Road to Venator Fighting Championship 4: interview with Giuseppe Ruotolo
High-end short notice for Giuseppe Ruotolo (3-5, 1 NC MMA, 0-1 Venator): thanks to the exit of Franco De Martiis, he will face Matteo Minonzio in the fight that will kick off the main card of the Venator Fighting Championship 4.
A few days before the fight, MMA Today offers you his words.
MMA Today: Before talking about Venator, let’s start from your last fight at Venkon Fight Night 2: what didn’t work out for you against Cody Jones?
Giuseppe Ruotolo: The last fight at Venkon against Cody Jones was going as I expected. I knew he would be aggressive, our strategy was to defend his takedowns and keep the fight standing in order to land heavy shots. Then I scored a precise takedown, but he was really good on the ground. I defended his submissions in every way (3 times), I defended the mata leo but eventually it got synced in. Simply on the ground he was stronger than me.
MT: What was the reason that persuaded you to agree to fight in Milan at short notice? The idea to perform again in Venator, that of facing a pioneer like Matteo Minonzio or a combination of those 2 things?
GR: When the matchmaker Stabile called me and proposed me this fight, I immediately thought that I would face a pioneer like Minonzio and that would have been a great challenge! So I accepted.
MT: What kind of a fight do you expect at Venator? Your opponent has great experience but hasn’t been in a cage for some time.
GR: For this fight I don’t think that my opponent has a disadvantage, despite being out for almost 3 years. We are talking about a fighter who has had 42 bouts, if I’m not mistaken (41, ed). It will be a very tough match up but I will do my best as always.
MT: Were you already preparing for another fight at the time of the call? How did you structure the training camp for this occasion?
GR: When this call came, I had 2 fights on tap but nothing concrete. I always work out every day: simply, when the call came, I intensified my training with my sparring partner Giovanni Luciani from Legio’s Team Torino, the guys from Skull Boxe in Asti and the Judo Club Asti.
MT: You will fight in the light heavyweight division after several matches at middleweight: how are you feeling at this weight coming into this fight?
GR: I will do this match at 205 lbs. I actually fight at my natural weight, so I didn’t worry about making the cut for this bout. Surely the middleweight division is more suited to me.