The Philadelphia MMA scene is growing every single day. More and more fighters are making a name for themselves out of the 215MMA scene. Bellator MMA fighters Eddie Alvarez, Sammy Oropeza, Will Martinez, and Anthony "Cheesesteak" Morrison are just to name a few. Marius Enache is looking to become the next big name in MMA out of the 'City of Brotherly Love'. Enache is a Professional MMA fighter, and is currently holding a record of 1-1. I had the chance to talk with Enache a little bit about his personal life, his last fight, and about his upcoming fight on November 1st at the Valley Forge Casino at CFFC 29 against Tom Marcellino:
Kyle Holdsworth: Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. When was it that you first started getting into MMA? Why did you become interested in the sport?
Marius Enache: I trained in Judo since age 9. Judo was one of the few martial arts available to me during communist times in Romania, where I grew up. I started Judo as a way to defend myself, and basically survive a very harsh environment. When I came to the US, I began training and competing in Wrestling, because judo wasn't as common here. MMA was a natural next step for me.
KH: Who did you look up to when you first got into the sport of MMA?
ME: Before MMA existed, I was always fascinated with the idea of combining martial arts for self-defense. For this reason, I'd have to say Bruce Lee has always been the fighter I most admired - as he really introduced this concept to me. In terms of actual MMA fighters, I have a lot of respect for GSP [UFC Welterweight Champion Georges "Rush" St-Pierre] and the way he shows respect and carries himself as an actual martial artist.
KH: How is the Marius Enache inside the cage different, than Marius Enache outside the cage?
ME: Inside the cage, I'm obviously a lot more aggressive and competitive than I am outside the cage. That said, I think my style and personality remain the same - inside and out. I'm not a flashy showman. I grew up appreciating the sport and artistry of Martial Arts. I've always been intrigued by cultures that respect Martial Arts in this way, like the extremely focused and attentive Japanese audience. I think it's important to respect all of my opponents for the training and dedication they put into this sport.
KH: You're record is 1-1 as a Professional fighter. You're coming off your first Pro loss, how has that affected you going into this upcoming fight?
ME: It has simply made my desire for a win even stronger, which has translated into my training. I am much older than most fighters, so my time to pursue MMA as a competitive sport is limited. Therefore, I put a lot into every opportunity.
KH: What do you know about your opponent [Tommy Marcellino] at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 29? How do you think you match-up against him?
ME: I know he has a solid Professional record and will be a tough opponent. He has more Professional experience than me, but I'm looking to challenge myself. I feel ready.
KH: What are your predictions for your upcoming fight?
ME: I don't make predictions. My only forecast is that, I will be a viable opponent and put on a good show.
KH: Are there any sponsors, or people you would like to give a shout out to or like to thank?
ME: I would to thank my wife for continuing to support my dream, and my brother and family (in the US, Italy, Romania and Spain) for believing in me. I'd also like to thank my training camp, especially Roland Marshall and Prashant Paul for leading my camp. And, thank you to Balance Studios, Martinez BJJ and Binns Management for helping me prepare for this opportunity.
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