Photos By: Keri Gaudreau of Keri Gaudreau Photography
This past month, Fire & Ice Fighting Championships held their “Gods of War” Amatuer and Professional Mixed Martial Arts event at the BodyRenew SportsPlex. The Winchester Jiu Jitsu Academy’s very own, Tyler Barisciano, stepped into the cage for the first time and put on an amazing show, finishing his opponent, Trevor Smith, in devastating fashion. In what could arguably be the most exciting fight of the night, Tyler won in the 3rd round by way of Rear Naked Choke. We recently sat down with Tyler to get his take on the fight, and to learn more about him and his training program.
Stats: Tyler Barisciano Age: 19 Height: 5’4” Weight: 125 Record: 1-0
What was your motivation to get in the cage? I’ve always wanted to fight, ever since I was a kid. Being a wrestler, fighting seemed to be the next stage in my progression as a competitor.
Watching the playback of the fight, give us your thoughts about your performance? I thought it was a very good performance for my first fight. I wasn’t initially going to take the fight straight to the ground but my wrestling background kicked in and helped me control and ultimately dominate the fight.
What did you do to prepare for this fight? We held an 8 week fight camp and we really focused on the “Shark Tank”, which is when we have 3 minute rounds and halfway through the round, they send in a fresh guy. They basically beat on you to get you as tired as possible and as the weeks progressed, the training got easier. I also went on 5 miles runs everyday to enhance my cardio. And lots of weightlifting.
What does future hold for you in terms of fighting? I definitely plan on getting back in the cage hopefully by July. and I'm confident that as my skill sets progress, I plan on going pro.
How does this experience compare to other life experiences? It's the craziest adrenaline rush that I’ve ever felt and having so many people there screaming for me and supporting me was just unbelievable. When my opponent tapped, it felt so good to get the finish in my first fight.
Any advice for people thinking about stepping into the cage? Definitely make sure it’s something you want to do. It seems like all fun and games when you’re watching it on TV, but it's a completely different thing to step into the cage and do it.
Anyone you want to thank: I’d like to thank the gym and all the people that were there to get me ready for this fight and my training partner Ravon for helping me prepare mentally and physically for this fight.