Adam Borics is facing Aaron Pico at Bellator 222 in Madison Square Garden. While aware of Pico's power in his boxing and his deep wrestling background, Borics feels he is a better mixed martial arts fighter. Fighters tend to have strengths in a base discipline and when transitioning to MMA it takes time to develop the other skills that make a complete fighter. Borics believes he already has put that time in and that it will be his advantage come Friday night.
"I have more experience," Borics said of Pico. "He may be a better wrestler and a better boxer, but I'm a better MMA fighter." Pico is 4-2 coming against Borics' undefeated 12-0 record. With Pico coming off of a loss, Borics is feeling confident. "After this fight, people are going to know who I am."
Borics does not feel any added pressure that is different from his other fights but is excited about fighting in Madison Square Garden. When asked about fighting in the famous arena he said, "I think it's incredible I can fight in Madison Square Garden. It's a really big deal." Other than that he is ready to compete at Bellator 222.
Borics considers himself a striker but training at Hard Knocks 365 has made him ready for anything. With Pico's wrestling background takedown attempts with success are expected. "If he takes me down, I will get up," Borics said. However, he feels his pressure and his offense will be enough to keep that from happening. "I'm ready for everything."
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 the first UFC. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com.