While his career did start off on the best foot, lightweight Max Rohskopf has managed to make up for it of late.
Even though he had a year gap between his first and second fights, Rohskopf has maintained consistency, picking up wins in all four of his bouts, going into the second round just once.
“It was just hard to find opponents and stuff like that,” Rohskopf told MMAWeekly.com. “I was able to get three fights in about four months. I was also doing a lot of Jiu-Jitsu tournaments too, so I competed a lot of times over the span of five, six, months. That how is in wrestling, so I’m used to that kind of grind.
“My performances were good. I think I got hit win an elbow once in a clinch, but other than that I have all finishes and haven’t really been hit or taken a lot of damage in my fights. I don’t have a lot to complain about with all finishes and not getting hit at all.”
Over the course of the past year not only has Rohskopf’s activity level increased, but he also feels his game has made huge strides thanks to working with Robert Drysdale and Zenith MMA.
“I’ve been focusing a lot on my Jiu-Jitsu and finishing ability with them,” said Rohskopf. “Before I was just a wrestler who would get on top and try to control, and end up maybe finishing the fight, but now my Jiu-Jitsu has reached another level to were as soon as it hits the ground I’m able to finish.
“At the end of the day it’s about longevity. If I’m going in and having a bunch of three or five round fights eventually you’re going to take a lot more damage, so anytime you can get in and get out without taking damage it means you can fight a lot sooner and stay healthy.”
On Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Rohskopf (4-0) will look to extend his winning streak when he faces Paulo Silva (6-5) in a main card 155-pound bout at Titan FC 59.
“I’m going to do what I do regardless; my game plan doesn’t change,” Rohskopf said. “I’m going to do the same thing I do in all my fights: I’m going to hit, not get hit, be quick on my feet, takedowns, and finish the fight on the ground.”
With the lack of activity he suffered through following his first fight, Rohskopf has learned to take things as they come and try not to set a strict roadmap for 2020.
“When I was first starting fighting I had a roadmap because I thought I was going to get a lot of fights quickly and not have a hard time finding opponents, but then that roadmap got completely destroyed when I wasn’t able to find opponents easily,” said Rohskopf.
“I have goals, and would like to be in the UFC by the end of the year, but we’ll see where it goes; I’m going to take it fight by fight.”