BOSTON – When Rob Font says he gets in the zone, he means it.
Font (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) scored a big knockout over fellow bantamweight Thomas Almeida (22-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at Saturday’s UFC 220, bouncing back from a loss and driving his home crowd at Boston’s TD Garden crazy in the process.
Too bad Font doesn’t really remember much of it.
“When I get in that zone, I’m not even thinking,” Font told reporters backstage after the pay-per-view bout. “Obviously the first two minutes were a little sloppy. Once I found my zone, I just – I don’t even think. I’m just acting and doing my thing.”
How “in the zone” was Font, you ask? Well, enough to issue the following answer when asked about the lead-up to the head-kick that dropped Almeida.
“I can’t even remember, honestly,” Font said. “Is that what I hurt him with?” (via Twitter)
It was, indeed, with the help of a few uppercuts to seal the deal. And, with that, Font landed himself back to the winning column after a submission loss to Pedro Munhoz at UFC Fight Night 119 in October.
That was only the second loss of Font’s UFC career after John Lineker took a unanimous decision over him at UFC 198. The common thread between the two setbacks? Both took place in Brazilian soil.
All of his five octagon wins, in turn, took place in the U.S. Still, that doesn’t mean he’s about to forego international traveling.
In fact, it’s kind of the opposite.
“Deep down, I really want to get one back in Brazil,” Font said. “I was joking around with my coach the other day. Tom Brady struggles in Miami; I struggle in Brazil. It’s … I don’t know, man.”
But there’s also the learning that comes from losses. Looking back, he believes he took his foot off the pedal – “a little bit of a mental break.” So, in order to prepare for his following outing, Font made changes in his training looking to help with his concentration.
It paid off. And, with that “little hiccup” in the past, Font believes he’s now shown the rest of the 135-pound division that he is here.
“I’ve got power,” Font said. “If I touch you, I’m putting you away.”
So, is there anyone in particular that he’d live to personally deliver this message to?
“Anybody, everybody,” Font said. “I would love to get in there with Aljamain Sterling. it doesn’t matter.”
To hear from Font, check out the video above.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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