Imagine being a fighter with an almost stellar 11-2 record, on a four fight win streak, not logging a loss in almost three years. The problem is, you've fought in the smaller promotions and the names in the win column are relative unknowns. Then, out of nowhere, you get a call that's a game changer. Hell, it's a life changer. You're asked to fight one of the most well known names in kickboxing, who has crossed over into MMA, and wants to use you as a stepping stone on his way up the ladder.
This is the unique position light heavyweight, Angel DeAnda finds himself in. World Series of Fighting is giving him the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to stop a striking machine in his tracks. Most people think that he was chosen to be a Scooby snack for Tyrone Spong, but Angel has different plans in mind, and if he has his way, the stepping stone will be the body of the Dutch kickboxer.
When your nickname is 'The Dream', you've got to think big. Why stop at Tyrone Spong? Why not go for all the marbles, and make your name off UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. In a sport where confidence is everything, DeAnda has it in spades.
I recently sat down with my MMA Sentinel co-host, Iain Kidd in an interview with DeAnda where he discussed his dream of making it to the big show and fighting for Jones' belt. As a guy who once weighed 320 pounds, Angel is the kind of person that has the drive and ambition to realize his dreams. Will he make it all the way to UFC gold? Who knows. I will say one thing. I went into this interview not knowing much about this cat, and by the time it was wrapped, I felt like I had just spoken to the human version of The Little Engine That Could. Here's what he had to say:
If, no, when I beat Tyrone Spong on the feet, then everybody is not going to be saying that I'm just some backyard brawler. I do come from the streets. I don't come from a tae kwon do gym or a karate gym. That said, it doesn't mean that I'm just a brawler. I've got technique and I've been training and refining that technique for five years. I'm great on my feet and on the ground. Everybody is going to see that I'm for real.
If I could fight anyone, I would like to fight Jon Jones. I think I can beat him. I think I can knock him out, too. I'd like to fight him or whoever is considered the best in the world that's at a reachable weight class that I can get to. I don't want to fight in a division that would be easily taken over. I want to compete and push myself. I want to fight the best.
You can follow Angel via his Twitter account, @Angelthedream