After his originally scheduled RFA debut fell through last year, middleweight newcomer Joe “Capo” Gigliotti was happy to get back to fighting this past January with a first-round submission win over Nick Salantri at Aggression Session 2.
The win over Salantri was Gigliotti’s first fight in nearly a year, so to get the fight over quickly and come out healthy was a big step back.
“I was slated to fight (in the RFA) in August, but I missed weight, which wasn’t professional,” Gigliotti told MMAWeekly.com. “I offered the guy 50-percent of my purse and he didn’t want to fight, so it got scrapped.
“I had to wait until January and was anxious to get back in there. I got in and got out and have been training ever since.”
Gigliotti has managed to get finishes in all of his five fights so far, but he still feels there’s more to his game than what he’s displayed so far.
“I come from a wrestling background, so when a fight goes to the ground, I feel comfortable,” Gigliotti said. “I’ve been working a lot on my stand-up, and when I go into a fight, I tell myself I’m going to stand up and throw a bunch of combos and tear (my opponent) up, but most of my fights end up going to the ground.
“I come out with the win, and that’s the main goal, but there’s a lot of stuff I work on that I don’t get to showcase in my fights.”