Following a win in February 2020, bantamweight Mark Slyter was trying to construct momentum when the novel coronavirus pandemic sidelined him for the final practically 20 months.
Fortunately for Slyter, he’s been capable of keep lively coaching each on his personal, and together with his group following the lifting of restrictions, so he doesn’t really feel as if his time away from the cage has been wasted.
“I’ve simply been grinding away,” Slyter instructed MMAWeekly.com. “Proper when Covid began I truly redid my basement and created somewhat gymnasium down there. We had some folks down there simply sparring continuous. Simply saved pushing ahead, grinding.
“At one level not having the ability to get fights, and with every little thing shut down, it was somewhat un-motivating, however simply saved pushing ahead and every little thing been opening again up.”
Having come into MMA with a powerful grappling base, Slyter has labored to develop his submission recreation to additional intensify the hazard he poses to opponents on the bottom.
“Actually this final yr I’ve spent much more time in a gi, rolling Jiu-Jitsu,” mentioned Slyter. “I didn’t ever used to go well with up in a gi and go to Jiu-Jitsu day by day, which I ought to have been doing the entire time.
“That’s been the primary change this previous yr, simply being in a gi as a lot as I can and rolling as a lot as I can. I’m a wrestler, so I can get folks to the bottom fairly simply, so if I can maintain engaged on my Jiu-Jitsu it’s simply that a lot simpler to complete them.”
This Saturday in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri, Slyter (6-3) will look return to preventing with a bang when he takes on Garrett Armfield (6-2) within the 135-pound co-main occasion of Shamrock FC 332.
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“Garrett’s in all probability the hardest opponent I’ve ever confronted,” Slyter mentioned. “I do know he’s a tricky opponent, trains out an actual strong camp, has energy in his palms and has good hanging. He’s a tricky problem, and I like powerful fights, as a result of that can take you the place you wish to go.
“I’ve watched the footage of his final loss, and to be sincere with you, I’ve seen lots of holes in his recreation. I see lots of spots I can capitalize on in order that simply makes me that extra assured.”
Having come off a convincing win in his final battle virtually two years in the past, Slyter doesn’t really feel the necessity to overextend himself to attempt to show something. He would quite concentrate on getting higher and have good performances as results of that.
“I don’t really feel like I went anyplace, so I don’t do that to essentially show that I’m again,” mentioned Slyter. “I simply go in there and check out not to consider it an excessive amount of; I attempt to concentrate on coaching; however I don’t attempt to get in that second once I’m within the cage and occupied with all of it intimately, I simply attempt to keep relaxed.
“Even the day of the battle I attempt to maintain my thoughts off of it as a lot as I can. Once I get in there my preparation and all of that talk for itself. I simply attempt to maintain it off my thoughts, attempt to concentrate on coaching and being the very best fighter I might be.”