In 2015, lightweight prospect Steve Kozola had an opportunity to step up onto the national stage and made the most of it with back-to-back finishes for Bellator.
And while Kozola feels he’s still a work in progress in his early career, he couldn’t be happier with how things turned out last year.
“It was my first opportunity to fight for a major promotion and it was a big step up,” Kozola told MMAWeekly.com. “Everybody dreams about fighting in major promotions, on that stage with that type of audience and that type of pressure too, it all plays into it.
“I was really happy with my performances in terms of outcome. I’m always critiquing myself and finding places I can improve, but overall I’m happy with the results, and getting finishes is always beneficial to me.”
Kozola went on to explain that he understands development is never ending, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to lessen his effort to improve.
“I’m really happy with my progression, but always as a fighter you have to understand you’re in a sport that’s un-perfect-able,” Kozola said. “You can spend your whole life just working at one aspect of MMA and still not master it.
“I definitely feel I’m progressing in every aspect of the sport, and I can get better everywhere, because if you don’t have the desire to improve, you’re not going to go anywhere.”
Originally, Kozola (6-0) was set to face Gil Guardado in his World Series of Fighting debut on April 2 in Las Vegas. He’ll instead take on late replacement Matt Church (3-1) in a WSOF 30 main card bout.
“I’m locked in and it doesn’t matter who I’m facing,” said Kozola. ….View full article