Following a win in February 2020, bantamweight Mark Slyter was seeking to develop momentum when the unique coronavirus pandemic sidelined him for the last almost 20 months.
Luckily for Slyter, he’s had the ability to remain active training both on his own, and with his group following the lifting of limitations, so he does not feel as if his time far from the cage has actually been lost.
” I’ve simply been boning up,” Slyter informed MMAWeekly.com. “Right when Covid began I in fact renovated my basement and produced a little fitness center down there. We had some individuals down there simply sparring non-stop. Simply kept pressing forward, grinding.
” At one point not having the ability to get battles, and with whatever closed down, it was a little un-motivating, however simply kept pressing forward and whatever been opening back up.”
Having entered MMA with a strong grappling base, Slyter has actually worked to establish his submission video game to even more heighten the threat he positions to challengers on the ground.
” Really this in 2015 I’ve invested a lot more time in a gi, rolling Jiu-Jitsu,” stated Slyter. “I didn’t ever utilized to wear in a gi and go to Jiu-Jitsu daily, which I must have been doing the entire time.
” That’s been the primary modification this previous year, simply remaining in a gi as much as I can and rolling as much as I can. I’m a wrestler, so I can get individuals to the ground quite quickly, so if I can keep dealing with my Jiu-Jitsu it’s simply that a lot easier to complete them.”
This Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri, Slyter (6-3) will look go back to battling with a bang when he handles Garrett Armfield (6-2) in the 135- pound co-main occasion of Shamrock FC 332.
” Garrett’s most likely the most difficult challenger I’ve ever dealt with,” Slyter stated. “I understand he’s a hard challenger, trains out a genuine strong camp, has power in his hands and has excellent striking. He’s a hard obstacle, and I like hard battles, since that will take you where you wish to go.
” I’ve enjoyed the video footage of his last loss, and to be sincere with you, I’ve seen a great deal of holes in his video game. I see a great deal of areas I can profit from so that simply makes me that more positive.”
Having come off a persuading win in his last battle nearly 2 years back, Slyter does not feel the requirement to overextend himself to attempt to show anything. He would rather concentrate on improving and have great efficiencies as outcome of that.
” I do not seem like I went anywhere, so I do not do this to always show that I’m back,” stated Slyter. “I simply enter there and attempt not to consider it excessive; I attempt to concentrate on training; however I do not attempt to get in that minute when I’m in the cage and thinking of all of it in information, I simply attempt to remain unwinded.
” Even the day of the battle I attempt to keep my mind off of it as much as I can. When I act my preparation and all of that promote itself. I simply attempt to keep it off my mind, attempt to concentrate on training and being the very best fighter I can be.”