CHICO, Calif. – A local Butte County athlete is about to step into the MMA fighting ring, hoping to kick his career to the next level.
Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough caught up with Nicholas Maximov to talk about his passion for the sport and what it takes to be a winner in the fighting ring.
Yarbough first met Maximov while training at Chico Sports Club. After a brief conversation, she learned the 21-year old trains under the direction of MMA heavy-hitter Nate Diaz. During the week he joins other fighters; living and training in Stockton, focusing all their attention on one thing: perfection. On the weekends, he spends time at home in Chico, but still hits the gym.
Asked what he wants from his career in the ring, Maximov says he wants to be the best in the world and nothing less.
“That’s the goal. I’m not coming in here to be second. I’m devoting my life to this,” says Maximov.
For the past ten years, MMA fighting has consumed Maximov’s life. He says he trains every day; all hours of the day and even sometimes at night.
“It just never stops. We train all day. It never stops. It’s wrestling boxing, jui jitsu; it just never stops.
When Maximov is training; he is focused; in a zone. But he says in order to step into the MMA fighting ring; he has to be.
“You gotta be crazy in a way. I mean, I don’t want to get punched in the face. And if you’re afraid to fight, you probably shouldn’t be getting in the ring.”
Maximov is set to do just that; step into the ring Saturday, January 11th, 2020 for the “King of the Cage: Return to Order” event at Gold Country Casino and Resort.
The 2016 Chico High School grad says losing is not an option. He sees 2020 as the start of the next level of his MMA success.
“I never have a doubt in my mind about losing. I never doubt my ability. I think about the worst possible outcome, so I can train through it. My goal is to be in the UFC and to be the best in the world.”