Jake Nauracy will be making his professional debut and his Bellator debut in the same night on Friday March 9th at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. As an amateur he remained undefeated finishing all ten of his opponents. Nauracy was on RecapRadio and discussed his upcoming fight with Cory Galloway and more.
How’s things going?
What’s going, how’s it going.
You are making your pro debut at Bellator 60, talk to us a bit about getting the call to fight for such a major promotion for your first pro fight.
You know it’s pretty much like any other fight. It’s something that I have always wanted, I wanted to make it up to the pro level. I am glad to be fighting for them. Bellator its pretty cool. Its something I never imagined to happen.
Your opponent is Team Curran’s Cory Galloway who is also making his pro debut. What can you tell us about him?
No I didn’t know who he was until a week or two ago when they mentioned his name. I couldn’t really find much on him, but I got a couple details on him.
From what we understand it was difficult finding an opponent for you, how many opponents were you presented with before Cory signed to fight you?
Man I was getting calls left and right saying “We got you an opponent and then he’d back out”. It sucks because you are putting in all this hard work and training and it’s was just let down after let down after let down. They found me a good opponent and I am looking forward to it.
Typically when guys are making their pro debut there isn’t a lot of tape on guys, but is that something you look for or do you just say hey I gotta train everywhere?
Pretty much. I train for any obstacle. Be it a wrestler, boxer, jiu jitsu guy, whatever. I train my ass of for every type of fighter.
One thing that I noticed when I saw you last weekend at Babes and Brawls was that you are extremely tall for a bantamweight. Do you think that will play a factor into the fight in both the weight cut and a size advantage?
I get that a lot that I am big. I am used to the cut. Every fight I have had has been at bantamweight except for one. It does play a big factor having a size advantage over everybody. My cardio is still there. It is something I am kind of used to cutting down to the 35.
All of your wins have come via first round finish leading some to question if you have the gas tank should the fight go into the later rounds. Are you expecting this fight with Galloway to go into deeper waters or do you think it will be another quick finish for you?
I always expect the fight to go the distance, but I always look for a quick finish. I am always training and worried about my cardio. I am always thinking what if it goes the distance. I do the shark training which is one new opponent after another and work on it.
Being that you train out of Torres Martial Arts, should we expect to see Miguel in your corner and is there any sort of rivalry between Torres Martial Arts academy and Team Curran that helps hype this fight up more?
Not really there’s no local feud. It is an opposing gym so we will have fighters that clash.
You were undefeated as an amateur, having fought most of your fights for Cut Throat MMA. You are their current bantamweight champion what was it like fighting for Cut Throat?
It is pretty cool fighting for them. I never expected to get up to the champion level. I had my first fight with Cut Throat, then I fought three times for Total Fight Challenge. Cut Throat got a hold of me cause they saw I was finishing fights in the first round. I had one more fight before I got to fight for the title. It’s been an honor to fight for them.
Where can the fans find you at?
Facebook and Twitter. Just look me up at Jake Nauracy on facebook or @jnauracy135 on twitter.
Any sponsors or people you want to thank?
I want to thank Gene my striking instructor, Andre my jiu jitsu instructor, Miguel cause he’s been like a big brother to me looking after me, everyone at Torres Martial Arts, my brother John, my mom and everyone who has helped me out for this fight.