Before undefeated Canadian Alexi Argyriou tries to improve to 6-0 for Hard Knocks Fighting on March 17 in Calgary, Alta., Canada, LIVE on The Fight Network in Canada, the dynamic 155-pound contender sat down with MMA Mad.
Q: After five wins to kick off your pro career, is it tough to not let early success get to your head?
A: Is it tough? No, no it’s not. It doesn’t really mean anything at the end of the day. It means something, I suppose. The question I get asked all of the time is, “when are you going to fight in the UFC?” Nobody in my friend group knows about Hard Knocks, but everyone asks about the UFC. That will validate my career at that point.
Q: Why have you been able to consistently rise up the ladder and rise to the occasion against progressively tougher opponents?
A: I don’t fight too often. Some guys fight too often and don’t focus on becoming a better martial artist. It’s been a gradual progression, I haven’t bitten off too much too soon. That leads back to having smart people around me. I take tough, but smart fights that allow me to develop as a fighter.
Q: Are you at all surprised by the success you’ve found so far?
A: No, I’m not surprised by it because it’s something I worked toward every day. I know what it takes. I’ve been around the sport for a while so I’ve seen successful fighters and people who’ve not been successful fighters. If I wasn’t working as hard as I am and still winning these fights, I’d be surprised. But I’m having to earn these wins by just putting the work in.
Q: How would it feel to have your hand raised after your next fight?
A: It would feel great; it would feel awesome. I had my hand raised last time but I had a little emptiness because I didn’t perform to the best of my ability. I’m going into this fight knowing I’m going to win, so I know just want to know I have a good performance. That will make me even happier.
Q: If Dana White is reading this, what would you like to say to him?
A: It’s about time you get some better looking fighters on the roster. If you’re in the neighbourhood on March 17, and let me put on a show for you!