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Michael Mucitelli

MMA Fighter

1.) What advice do you have for an aspiring MMA Fighter? 

The best advice I can give is to stay humble. In MMA someone will always be better then you at something. If you're a great wrestler, someone will be a better striker, if you're a great striker and wrestler, someone will be a better submission fighter, you'll never be the best at every single aspect. Don't get frustrated early on when everyone is better than you at everything. Just be very thankful that everyone has something to teach you, and always try to keep learning something new.


2.) What has been your career highlight so far?

The highlight of my career is my first win in Bellator. I took the fight on 1 week notice, and came in as a huge underdog. On top of it, my fight got moved to the main broadcast just a few days beforehand. To pull off a big upset win in the first round, against a previously undefeated and very talented opponent, on a huge worldwide stage, was an unbelievable feeling. I had a lot of doubts if I really was a good fighter up until that moment or if my career was ever going to go anywhere. It just moved my entire life to a whole new level.


3.) If you had the choice, who would you like to fight next?

I don't try to pick my opponents, yet. Obviously, just like any fighter should want, I would love to match up with some of the big names in the division, test myself against the best like King "Mo" and Emanuel Newton, but I know my career is young compared to many, so I'm just taking them one fight at a time and whoever I'm matched up with by the guys behind the desks.


4.) What are your goals for 2014?

By next year I want to start being recognized as a viable title contender. I want a spot in the tournament and to prove to the world, and maybe more to myself, through my fighting that I belong with the best in the world.


5.) What does a typical training day look like for you? 

A typical day starts with breakfast and about an hour of stretching. Then the rest of my schedule depends on the day of the week. 2 days a week (generally Monday and Thursday) I have strength and conditioning coaches at facility dedicated to collegiate and professional athletes. Mondays and Wednesdays I go through an hour of Muay Thai, then an hour of open mat (competetive submission grappling with your teammates) then an hour and a half to 2 hours of MMA dedicated class. Tuesdays I do an hour of brazilian jiu jitsu class followed by an hour of boxing. Thursdays I do 2 hours of brazilian jiu jitsu. Fridays I do an hour of open mat then I teach a Muay Thai class. Saturdays I do an hour of no-gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu followed by an hour of open mat followed by an hour of boxing. Sundays are a cool-down type of day with only an hour and a half of MMA-based striking class. I've tried to minimize my coaching responsibilties so I can continue to grow as a fighter at this stage. As you can tell, I spend the majority of my days actually at my gym training for fights. But once I'm done with my training I try to hunker down in front of my Xbox for a few hours of gaming at the end of the night and catch up on quality time with my cat, before getting to bed to get up and do it all again!