Knocking out a UFC veteran oftentimes gets you on the radar of the world’s most premier fighting organization. When you do it in back-to-back fights — which leads to winning a defending a championship belt — a phone call may come soon after.
That is the situation that Fury FC light heavyweight champion Ike Villanueva is in right now as he is coming off an impressive first round knockout of Rashad Coulter in his first title defense at Fury FC 40 this past weekend. Previously, “The Hurricane” captured the title with a 28-second finish of Roger Narvaez. The 35-year-old Villanueva feels that his regional fighting days should be behind him and that with the UFC heading to Houston in February, he is confident in his heart that the phone will ring.
Following his big win in Humble, Texas, Villanueva checked in with The Scrap to talk about the big win, the secret to his success during this incredible four-fight, first round finish streak, why he feels he deserves the call to fight at UFC 247 in his hometown of Houston — or any upcoming card — his co-workers throwing him a pep rally prior to the fight, being motivated by his teenage sons, and much more.
Check out the full interview with Fury FC light heavyweight champion Ike Villanueva coming off of his first round finish of Rashad Coulter over the weekend at Fury FC 40 in the video below.
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The Scrap’s Mike Heck is an interviewer and features writer for FloCombat, The Body Lock, MyMMANews and BJPenn.com. Happily married and a proud father, Mike also hosts a weekly podcast called Between the Links on the Loudmouth MMA Podcast Network and YouTube page. Follow all of Mike’s exclusive video interviews at Mike Heck MMA on YouTube and follow him on Twitter (@MikeHeck_JR).