If you hadn’t heard of Maciej Jewtuszko before his debut fight in the WEC last year that’s alright, because he left everyone with a great first impression after blasting through fellow knockout artist Anthony Njokuani in the first round of their match-up.
Jewtuszko is another highly motivated fighter coming out of Poland, an area that has grown several top competitors over the last few years, and he’s happy to be the latest. He came into his WEC debut as an underdog, but he let everyone know he’s for real by getting at TKO over someone who is known for highlight reel knockouts.
He says the strategy was perfectly executed, and that night last August was one of the best in his life.
“One of the happiest moments of my life. Winning a fight in WEC, in Vegas against great opponent like Njokuani is an awesome feeling,” Jewtuszko told MMAWeekly.com.
“Everything went exactly how we planned it. I actually told my teammates that I’m coming back with a bonus, and I’m a man of my word.”
The celebration was great, but the Polish born fighter knows in the sport of MMA, you’re only as good as your last fight, and he’s already on to the next one. In Australia this weekend, Jewtuszko faces British fighter Curt Warburton.
In a division where every fight could be your last, Jewtuszko is happy to face any lightweight the UFC puts him against and he only takes that extra pressure as extra motivation to win.
“I do feel like MMA in general is a dog eat dog world in general, so it’s nothing I am surprised to hear. UFC has many great fighters in its roster, especially after the merger and there’s plenty more world class fighters waiting for their chance in the UFC but I’m here to stay,” Jewtuszko commented.
“I think it’s a great match up. Two hungry guys that want to prove they belong in the UFC. It’s going to be fun.”
It’s hard to duplicate a great performance even on a fighter’s best day, so having such a great debut with a knockout the way he did, does Jewtuszko feel any additional pressure to have an equally impressive second fight?
Like a piece of coal being squeezed to turn into a diamond, Jewtuszko believes any additional pressure only makes him better.
“No pressure, just pure healthy motivation,” said Jewtuszko. “I will show everyone that the outcome of my last fight wasn’t a fluke and that I’m for real. ”
Jewtuszko’s manager Shu Hirata also believes that his newest project isn’t going to be a flash in the pan. If anything, he’s going to prove to be one of the top prospects in the UFC’s lightweight division.
“Maiciej went through a very good training camp especially in the strength department. He gained more power, put maybe 2 kg of muscle but had no problem cutting weight so he feels more than ready for this fight. And fortunately because of the medical tests required in Australia he is going to be in Australia from Saturday so a jet lag is not an issue too,” Hirata said.
“But more than anything he got this personality that he never gets intimidated but also very loyal to his trainers so he listens well, and that is why I believe he is getting better and better everyday.”
Jewtuszko will look to find lighting in a bottle twice in a row when he faces Warburton on the UFC 127 undercard in Australia this weekend.