Matt Frevola made a name for himself on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender series, earning a UFC contract with a second-round arm triangle submission over a very game Luke Flores. Frevola is now set to make his debut for the big show, January 14th at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, in St. Louis, Missouri. He will be taking on seasoned striker, Marco Polo Reyes.
Up until this point “The Steamrolla” has had anything but a normal path to the UFC. “I won my first amateur title in my third fight and actually became the Costa Rican Amateur Lightweight Champion against one of their hometown guys,” said Frevola. He described winning the title as a very unique experience, explaining “We fought outside in a bullfighting arena and midway through the fight it actually started raining on us, so it was nothing like I had ever experienced. I ended up winning in the third round by armbar after a hard striking battle so I’ll never forget that one.” Frevola defended his Costa Rican belt later on in his 7th amateur fight before going pro. He has held an undefeated 6-0 record as a professional.
Frevola has become a fixture of the Serra-Longo Fight Team since returning to Long Island seven months ago. Working with coaches like Jason Sargus, Matt Serra and Ray Longo, and sparring with top level competitors including Aljamain Sterling, Merab Dvalishvili and James Gonzalez, adds to the “iron sharpens iron” mentality that has been cultivated at LAW MMA and Serra BJJ. “I have also had some great rounds with Justin ‘The Kid’ Montalvo. He’s very similar to my opponent in that he is a great striker, very long and lanky and has prepared me very well for my fight.” Matt has also spent a lot of time in Tampa, Florida where he went to college, training with Matt Arroyo at the Gracie Tampa Academy.
This training camp for Frevola has been excellent and he feels ready to put on a show for the millions of fans watching. “My body feels great, my mind feels great, and I feel ready. I put an emphasis on training smart for this fight to be able to have a long career in this sport. I see 2018 as being my breakout year and after this fight I want to have a quick turnaround and fight four times this year.” Frevola is extremely confident going into this fight and believes he can win from any position. “My opponent expects me to try and take the fight to the ground, but I have no problem striking with this guy. I see myself hurting him and then finishing him early.”
New York Fighting would like to thank Matt “The Steamrolla” Frevola for his time and we wish him luck in his upcoming fight. You can watch him take on Marco Polo Reyes at UFC Fight Night live on Fox Sports 1 on January 14th.
Written by Nick Shimkin
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