There are only so many hours in a day. For many people, those hours are hindered by a job that supplements its core period fully. But for Adam Defreitas, there is no core period. There is no choice but to be proficient because he is chasing an aspiration in a day filled to brim with responsibility.
Four days a week at up to 16 hours a day, the Ace Fighting Championship’s lightweight champion travels to Niagara to follow his duty as a Corrections Officer. Although this kind of career would be the fair laid excuse for an ordinary man to excuse themselves of managing their time, Defreitas knows that if both his day job and his dream need extensive attention, time can be nurtured to accommodate that aplenty.
“When you do have a full-time job you are forced to try and make more of what you get,” said Defreitas. “So when I say I’m going to do a 5k run on Monday its not getting skipped because I know I’ll probably not get a chance to do it otherwise.”
On Nov. 11 at Nashville North, Defreitas will be challenging brawler Eric Sandy at catchweight with no title on the line. Even without the reinforcement of gold to fight for, this main event will be a tale told by two stylistically different men. Leading up to this bout youngster Sandy has been praised as a ‘Golden Gloves’ boxer with an extensive record despite his age against stiff competition for over seven years.
Defreitas on the other hand has been recognized in the ACE promotion and by opponent Sandy as a major threat to any man challenging him on the ground. Although the bout will be stripped of title contention, the main event slot will still be electrified by its stylistic differences and how they clash on the night.
“I’ve finished all my fights and they are all first round submission,” said Defreitas. “If [Sandy] wants to talk about toughness and taking punches, I guess I haven’t really proven that because I don’t take hits. I finish guys pretty quickly. If you see my kickboxing fights, I’m not out there brawling. I’m there slipping punches and trying to be a technical wizard.”
Technicality is a major part of Defreitas’ game. It has been seen time and time again in his last two performances against ACE competition earning him an amateur championship title. That kind of elusive style is one that only works with intelligence in mind as well as factoring in lifestyle outside of fighting – which for Defreitas banks on a 48 hour week as well as training commitments.
“That’s the thing [about being technical]. I’m a guy who is working 48 hours a week and driving to Niagara everyday – I can’t afford to be taking punches every day in sparring,” said Defreitas. “I know I’m tough; I’m not worried about that. But I’m not worried about going out there to see who has the best chin. I’m going out there to see who can be hit first. My last fight was a little over a minute and the fight before that was over 48 seconds.”
Along the way the 28-year-old has made Parabellum in Oakville, Ontario an integral addition to his weekly training regime. This camp in particular has been owed to the extensive commitment of Parabellum coach Lucas Chaston.
Defreitas believes he owes much of his striking progress to home facility M.A.F.A in Mississauga. But it has been the endless hours Chaston has spent with Defreitas on refining his skill level and game planning that he finds so invaluable.
“He’s always been at Parabellum, as a part of the team but I’ve never worked with open of their coaches exclusively like that,” said Defreitas about working with Chaston. “He was showing up at 7am having pad sessions with me around my work schedule and he’s the most honest with me. If I’m hitting like shit or throwing like she he doesn’t hide it from me. He’s put a lot of time in me.”
Much like many of the best regional fighters in Ontario – professional and amateur – Defreitas understands the worth of making Parabellum practices his necessity in camp. And he is far from being alone in the province and at ACE 6.
“You have to really think, how you can have that many pro fighters from that many gyms. When you deal with fighters there are so many egos in the room,” said Defreitas. “But there is just so much respect for the coaching staff and a level in the room sparring with each other, full contact, there’s no real injuries, no animosity…if you’re not training at Parabellum and you have aspirations to be a pro fighter in Ontario, you’re missing the boat. You need to be there.”
This article is a part of ACE Fighting Championship’s special “Spotlight Series” that will look to explore the GTA’s best amateurs and their respective MMA facilities as they ready for ACE 6 on Nov. 11. You can also experience the event live in person at Nashville North in Georgetown and you can get your tickets at acefights.com.