A lot of new MMA fans know Mike Dolce for his famous “Dolce Diet” and helping some of the sport’s top fighters prepare for their bouts, but the renowned trainer also happens to have 15 pro bouts under his belt. Although the 34 year-old vet hasn’t fought since 2010, when he dropped a split decision to Jesse Taylor, Dolce recently told MMA Junkie.com:
“I’m still an athlete,” said Dolce, who made his pro debut in 2006. “I still like to fight. I never retired, so I’m not saying a comeback, but I’m just a guy who likes to go in there and challenge myself. I don’t think it’s a big deal. I’m not trying to be the UFC champion. I’m just going out there and having some fun.”
Dolce also relayed in the interview that the main reason he got into fighting was because coaching alone, didn’t pay the bills. As a result, he noted:
“I felt like I lost fights that I should have won, just because of lifestyle, circumstances, and even in my head I was focused on other things instead of fighting. As a coach, I’d tell my athletes to do the exact opposite.”
“I should have retired officially after my IFL run,” said Dolce, who lost six straight fights after making a successful IFL debut in 2007. “I had far exceeded any expectations I had for myself. I won by first-round knockout in my first fight, but I had no business being there. I was a coach.”
The veteran fighter is looking to fight once a year or so, when time permits, “for the next couple of years.” It’s cool to see Dolce has that fire to compete, as he seems to have done rather well for himself as a coach and trainer.
Some of the fighters Dolce has helped include Thiago Alves, Nik Lentz, Chael Sonnen, Johny Hendricks, “Rampage” Jackson, and Vitor Belfort among others. Perhaps you’ve heard of them.