Matt Fiordirosa. Photo courtesy of Wrecking Ball Fight Facility.
Everyone remembers “Sunshine”, right? You know, Matt Fiordirosa, the blond-haired kid that was constantly smiling, ventured on a semi cross-country trip with the TapouT crew on their reality show last season and ended up winning a fight outdoors in New Jersey (video here, a highlight here.) with Jeff Curran in his corner. Whatever happened to him? He was right on the doorstep of being one of the top, young featherweights in the game.
Guess what? We found him.
After almost a year away from the sport, Fiordirosa is just now getting back to training. A standout wrestler in high school, Fiordirosa owns wins over some pretty notable guys - HDNet Fights veteran Tristan Yunker and former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe among them. We were lucky enough to have a chance to talk to Matt, who touched a number of things including the reasoning behind his hiatus, his increase in popularity following the show, and where he’s currently training at these days.