When it came to light-heavyweight Alex Polizzi’s second year as a pro fighter in 2019, he was able to build off the success he had the year before and top it.
After winning his two fights in 2018, Polizzi picked up three straight wins in 2019, remaining undefeated and running his finish streak to his first five bouts.
“2019, three fights, three wins, you can’t ask for much more,” Polizzi told MMAWeekly.com. “I feel that I’m growing as a fighter and I’m really coming into my own.
“There are a couple times where a fight fell through and I didn’t get to do them, so I could have maybe got in a couple more for the year, but stuff happens, and in 2020 I’m looking forward to staying busy.”
Having gone undefeated so far in his young career and finding himself in a headlining spot for a championship in his next fight, there could be a lot of pressure on Polizzi’s shoulders, but he doesn’t see it that way.
“I’ve said it before that I think part of what helps me is to make sure I’m not taking anything too seriously,” said Polizzi. “The nerves and stuff can really hinder fighters and athletes.
“I think keeping a level head about it and adding a little of humor to the pressure, I let it slide right off me. If I’m not real worried about the winning streak or paying attention to it, then the pressure is not there.”
On Friday in Prior Lake, Minn., Polizzi (5-0) will go after his first major MMA title when he faces Jamal Pogues (7-2) in the 205-pound championship main event of LFA 82.
“I try to focus a little bit more on what I’m bringing to the table,” Polizzi said. “I know (Pogues) has some experience and is a tough opponent, so I’ve got to make sure I’m bringing my most perfect game into the cage with him and make sure I’m not making the same mistakes from the past and bring it to him.
“I subscribe to the ideology that you don’t need to know 1,000 different moves and techniques, you just need to be real good at two or three. I feel like there’s some things I’m really good and I can make those happen against any opponent.”
An LFA title is usually the last step a fighter needs to take before making a jump to the next level, but for Polizzi it’s not what his next move is, but rather what he has to do on February 21.
“Honestly, I’m looking forward to this fight and there’s not a lot of thought to what happens next,” said Polizzi. “I’ll focus on the fight at hand, and as long as I’m lucky enough to step in the cage again and again, and people like watching me, and I get good opponents, that’s good enough for me.”