Before Lauzon MMA standout Mike Rodriguez fights Kevin Haley at CES MMA 39 on November 4 at Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Mass., the 5-1 fighter caught up with Pro MMA Now.

How were you introduced to MMA to begin with?

I found MMA through school. I got into a fight with a kid in school and knocked him out. My teacher came up to me and he said, “Hey, you have good hands! You ever did any type of training or anything?” And I was like “No.” While I was suspended, he introduced me to a Muay Thai gym that was in Dorchester — Boston Muay Thai Academy.

What were your first impressions of the sport?

I fell in love with the sport as soon as I was introduced to it.

What has been the secret to your success?

The secret to my success is work ethic and being consistent.

How are you feeling going into your upcoming fight?

My upcoming fight is going to be a tough fight. I know my opponent is game and he’s a strong fighter, I’m looking forward to it.

Where does a win on November 4 put you in your career?

As far as where this win would put me in my career, I’m not too sure, honestly. I just want to be one of the best in world. Until then, I’ll just continue to work hard.

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