When Dominic Mazzotta steps into the cage to defend his featherweight title at Pinnacle FC 15, he’ll be doing so with a chip on his shoulder.
That’s because despite being 11-1 and holding both the Pinnacle FC bantamweight and featherweight titles, he doesn’t feel as though he’s receiving attention on a national stage. Mazzotta also has won his last eight bouts in a row, including seven in a row via submission.
“I feel like I’m the most underrated and overlooked fighter in the country,” Mazzotta said in a statement released by Pinnacle FC. “I now understand every fight I have to make a statement. I’m not only physically but mentally ready to do just that!”
And in an interview with FloCombat, he pulled no punches in saying that he may switch up his game plan a little to get more attention on the national stage.
“At this point in my career, I’m looking to take more risks, and go for more knockouts.”
Mazzotta also talked about going for more knockouts in fights when he joined The BluegrassMMA Podcast earlier this week. Specifically, he mentioned his fight against Varon Webb, when he dropped Webb with a head kick, only to follow up with a rear naked choke submission. While it could have been a knockout of the year candidate, it went down as a submission in the official record books.
Mazzotta headlines Pinnacle FC 15 this weekend in Pittsburgh, where he is set to defend his featherweight title against South Carolina native Solon Staley (11-4).
Check out our full interview with Mazzotta below, and check out Pinnacle FC 15 on FloCombat on Saturday night.
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