WEC Featherweight prospect Josh “The Fluke” Grispi discussed various subjects in an exclusive interview for the LowKick.com community. Massachusetts-native Grispi is currently 13-1 in his Mixed Martial Arts campaign, enjoying an impressive 9-fight winning streak. Two days before the biggest fight of his career against Jens Pulver at WEC 41, “The Fluke” has seriously injured his ankle during training. Despite the injury, Josh Grispi did not pull out of the fight and eventually submitted the former UFC Lightweight Champion via a first round Guillotine Choke.
Now after a complicated surgery and a long recovery process, Grispi is ready to return to action against the 16-2 L.C. Davis at WEC 49 on June 20th. The young prospect stated that he is more than ready to fight in WEC again, and considers himself as a legit contender in the Featherweight division:
“It was tough recovering from my injury,” said Grispi. “I’m usually a very active person with ADHD so sitting still for a long time is something I’m not used to. After Physical therapy my ankle started feeling good and have been training hard on it now.
I Definitely think I’m a contender but I’m in no rush. I’m only 21 years old and like I tell the WEC I will fight anyone win or lose.”
World Extreme Cagefighting will present their first ever PPV this Saturday, featuring the WEC Featherweight Title fight between the reigning Champion Jose “Junior “Aldo, and the veteran Urijah “The California Kid” Faber. With Urijah Faber as a slight favorite according to the betting companies, Grispi has a hard time picking a winner for this showdown:
“Honestly it is a very tough fight to call,” stated Grispi. “I think that they are both crazy fast and athletic, both do wild and unpredictable things when they fight. I’m not sure who will win but I can’t wait to see it.”
Josh Grispi went only one to the judges decision, winning a decision against the Brazilian submission artist Fernando Bernandino, more than four years ago. With 6 knockouts and 5 submissions on his record, Grispi feels that it’s not his style to leave it to the judges:
“Maybe it is some fighters style. I’m always looking to finish my fights, but even if the person likes to go to distance, it’s not going to be successful. I am always going forward so I think that it would end with me or the other person victorious before the actual end of the fight.”
Twenty-one year old Josh Grispi has never fought outside US, as the fight against L.C. Davis in Canada will be his first international fighting adventure. Answering on a question about a possibility of fighting someday in Japan and who is his favorite fighter, Josh Grispi revealed his excitement about fighting in front of a Japanese crowd and Genki Sudo’s fighting style:
“I’ll be fighting in Canada June 20th so that should be exciting, but I definitely would love to fight in-front of a Japanese crowd someday. My personal favorite fighter is Genki Sudo. He is always trying to finish the fight, he has great kickboxing and unorthodox awesome wild submissions. Genki Sudo respects all of his opponents, so that’s why I have always looked up to his style of fighting.”
WEC 49 is scheduled to take place on June 20, at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event will be headlined by the showdown between the former WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner, and the unbeaten Kamal Shalorus. The fight between Josh Grispi and L.C. Davis is expected to serve as the co-main event of the evening.