Jack Della Maddalena couldn’t think of a better way to earn a UFC contract than by impressing company bosses with a stellar performance on The Contender Series.
That said, the Aussie welterweight has witnessed the gift and curse the show has given many fighters who entered the UFC after Dana White deemed them worthy of a multi-fight deal with the promotion. .
While The Contender Series is certainly a high-profile way to get the UFC’s attention, there have been more than a few examples of athletes tripping and falling hard after facing better competition at the UFC. interior of the octagon.
None of this shakes Della Maddalena, who welcomes all the expectations placed on his shoulders as he prepares for his debut at UFC 270.
“I was super happy with that way of getting in,” Della Maddalena told MMA Fighting. “It was good getting into the Contender Series, sort of seeing the UFC but not really being in the UFC. It looked like a UFC fight but it wasn’t really a UFC fight. For us, in a way, everything worked perfectly and now that the debut of the UFC is fast approaching, everything seems to be falling into place.
“I am delighted with the supplement [attention]. The more eyes, the better. I know what I can do and I know what I will do. Definitely my style, I’ll go out and do pretty much the same thing. My battles will be action-packed until the end. I just have to go out and play and fight like I love to fight and hope everyone enjoys it.
Despite the lack of rules governing how fighters are selected to receive The Contender Series UFC contracts, the most common route taken involves a flashy knockout or jaw-dropping submission.
In the case of Della Maddalena, he actually made a decision with his opponent Ange Loosa before White called his name and while he would have liked a highlight finish, he sees a lot of value in the 15 minutes that he passed through the front cage. makes his UFC debut.
“I was hoping before the fight to get that knockout,” Della Maddalena explained. “Even right after the fight I wanted to get the knockout, but looking back and even an hour after the fight I realized it was probably best to get those three rounds in those specific circumstances.
“I had three rounds and was tested in all facets of mixed martial arts. It turned out to be a blessing for us to get those three rounds rather than getting my first three rounds in the UFC. It won’t be new for me in the UFC now.
Since competing on the regional circuit in his native Australia, Della Maddalena has earned a reputation for always putting on friendly fights with the fans that rarely involved the judges.
He really hopes to produce the same kind of results in the UFC, but Della Maddalena is smart enough to realize that the only way to secure his future in the promotion is to win.
So that’s exactly what he plans to do starting with his fight against Pete Rodriguez on Saturday night.
“My fighting style is going to create some exciting fights,” Della Maddalena said. “But even if I’m in a boring fight, I don’t care what other people think.
“As long as I get the win. I think it’s lucky that my style brings these kinds of exciting fights. It’s the way I train to fight. I couldn’t think of anything else than I would. wouldn’t fight like that.