Mukai MaromoWhile it’s commonplace for the loser of a close fight to demand a rematch, it’s not often you see the winner make the request to fight again right away, but such is the case between Mukai Maromo and Adam Lynn.

“It was a very close fight, and I don’t like close fights, I like definitive stuff, and it wasn’t a definitive enough win for me,” said Maromo of his split-decision victory over Lynn in May.

“I took a very hard shot and definitely lost the first round, and in my opinion I won the last two rounds and got the split decision. I don’t like wins with so much controversy; I like clear-cut wins. So after the fight I was the guy who was telling the MFC that if they didn’t mind, he put up a hard fight and should be first in line.”

Maromo got his wish and on Friday night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the two will rematch in the main event of MFC 34.

Maromo told that the reason the first fight was so close was because the fight went very opposite to how he had anticipated it going.

“The problem was I overestimated my opponent,” said Maromo. “I thought he was going to be a very good shoot-type of wrestler and would come in with hard shots to try to take me down right off the bat, but he wasn’t like that. All the takedowns he really got were when we were coming off the ropes and he kind of muscled me down.

“Every time we were striking it was definitively in my favor, so I should have stuck with my more natural gameplan and just kind of fought it out (standing) and if I go down, just stand up and keep fighting. I’m going to bring it this time around.”

To make sure he’s prepared for the type of fight this rematch could turn into, Maromo went from his usual training at Iron Tiger Muay Thai to the famed Tristar Gym in Montreal to sure up every aspect of his game.

“I definitely needed to step up my game,” said Maromo. “At the beginning when I started fighting MMA, I didn’t really have anything mapped out; it was just ‘let’s fight and see how far we can get.’

“I started fighting really high-level competition, so I definitely realized that if I don’t put in the same kind of convictions (as my opponents) I’d really be cheating myself.”

Now that he’s made the changes he needs, Maromo feels he’s ready for the level of challenge Lynn and his like will bring in the coming years.

“I don’t want to go into fights kind of knowing you’re going to win, like a gimme win, I don’t like fights like that,” he said. “I want to fight a very good fighter who is challenging and is going to force me to fight and better myself. That’s how you get better and improve as a person.

“I definitely want to put a stamp on (this fight). It has to be definitive, it has to be clear cut and that’s exactly what I’m looking for.”

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