Considering the difficulties he had in training prior to his first bout of 2016 against Zak Bucia at Titan FC 37 in March, lightweight Jason Novelli is pleased he picked up a unanimous decision victory.
“It was a transition period in the gym, and I actually had it closed down during training camp for that fight,” Novelli told MMAWeekly.com. “My camp ended up being about three weeks before I found a spot to go to and get consistent training.
“I had to put everything together before that, so I was happy to come out with a win against an experienced guy (in Bucia). I went out there implemented my game plan and everything went well.”
Novielli’s win over Bucia was his fourth in a row following his only career loss to Ben Fodor in March, 2015. Looking back on the loss, Novelli understand what went wrong and is trying to avoid similar circumstances in the future.
“I don’t want to take away from Ben’s win, but I took that fight on 30 hours’ notice, and I jumped up a weight class thinking I could still beat the guy, and had a rib injury going into it,” Novelli said. “Staying active is a big thing to me, so I’d take short notice fights and wouldn’t turn anything down.
“This is professional MMA, and training camps are valuable. To peak at the right time and maintaining the health of your body plays an important role in it all. I’m down to fight, but it is at that level where you really need to start preparing for these guys.”