Virgil Zwicker began his career with Team Quest and his upbringing on a Native American reservation could have took him down a different road, but mixed martial arts steered him away from his troubled past as young man and gave him a new focus to drive him away from any statistics he could have fallen into growing up on “the rez.”
For combat sports there is no easy road to professional competition, given what it takes to refine the craft of beating or getting beaten. Zwicker (16-7) is one of the many fighters that holds an alumni card to the school of hard knocks and has fought almost everywhere to prove it. Having competed at heavyweight and light heavyweight against fighters like Ovince St. Preux, Houston Alexander and Aleksander Emelianenko, Zwicker has shown he is an anytime, anywhere type of fighter.
During an interview on the Coast 2 Coast Combat Hour, Zwicker talked about the long road of his career, and at 36-years-old mentioned some fights he would like to have before he decides to hang up his gloves.
“I’ve been a free agent since I left Bellator,” said Zwicker. “I’d like to fight Matt Mitrione, I’d dust him.”
He also said he would like another fight against the younger Emelianenko and Fabio Maldonado, but seemed particularly interested in Mitrione:
“He's good, athletic, beautiful feet, good hands. But the guy’s got no heart, you know I mean? He’s a quitter.”
Edward Carbajal serves as the lead MMA analyst for Frontproof Media and holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a brown belt in Ishin Ryu Karate. He has covered combat sports since 2014 and has been a fan of MMA since UFC 1. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com.