Rama Will Let His Game Plan Do The Talking at MFC 38


Smealinho Rama MFCSmealinho Rama doesn’t think much of his upcoming opponent whom he’ll face for the Maximum Fighting Championship’s heavyweight crown.

But “The Prince” isn’t disparaging foe Anthony “A-Train” Hamilton. Rama doesn’t think much of him because he doesn’t think that much about him. Rama is solely focused on the battle for the heavyweight title, which is fast-approaching at MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines on Friday, October 4.

It’s just that Rama has his mindset wrapped around what he’s going to do that night, and not on who he’ll be plying his trade against.

“I don’t think about him. I don’t watch anything on him. I don’t even really know much about him,” said Rama.

“Learning about him, that’s what my coaches are for. They do all that because that’s what they do best. And when it comes to training and fighting, I do what they tell me to do. I’m always prepared.”

Rama (6-0) will look to execute his coaches’ game plan to perfection when he faces Hamilton (10-2) for the belt at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, and live on AXS TV Fights. The fight camp for Rama has been under way for several weeks already, and the Calgary, Alberta, product feels he’s ready to go despite the fact he still has about a month of gym grind still remaining.

Most of Rama’s anxiousness comes from being in the midst of the longest layoff of his young career. He was scheduled to fight for the title in May, but his then-opponent’s last-minute withdraw due to injury left Rama on the bench. He’s now had eight months of training to prepare for a shot at the belt and it’s left him more than eager to get back in the ring.

“I’m killing it … Just training my butt off,” said Rama following a hill run. “I wish the fight was tomorrow.”

The six-foot-two, 21-year-old, who was born in Greece, rose to prominence in lightning-quick fashion – a progression that earned him high praise throughout the MMA community, most notably by Fight Matrix which named him their Rookie of the Year for 2012. Under the MFC banner, he’s pummeled durable veteran Lee Mein, flashed his cat-like maneuverability and submission skills with a tapout of Ryan Fortin, and put the stun gun on former top Canadian big man Mike Hackert.

All six of his wins have come inside the first round, with not a single bout hitting the four-minute mark. His rear-naked choke win over Fortin also earned him the MFC’s 2012 Submission of the Year. It should come to no one’s surprise that Rama lists his two heroes as Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson – two of combat sports’ most devastating finishers.

Ranked 35th in the world by Fight Matrix, Rama will get his stiffest test to date in Hamilton, who enters the MFC riding a four-fight winning streak. Three of those victories have come via knockout and all four foes have been felled in the opening round.

Tickets for MFC 38: Behind Enemy Lines are on sale now via www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling the MFC Ticket Hotline at (780) 504-2024.

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