Scott Holtzman XFCJust over a year into his MMA career, Scott “Hot Sauce” Holtzman has made enough of an impact in the XFC to merit co-headlining the XFC 20 fight card on Friday night in Knoxville, Tenn. live on AXS TV. It’s a position that Holtzman couldn’t have imagined he’d be in when he first started getting into MMA.

“It’s definitely much more than ever expected,” he said. “When I first started doing it, it started as an outlet as opposed to just working out in a gym, and then my competitive side took over. I never imagined it would lead to this.”

Holtzman told MMAWeekly.com that the one thing that’s most stuck out to him so far is how much the mental game plays into MMA.

“I always knew it was a tough, physical sport, but the mental toughness is one of the biggest lessons you learn,” he said. “You have to be able to deal with this daily grind of training and believe in the process.

“One day you go in the gym and you’re the hammer, and the next day you’re the nail. So you have to stay positive mentally, especially when you’re in the gym being beat up and not get too frustrated if guys are running over.”

Having not gone past the two-minute mark of the second round in either of his two pro fights, Holtzman knows to run his winning streak to three won’t come easy against former Bellator veteran Chris Coggins.

“I’d say that a lot of guys like to take a little while and build and maybe fight some guys who don’t belong in the cage or whatnot, but I haven’t said no to a fight yet,” said Holtzman. “They offered Chris Coggins and I just went with it.

“Some guys might try to take some easier fights earlier on, but I want to test myself in this fight and I’m getting in there and let it rip. If I come out with my hand raised it will be a good feather in my cap.”

Holtzman feels that to win the fight, the ground could very well be where he can make things happen.

“He’s very aggressive, comes forward and is going to put pressure on me standing, and does have some dangerous ground moves, but I think he likes to lie on his back and if he does that, I’ll try to take advantage of it,” he said.

Having quickly risen up the ranks of the XFC, Holtzman admits that ascending to the top of his weight class could come sooner than later if he continues on the run he’s had so far.

“The way things are going, it’s moving really fast, and for me. I’m ready to jump on the bandwagon and go with it,” he said. “There are plenty of opportunities in the XFC, and this is just the beginning. I’m just along for the ride right now, take it one fight at a time and see where it takes me.”

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all your MMA news and updates.

(Photo courtesy of XFC)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Saunders making it uncomfortable for foes inside the Octagon

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

Saunders is headed to Boston for a showdown with Patrick Cote. It’s a matchup that has all the makings of a fan favorite fracas with two big, determined and headstrong welterweights looking to crack read news >>

Top free agent Aljamain Sterling not a 'guinea pig for a fighters union'

  • 22 days ago
  • 32 views

UFC bantamweight Aljamian Sterling can thank Sage Northcutt for making up his mind. Sterling told MMAjunkie Radio he might have taken a modest raise from his current pay. Then he saw Northcutt’s pay. read news >>

Video: UFC Fight Night 81’s Rob Font feels he practically cheated in UFC debut

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 views

BOSTON – UFC bantamweight Rob Font isn’t making a big deal about his knockout win over George Roop, so you shouldn’t either. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Ronda Rousey and Tina Fey Making 'Do Nothing Bitches' Film?

  • 21 days ago
  • 6 views

Ronda Rousey may have endured quite the beating at the hands of Holly Holm at UFC 193, but Hollywood has never stopped treating her like a star. According to Deadline.com, a pitch has been made to Un read news >>

Cyborg Justino Closes Door on Making 135 Pounds, Keeps Door Open for Superfight

  • 20 days ago
  • 15 views

Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino, the Invicta featherweight world champion and one of the best fighters in women's MMA, has said she won't be able to cut down to the 135-pound limit for the women's bantamw read news >>

Amber Leibrock Making Most of Her Pro Move Heading into Invicta FC 15

  • 20 days ago
  • 7 views

Amber Leibrock's first pro victory was a big one, and she intends to follow it up with another impressive performance at Invicta FC 15 on Saturday night. read news >>

With 48-day turnaround, Ilir Latifi meets Gian Villante at UFC 196 in Vegas

  • 7 days ago
  • 7 views

Rising light-heavyweight contender Ilir Latifi is making a fairly quick 48-day turnaround to return to the cage.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC light heavyweight Abdul-Kerim Edilov fails USADA test before making octagon debut

  • 3 days ago
  • 25 views

UFC officials today announced that light heavyweight signee Abdul-Kerim Edilov has been notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition test.Filed under: News read news >>

UFC Fight Night 82's K.J. Noons: I used to celebrate just making weight – forget the fight

  • a day ago
  • 8 views

K.J. Noons is wondering how Josh Burkman will handle the cut to lightweight this week after so many years as a welterweight.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>