Updated: February 15, 2015

18 year old Gilbert Urbina is an MMA fighter from Weslaco, Texas. He trains at the East Donna Boxing Gym and with American Top Team in Florida. In Brownsville, on January 17th, he battled it out with Roldan Abundis and won by unanimous decision in the cage at HERO FC Best of the Best IV. I had a chance to talk to him about his fight.

Q: Were you expecting your fight with Roldan to be such a war?

A: In all honesty, I didn’t expect it to be a fight like that. I was expecting to finish him and finish him early. I had a couple of chances to do it too. I had some rear naked chokes on him.

Q: Was he doing anything in the fight that was causing you any difficulties?

A: He had some really good submission defense.  It led to me hitting him some more, but he had good submission defense. I had a choke pretty tight on him and he got out of it.

Q: What do you think he was doing that was surprising you the most?

A: He was backing up a lot and I was expecting him to come forward more. I wasn’t training for him to move around like that. I was expecting to move more like a boxer. I was training a lot of boxing. I wanted to showcase my hands.

Q: Was there a point in the fight when you thought you were gaining control?

A: As soon as I took him down the first time, I knew I needed to continue with taking him down. When I took him down I had him in good position to show my offense. After I took him down, I knew I could do it again or even three or four more times if I had to.

Q: Your wrestling looked as if it was the deciding factor of the fight, do you agree?

A: Definitely. In between rounds, Hector was telling me that I didn’t have to stand with him. He said I could just take him down. I chose to stand with him. I felt like I needed to showcase myself.

Q: Things got heated between you guys at the weigh-ins and after the fight, it seemed like you two really didn’t like each other, was there a reason for that?

A: I don’t know. I’m fighting. I am not there to make friends with my opponent. We’re trying to beat each other up.

Q: What are your goals and aspirations for this sport?

A: I plan to make it to the UFC. I know I will make it. That’s a goal I know I am going to get to. I want titles. I want to be the best in the world.

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