Tap Star head coach Sam Zakula talks recent Montreal dominance

March was good for Toronto’s Tap Star. Four times, its fighters stormed into Montreal and left with 1st-round finishes. UGC 26 saw Misha Cirkunov pound out a 56 second TKOMichael Imperato finished with a rear-naked choke in 34 seconds. Two weeks later at Rising Star 2, Imperato returned on a day’s notice to finish with an ankle lock at 1:09. In the main event, Steve Simms rear-naked choked Yohan Gariépy in 2 and a half minutes.

I spoke recently with Tap Star’s head coach Sam Zakula about what’s giving his fighters an edge, why he emphasizes grappling, the surrealism of MMA coming to Ontario, why team mates should be willing to fight each other, and much more.
(26:37, click play below to listen, or download here)

When you’re done, listen to my post fight interviews w/ Misha Cirkunov, Michael Imperato, and Steve Simms.

Tap Star head coach Sam Zakula (center), w/ Misha Cirkunov (left) and Michael Imperato (right) at UGC 26.

Zakula (right) w/ Steve Simms (2nd from right) after he won in Rising Star 2's main event. Courtesy of CombatPix.com Photo by: Deejay Sherman

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