Though much of his time is devoted to being a firefighter, welterweight up-and-comer Joey Pierotti has managed to put together a solid first year as a professional MMA fighter, winning all three of his bouts via finish.
Having built a solid base as an amateur prior to 2016, Pierotti credits the work he put in there to helping with his pro success, and believes the rule differences between the two ranks has helped fulfill more of his potential as well.
“There’s not a whole lot of change, other than finishing a lot more fights now, so that’s been nice to get in and get out and get back to work the next day,” Pierotti told MMAWeekly.com.
“Other than that, the rounds are nicer because I kind of build my game around cardio, so in the three-minute rounds as an amateur I just felt like I was rushing all the time. So in a weird kind of way it’s a little more relaxing to go five minutes.”
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While being an amateur helped him transition easier, Pierotti admits that it was not always easy going before turning pro, especially when it came to preparing for fights.
“It’s different just because there’s a lot of no-name guys (in the amateurs),” he said. “I like to scout my opponents out and stuff, so it’s kind of hard to find any footage on anybody or a batch of information on a lot of guys.
“That’s a little difficult, but outside of that, I think it definitely helped me. The biggest thing it helped me get my mindset ready for things.”
For his fourth fight of 2016, Pierotti (3-0) takes on fellow undefeated prospect Richard Brooks (4-0) in a main card 170-pound ….View full article