UFC Fight Night 33's Richie Vaculik Never Expected He’d Get to Make His UFC Debut


RichardVaculik_HeadshotAustralian fighter and big wave surfer Richie ‘Vas’ Vaculik will make his official UFC debut this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 33 on Dec. 7 (Dec. 6 in the U.S.) at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Australia.

Vaculik participated as a lightweight on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes series, but will cut down to his more natural weight class of flyweight against fellow Octagon newcomer Justin Scoggins.

Check out the exclusive interview with Richie Vaculik below:

MMAWeekly.com: After the TUF Smashes did you ever think you would get your shot in the UFC in your natural weight class? Or has it always been in the cards?

Richie Vaculik: No, I was unsure if I would even get the chance again, but I was hopeful and it was always still the goal. I knew it was a gamble going in the house as a lightweight, but it was just too good of an opportunity.

MMAWeekly.com: How hard has the weight cut to flyweight been for you since you’ve been a natural bantamweight most of your career? And what was the reason behind it?

Vaculik: It was pretty tough, just have to be real disciplined and stick to a diet 6-8 weeks out rather than 3-4 to make bantamweight. I make bantamweight pretty easy, so knew I could make flyweight, and I let the UFC know that, and that’s where they want me.

MMAWeekly.com: Since the TUF Smashes, how have you been spending your time considering you’ve only had a handful of fights since the show?

Vaculik: It’s been hard trying to get fights within Oz. I have been training all year and gone over to Singapore to talk to promotions like Legends and ONE FC to try and stay active. Also been doing some surf trips and filming for our show called The Crew, which can be seen on Channel GO (in Australia) Dec. 2 and season two will be on Fuel TV in March next year.

MMAWeekly.com: What was the experience like on The Smashes?

Vaculik: The experience was great. I learnt heaps as both a fighter and a person. Living in a Big Brother type world was hard, no escape from fighting and missing loved ones was tough, but I’m very grateful for the experience.

MMAWeekly.com: You’re fighting another newcomer in Justin Scoggins. What do you know about him?

Vaculik: I’ve watched his tapes and he is a creative exciting striker, young and confident. I’m really looking forward to the contest as I think we have all the ingredients for a great fight..

MMAWeekly.com: How excited are you to make your official UFC debut in Australia?

Vaculik: So pumped! It’s been something I’ve been working towards for years now and stoked to debut here in Oz. But not quite time to pop the champagne. We’ll do that once my hands are raised!!

MMAWeekly.com: We all know that Dana White hates fighters undertaking in risky activities outside the cage. Have you had to put a stop to the big wave surfing for now?

Vaculik: Yeah, I’ve been hearing that. I’ll always be a surfer, but now with the opportunities the UFC are giving me, I just have to be smart about it and not risk injury. I’ll still chase big waves, but when the time is right. Chalking wins up in the Octagon is my priority right now.

MMAWeekly.com: What can we expect from Richie Vas on Dec. 7?

Vaculik: Expect anything and everything. That’s what I’ve prepared for. I hate going to decisions and the UFC bonuses look real tasty, so I’ll be doing my best to get my name next to one of them!!

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

AUSTIN, Texas – Roger Narvaez couldn’t quite get the finish, even after dropping Luke Barnatt in the final round and nearly sinking several rear-naked chokes. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

Chico Camus makes successful flyweight debut at UFC Fight Night 57, upsetting Brad Pickett in split decision. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

Cub Swanson entered UFC Fight Night 57 with a title shot hanging in the balance, but as he tried to climb the ladder to claim his shot, Frankie Edgar was there to pull him back down. Edgar dominated read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

After an enthralling UFC Fight Night 57: "Edgar vs Swanson" event, MMAmania.com ponders what is next for the main card winners who picked up victories last Saturday (Nov. 22, 2014) on FOX Sports 1 (F read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

Frankie Edgar is somehow still improving, ladies and gents. At 33 years old with 23 pro fights under his belt, Edgar should have shown us his full array of skills inside the cage by now. We've seen h read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas is in the books, so what's next for Saturday's main card fighters? Mookie Alexander plays fantasy matchmaker. UFC Fight Night in Austin, Texas featured good action th read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

It's been a while since he's held UFC gold, but Frankie Edgar is showing he's still among the best in the world. At UFC Fight Night 57, Edgar cruised to a submission win over Cub Swanson in the fifth read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 5 views

T.P. Grant talks about Frankie Edgar's big step forward and intersecting grappling styles at Metamoris. This is Episode 2 of Technique Review and the concept of the show is a sober look back at weeke read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 240 views

Now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared, it's time to find out who's worse for the wear following the carnage at UFC Fight Night 57 this past weekend in "The Lone Star State." Ultimat read news >>