Mattia Belluomini is ready to right the wrong in his second professional bout at Almighty Fighting Championship on June 25th.
Italian-born Belluomini made his processional debut exactly a year ago in Pontedera, Italy. Unfortunately, the bout didn’t fall in his favour, but with a new gym in SBG Ireland, Belluomini has taken the right measures to ensure he gets the best training possible.
We had the pleasure of catching up with Mattia Belluomini to discuss his upcoming fight with Yannick Nnouka, as well as life settling into Ireland.
Interview With Mattia Belluomini
Fight night is approaching, Mattia and your first fight under the UK fight promotion. Talk to me about how you are feeling ahead of June 25th and any expectations you may have?
I feel great! I can’t wait to get involved with a match outside my country, the excitement is so much, but I’m ready for this war.
For our UK readers who may not be aware of who you are just yet. Tell us a little bit about your background in the sport, training and your journey into MMA while growing up in Italy?
I started practising MMA in my hometown Lucca in 2017 at the age of 17. I don’t have a background in combat sports. I started with MMA. I immediately fell in love with this sport and decided it would be my future.
Mattia Belluomini Talks Pro-debut
You had your first professional fight in Italy. Unfortunately, the result didn’t go your way. What do you feel went wrong on your pro-debut, and what things have you done this time around to fix those mistakes?
The emotions were really many, and unfortunately, I couldn’t manage them. I couldn’t complete the game plan studied certainly with more mental clarity. It would have gone differently.
Talk to me about the move to SBG Ireland and the transition of packing up and leaving your native country to join another gym elsewhere? Has it been difficult, or do you feel somewhat settled?
At the age of 22, I decided to leave everything and move to Ireland to achieve my dream, train at the SBG HQ to improve as an athlete and as a person. At first, it was tough, but now I feel part of this family.
From Italy to Ireland
Tell me, how long have you been training under SBG, and can you sum up what it’s like having someone like Coach Kavanagh guide and mentor you?
I have been training at the SBG HQ since this November. Moving from Italian rhythms to these has not been easy. The level is much higher. Being followed by coach Kavanagh is an honour for me. It gives me that extra charge and energy that I need.
The UK fight fans have yet to see you compete. Tell them what they can expect and what type of fight style you bring to the Octagon?
They will find out on June 25th.
On the night, Yannick Nnouka will stand across the Almighty FC Octagon from you. Nnouka makes his professional debut. Have you had the opportunity to watch any of his amateur fights? If so, what are your thoughts on his skill-set and style?
Obviously, I went to inquire about my opponent. He has good striking and good takedown defences.
Where do you envision the majority of this fight taking place? Have you identified any flaws in his games or even strengths of Nnouka that you need to be careful of?
I think most of the fight will take place standing, and that’s okay with me like that. I’ve seen several holes that I can take advantage of.
Lastly, can we get an official fight prediction?
I will win in the first round.