Looking back on his first year in the pro MMA ranks, bantamweight up and comer Dustin Lampros would have liked to have been more active, but otherwise can’t complain about how the year turned out.
In two bouts in 2018, Lampros was able to pick up two first-round finishes and kick off his pro career in strong fashion.
“Actually I would have liked to had more pro fights that year, but (I missed time) due to injuries,” Lampros told MMAWeekly.com. “Finishing (my opponents) early in the first round is a good way to start my pro career off.
“Nothing really changed jumping from amateurs to pro; maybe just extra time in the cage, but I haven’t gotten to experience that so far. I picked up my first two wins, and hopefully this year I can stay healthy and pick up three, four, five more.”
For Lampros, the decision to make the move to the pro ranks wasn’t predetermined, but came as he felt he was ready to make the move up.
“It was never set in stone for 2018, I just felt like it was that time,” said Lampros. “I understood my body and understood who I was as a fighter, so it was the right time.
“I’m a lot better than I was. It’s just the comfortability; knowing myself in the cage and knowing how I move. It takes a little time to really get that comfortability in the cage. I think that’s the deciding factor in a lot of fights – who is more comfortable in there.”
This Saturday in St. Charles, Missouri, Lampros (2-0) will be looking to remain undefeated when he faces late replacement Adam Stone (0-0) in a main card 135-pound bout at Shamrock FC 314.
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