With his first-round submission win over Bilal Williams at LFA 33 in February, welterweight Ramiz Brahimaj was able to extend his undefeated streak to start his career with possibly his strongest performance to date.
“I thought it was an amazing fight against a very tough veteran in Bilal,” Brahimaj told MMAWeekly.com. “Words can’t describe putting on the performance I did in front of my home crowd and on national television. With such a dominant win over Bilal, it was truly an amazing experience.
“The game plan was to stay in Bilal’s face and keep the pressure on him. It was an amazing experience in a phenomenal environment.”
When it comes to his evolution as a fighter since he turned pro four years ago, Brahimaj feels he’s a much different fighter in many ways, but maintains the same aggressive attitude heading into each fight that he’s always possessed.
“I see myself as a completely changed fighter,” said Brahimaj. “I train with some of the best guys in the world. I get the best looks with all my training partners and teammates. Seeing the evolution from four years ago to today, I’m definitely very happy.
“I’m one of those fighters who goes in with a kill or be killed mindset. My kill switch is set to ‘on’ every time I step in the cage. I’m looking to stop to my opponent. The state of the judges nowadays, you can’t rely on their scorecards.”
This Friday in Dallas, Brahimaj (6-0) will look to keep his record unblemished when he faces Evan Cutts (8-3) in an LFA 40 main card 170-pound bout.
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“I think Evan is an extremely tough opponent,” Brahimaj said. “I’ve seen him fight many times before, and he has fought one of my teammates, so we did write up a game plan with the blueprint we had to beat him.
“We’re going to make him extremely uncomfortable and just go in there and get the job done either by knockout or submission.”
While he’s not sure what could be next for him in the second half of 2018, Brahimaj does have a clear idea of where he’d like to be in the near future.
“After May 25 I see myself at 7-0 after I defeat Evan,” said Brahimaj. “After that I definitely want to see what’s next lined up. I’m hearing about many different possibilities, but as long as I’m healthy and staying active, I’m open to anything on my horizon.
“The UFC is the ultimate goal; but not only getting to the UFC, but making waves when I get there.”