Mike Kuhn to determine once and for all the who the organization's best is at 135 pounds.
The MMA Journalist reached out to Punzone for a quick interview, so for some insight into the 21-year-old Lake Ronkonkoma resident, read on.
Talk about your training background - did you wrestle, do grappling tournaments, etc.?
I started training At 14-years old. I only trained jiu-jitsu for a year and then started stand-up. I trained at American Fighter and a few other gyms before finding my home which is East West MMA. I have six years experience in fighting in both kickboxing and MMA. I wrestled at Notre Dame college. They're Division II, and five-time national champions. I wrestled there with my cousin Vinny Punzone.
You're fighting for a championship belt on Saturday - does the belt add any pressure to it?
The belt doesn't add any pressure, I feel no pressure when competing because I've competed my whole life.
What do you expect out of your opponent in terms of his background and skills?
I don't know what to expect. It's a fight, and anything can happen. All I know is that he is a grappler and I am also so wherever the fight goes I will be very comfortable.
How long do you plan on staying an amateur?
I plan on turning pro this year. Yes, some would say it's early, but I have the best coaches in the game and best training partners to get me to that level.