Former World Series of Fighting middleweight Chip Moraza-Pollard may have been the underdog in his Lion Fight debut last November against Brett Hlavacek, but that didn’t stop him from picking up the win against his more experienced Muay Thai opponent.
Over the course of the fight, Moraza-Pollard was able to be the more effective fighter, and ended up winning a bout that was not as close as it may have seemed in the results on paper.
“I fought a guy (in Hlavacek), who was 17-3, and it was my first pro Muay Thai fight, and I won a split-decision, but most people think it was kind of one-sided. I felt great,” Pollard told MMAWeekly.com. “I felt comfortable. And I’m looking forward to doing it again.”
Having spent the previous several years fighting MMA, making the switch to Muay Thai wasn’t as big of a deal to Moraza-Pollard because of the way he approaches combat sports in general.
“To me, it doesn’t matter what the rule set is – kickboxing, MMA, Muay Thai – every fight is just another fight in front of me that I’ve got to deal with,” he said. “It was like an MMA fight where somebody couldn’t take me down pretty much, but nothing too out of the norm.
“In MMA you have to work everything all the time, so you don’t have the time to work one thing that extensively. But at the same time, it’s business as usual, just kind of honing striking, and not worrying so much about Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling and everything like that.”
Moraza- Pollard returns to Lion Fight to take on Scott Noble in a main card Muay Thai rules fight on Friday in Mashantucket, Conn.
“It doesn’t really matter who I’m fighting,” said Moraza-Pollard. “I just go in and do what I do, the best way that I can do it.
“Everybody I’ve fought for the past how many years have been beasts, so I anticipate another good fighter coming at me. But like I said, I always fight really good fighters, and it doesn’t really faze me. I’ll just do my thing and have some fun in there. And when I’m having fun, the fight tends to go my way.”
When it comes to the remainder of 2017, Moraza-Pollard would prefer to take things one fight at a time and approach each opportunity as it comes his way.
“I think when you start looking too far ahead into the future and looking past opponents, then you take your eyes off of what you have to do in the here and now – your next fight,” he said. “You’re not going to be anything unless you win your next one, so that’s what you should be focusing on.
“I don’t really have any goals past this one. If I win this fight, then we’ll see what comes out of that.”