Michael Mucitelli is no stranger to the Bellator Cage having won his last four fights pro fights for the promotion recently. Mucitelli is a notorious finisher who prior to his last fight, which went to decision; he had finished five fights with in the first round. He will be competing against Liam McGeary (6-0) on May 2, on the Bellator 118 main card on Spike TV, from the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This fight is sure to put on a show being both fighters hold the same pro record and McGeary Stands at a towering 6’6 while Mucitelli stands at only one inch shorter at 6’ 5”.With a similar body build, and style of finishing opponents this fight is very evenly matched and sure to test both opponent’s.
With an impressive 6-0 Pro record SciFighting decided to talk to the New York Native about what drives him and where his career is going. Scifighting has had the opportunity to speak with Mucitelli in the past about his views on Pro MMA in the past (See previous NY legalization article) , so we were excited to get an opportunity to discuss his career in MMA.
Mucitelli grew up in Syracuse New York, always an athlete his interest in Martial Arts did not begin until age 20 . He lettered in three sports in high school and played college football until a knee injury. In college at SUNY Albany he began training in capoeira, but some of the group members also knew Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing and muay thai so they traded information and so his love for MMA began. Mucitelli trains out of Tai Kai in Syracuse, NY but has been cross training in Philadelphia, PA. When Scifighting mentioned Mucitelli to Bjorn Rebney, CEO of Bellator, he stated, “Mikes awesome, Funny as they come, I don’t know how much you talk to the kid, but he’s funny, he’s a rockstar and we cant wait to see more of him.”
Scifighting: What’s your training camp like for this fight?
Mucitelli: This camp I started at Tai Kai in Syracuse with a huge focus on my striking and footwork, and then I left my school for the first extended cross camp I’ve ever done and spent the latter half of it at Team Balance in Philadelphia training under the Migliarese Brothers. I’ve really pushed my cardio and sparring to the extreme down here, continuing to work with a focus on striking training day in and out with UFC, Bellator, and WSOF vets and every Brazilian jiu-jitsu roll is an absolute killer. There are so many top-level black belts; there is never an easy roll. They also have access to a network of exceptionally tall Thai and MMA fighters to help prepare for this fight. I feel extremely prepared heading in having really pushed myself outside of my comfort zones and experience.
Scifighting: You mentioned brining in taller partners to come into work with you. Are you used to having a height and reach advantage? How has his build played into your preparation, if at all?
Mucitelli: I wouldn’t say I’m used to simply using height and reach, actually, for that very reason. Since day one I’ve always sparred with tall opponents, and my first fight in Bellator was against an undefeated taller opponent. But being able to mix up with new tall sparring partners makes me concentrate on getting my fundamentals down and that’s where I win fights. Not just by being taller, because I don’t train as the only tall fighter, but rather by being very fundamentally solid.
Scifighting: If you could pick your next opponent who would it be?
Mucitelli: Whoever gets me a step closer to a title shot.
Scifighting: What can we expect to see next from you in your MMA career?
Mucitelli: I’ve spent the majority of my career with Bellator and they’ve been nothing but the best to be a part of, I think with another win here I prove that I deserve a spot in their tournament so I can earn a shot at the top.
SciFighting: Who is your inspiration?
Mucitelli: My mom. She is generous beyond words, constantly faces struggles with iron will and a smile, and has an inner strength and goodness you don’t find in today’s world.
Mucitelli also followed up with how he wants to succeed in the sport to be able to give back to those that have help him succeed. Its seems as though Mucitelli has been underestimated for a majority of his career but his record and ability speak for themselves. He plays the underdog role well in MMA always coming out on top with a sort of exceptional humbleness you rarely see in the sport.