LAS VEGAS – Fresh off earning a UFC contract, Impa Kasanganay is not wasting any time.
Kasanganay (7-0), who’d appeared once before on “Dana White’s Contender Series,” was able to punch his ticket to the UFC this time with a unanimous decision win over Anthony Adams on Tuesday at DWCS 28.
Now it’s straight back to work for Kasanganay, who waited almost a year to get his second shot at the Contender Series. He’ll be making a quick turnaround when he takes on fellow DWCS veteran Maki Pitolo at the UFC’s Aug. 22 event.
For someone who just went three hard rounds, it’s a quick return to action, but Kasanganay is already accustomed to being active. Less than two years into his professional MMA career, the undefeated middleweight already has fought seven times.
“I’m always ready to go,” Kasanganay told reporters, including MMA Junkie, after his win at the UFC Apex. “If you look at my pro debut here, I had two fights in March. I fought six times within eight months. I love to fight. I love to stay active, and this is what I do. It’s not something new to me, it’s not something to my team. I’ll be back in practice this week and make the adjustments we need to make, so come this next fight we’ll be ready to fight after that.”
Kasanganay spent almost a year without fighting in between his two DWCS stints but was at the gym every day helping his teammates, staying ready for the call.
“We had a bunch of guys that had fights,” Kasanganay said. “‘Hot Sauce’ (Holtzman) had a fight, Bryan (Barberena), Salter, it’s my job to help them. So my main focus is to serve my teammates. I had all these different looks to focus on, so I didn’t have to focus on myself too much.
“Since the last year, since Contender Series, I’ve been in practice every single day, ready to get after, get to work. So I knew when my time would come, I’d be ready, and I knew it wasn’t a matter of if. It was a matter of when, so I said when that time comes, I have no excuse but to be ready.”