A Talk With Houston Native Legacy MMA Fighter David Acosta

Posted on 11 May 2016

On Friday, May 13th, Houston MMA fighter, David "Super" Acosta, will move up to bantamweight to open Legacy 55 on AXS TV. David is a BJJ practitioner grabbing two submission victories in his first two professional bouts (via Kimura & Ankle Lock) for a total ring time of 4:21. Coming off of a loss after a three round war in his last fight, the former "Legacy Flyweight Amateur Champion" is looking to prove that he's not only the best in the division but a standout over all competition.


Last week, I had the opportunity to sit down (over the phone. I'm sure we were both sitting though) and talk to David about his upcoming bout, fighter rituals and more.

Team Alpha Male is the mecca for smaller fighters. How was your time there?

It was really everything and more. It was a pretty great experience to get out there with these high level guys. But I'm back in Houston for this camp training at "4oz Fight Club" and the majority of my Jiu-Jitsu at "The Darkside"

That's actually a great segway into my next question. How long have you done Jiu-Jitsu and why did you choose that over other martial arts? 

Well I started at 16 or 17 years old. It was actually kind of random. My buddy told me a gym opened up near our house so we thought "why not just go try it" and here we are 7 years later and I'm fighting (chuckles) It was all by chance though really. I wanted to do this growing up but never had the outlet. Once I had the chance I never really stopped.

That's awesome. You were a force as an amateur with your Jiu-Jitsu and got off to a hot start as a professional. How do you bounce back after getting derailed a little bit in that last fight? 

For me, every fight is up in the air. It's a very weird game.. I mean you can be 100% ready and feel great and lose or feel like shit and still win (laughs). It's definitely a fun game. I mean it's a punchers chance, anything can happen in that 15 minute window. All I can do is be prepared. That's all I really focus on and let whatever happens from there happen.

Your opponent, Humberto Deleon, is wildly inconsistent. What do you believe are his strengths and how have you trained to counter that? 

I honestly haven't looked too much into him. For this camp I'm more worried about myself and improving myself. I know he has 12 professional fights but I'm focused more on myself. Mainly because he hasn't fought in a year and a half. I know if I was out for a year and a half I'd come back a whole new monster. So I'm not really focusing on how he was almost two years ago.

Before you step into the ring what's the last thing that goes through your mind?

That's a good one. I honestly don't know. I'm not the type to get nervous there's just a lot going on in that process. I really soak it all in from the time I'm given the go to start my walk out. I know there's a lot of people watching so I definitely try not to trip on my way into the cage.

I know you got your nickname "Super" for being a really positive guy to work and train with. What keeps you so driven to be so positive?

For me, I definitely hand pick who I surround myself with. I surround myself with people who can keep that vibe up. I've trained at a couple different places and I pick and choose what works and what doesn't work for me. I give 100% credit to the people around me though. My friends and my coaches are the people that know me well enough to know when I'm having a shitty day and need a pick me up. Positive people keep me going so it's definitely the people around me.

After this fight, is there anyone you'd like to fight specifically? Maybe the winner of the Leomana Martinez vs Cody Owens makes the move to professional in a battle of two former Legacy Amateur Champions?

I actually train with Cody Owens but who knows. I'm typically a flyweight but after this fight I definitely want to go back down to my division. This fight is at 135 and I haven't even started (weight) cutting yet. I don't have any one person in mind. The president of Legacy asked me to take this fight on five weeks notice at 135 and I didn't ask who it was, I didn't ask for any details, I told yeah put me on the card. But like I said I don't focus on any one person, I'll fight anyone in my division.

No matter where you're fighting, Flyweight is a talented division. What sets you apart from your competition?

I'm a very smart fighter. I can find my way out of stuff. A lot of guys, especially at this level, are just overly aggressive and not thinking and that's where a lot of my wins come from. I'm a very smart fighter so sitting back, being patient and thinking my way into beating someone. I'm usually a few steps ahead of a lot of the guys here so I'm being smarter and knowing when to be aggressive.

What's your post fight victory meal?

After my last few fights it's been "Star Pizza" it's really good.

What toppings?

Just cheese! That's an easy one.

I know you're a big "Game of Thrones" fan. What would your game plan be to take on, The Mountain?

(Laughs) That's a good one.... maybe run? (We both laugh) No, maybe hook up with Khaleesi and use her dragons. Yeah that's definitely the plan.

Remember David is opening the main card so be sure to tune in early. AXS TV can be found on:

Direct Tv- 340
AT&T- 1106

Or check your local cable provider for the AXS TV channel. As for a personal opinion, I think David gets a Kimura before the end of the 1st round! 

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