Anthony Desilva to headline Epic 48 on February 18th

Anthony Desilva, the current Lightweight champion of Epic Fighting, is scheduled to headline Epic 48 on February 18, 2022. His opponent will be the undefeated, Luis Fernando Medina. Desilva’s appearance in the main event will mark his second lightweight title defense and will come just under three months after he defended his Epic Lightweight championship against Leon Shlemoon in October 2021 at Epic 47.

Early Life

Born and raised in Pomona, California, Anthony Desilva grew up with a love for MMA & wrestling from a very young age.

How did you get started in MMA?

My dad has been a massive fan of MMA since it’s inception and I’ve been fascinated with it ever since I was little. I never thought I could have any success with it until I joined my high school wrestling team and realized how much more I enjoyed 1-1 competition rather than team oriented sports. Once I had my first wrestling practice I was hooked. After I graduated high school I chose an MMA gym over a college institution and never looked back.

Mixed Martial Arts Career

What 1-2 things do you currently do in your training that have been keys to your success?

Consistency is the biggest reason for my success. Training for me is a lifestyle now and I treat it like I do with my job. I don’t skip days or have any worthy length of time out of the gym. I’m extremely dedicated to my craft. Besides that I would attribute my mental reps as a massive benefit to myself. I’ve always been big on visualization and that helps me tremendously with walking myself through techniques or even certain moments in fights. If I’m not physically training I’m mentally training.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in MMA or any sport to date?

Easily my biggest accomplishment was winning the California State championship. Defending it and my “epic fighting” promotional title was extremely gratifying but it doesn’t trump that initial accomplishment.

What 1-2 things do you believe differentiates you from your competitors?

The biggest difference is I don’t “go out” or party. I live a pretty simple lifestyle outside of fighting and it involves being straight edge meaning no drugs or alcohol even recreationally. I don’t enjoy those activities so I don’t partake In them and I see that as being a big distraction for many athletes historically. Secondly I would attribute my mental repetitions for success. I love being alone and visualizing myself competing or preparing to compete. I believe it helps ease the nerves when the moment truly arrives.

Have you experienced a breakthrough, and if so, what led to it?

After my sole loss as an amateur I had a massive breakthrough because of the lack of damage I sustained. It was a close defensive fight mostly in kickboxing range and it made me realize that in order to win I would have to do more than out think my opponents. I would have to hurt them

Upcoming Fight

Anthony DeSilva (4-1-0) is set to defend his title with Epic Fighting and will compete in a main event fight against Luis Fernando Medina (3-0-0) at Epic 48 on February 18, 2022. MMA Stalker will be heading over to San Diego, CA to cover Epic 48. Keep an eye out for updates, fight photos, and highlight videos. Tickets are still available: Purchase Tickets Here!.


What was the best advice you were ever given?

I can’t point at one specific line and say it changed my life but the idea that we all will die one day no matter what we do in this life helped me see how pointless living a “safe” life was. It inspired me to take chances and do what I love because I could die doing what I hated.

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from absolutely everything. From media like anime all the way to books and stories. I love seeing success stories from any walk of life and using the admiration I feel to make myself a better person or competitor. From watching high level athletes compete to simple everyday signs of compassion or selflessness there are countless things I draw inspiration from.

What's Next?

Sports books typically only pay attention to combat sports when it comes time for a major event. In martial arts fighting (MMA), one of those big events is set for February 18, 2022. Epic 48 will take place at Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California and feature Epic Fighting’s lightweight champion, MMA fighter Anthony Desilva in an ultimate showdown against Luis Fernando Medina.

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