In this first STFC 45 faceoff, Perez and Matamoros talk about how they felt on receiving the call from STFC Fight Card Architect, Raul Ramos. Perez said he first got booked for the event without an opponent but then a week later was presented, Isaac Matamoros. In a calm and cool demeanor, Perez called Matamoros a “respectable” opponent while a laidback Matamoros went on to say that he was a bit hesitant to take the fight based on the years of experience Perez has under his belt but is “excited as hell” and is looking forward to the fight. Matamoros, a boxer, and MMA fighter gave off the impression that he wasn’t too worried about Perez’s standup game.Ramos followed up with Matamoros about Perez’s standup game by asking if he thinks his striking game is better than Perez to which Matamoros answered “Yeah”. Perez is known for being a decorated ground fighter but what might not be seen on the surface is that he trains with arguably the best striking group out of the Valley, Wolfpack Muay Thai.
The fighters were then asked to look into their crystal ball and to give their predictions for March 2nd at the Mcallen Convention Center. Perez said he’s ready and is training and prepared for everything while Matamoros visualized the fight going to the ground after Perez gets hit. Perez said there will be a finish because he doesn’t want the judges to interfere – I believe this stems back to STFC 34: Battle at the Beach where he lost a split decision to Edgar Juarez and his bout with Juan Pina at STFC 37: Martinez vs Garcia. Matamoros said his coaches are “very confident” that there will be a finish in the first round. If not, Matamoros went on to say that they are training for all aspects of the ground if it does go into the later rounds. Perez responded with a smile by saying “His coaches don’t know me” because Matamoros gym hasn’t been around more than a year.
This is the first of the faceoff series that will build to STFC 45 so be on the lookout for more in the coming days. The last day to get $13 tickets is February 20th at the Mcallen Convention Center so get those fast as you can before the promotion runs out.
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