“I’m not going to look past Jacen, but I feel I’m ready to build it back up and keep pushing. If he’s as good as people say he is, it’s definitely going to help me out, but whatever they put in front of me, that’s what I’ll be focused on and then keep rolling.”