The Rialto Theater fight card features a grudge match between Jesus Borrego of Tucson, former ASU wrestler | Tucson Sports
While the two fighters are the same age – 24 – and have been involved in various combat sports for over a decade, Ikei believes he is the most polished fighter who can adapt to any situation.
“I know (Borrego) likes to show up, so we focused on that at camp. We covered every aspect of where this fight could possibly go,” Ikei said. “Whether it’s on our feet, on the floor or against the cage, I’ll be ready for anything.”
Although Ikei is well versed in all forms of wrestling – he twice won the Hawaiian State Wrestling Championships in high school before joining the Arizona State wrestling team – the young grappler has spent the past two years focusing on MMA. Ikei is 2-0 over the past year, having won both fights so dramatically.
But the hard-hitting Borrego is not your average amateur competition. He personally asked for Ikei as an opponent and said he planned to give fight fans their money on Saturday.
Ikei said he wasn’t shaken by Borrego’s aggression and would look for an opportunity to use him against the Tucson fighter.
“He’s a boxer, so I have to be careful with those hands. A lot of my camp was just focused on areas I could improve,” Ikei said. “I’m not too familiar with all the aspects of (Borrego’s) style, but I know he likes to swing in the pocket and I’ll be ready for the fireworks.”