Trials and tribulations are a given when promoting a mixed martial arts event. Fighters get injured. Match-ups don’t go to plan. Some tickets don’t sell. People pull out of fights because an opportunity arises. Many things can be out of the hands of an eager promoter who just wants to give the world the best fights that they can offer.

With fight-week preparations beginning to merge into a debut event for Rebel FC, with its maiden show taking place in Kallang, Singapore on Dec. 21, a whole new feeling of anxiousness awaits a team who wants nothing more than to entertain fans who are hungry for some fights.

As Saturday nears, it’s not a new feeling for “Ruthless” Robert Lisita, who knows all too well what competing to be the best is all about. As he stands opposite “Lion” Takeshi Inoue in the biggest fight of his professional career, Lisita is aware of what is at stake in Singapore. Better yet, he knows exactly what the fans want to see.

Lisita (R) (Scott Clark/Sherdog)

Lisita (R) (Scott Clark/Sherdog)

“It’s an honor to have the privilege of showing the world what Rebel FC is all about in the main event of their first show,” Lisita exclaimed in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “Expect me to be in [Inoue’s] face, being aggressive, throwing hard strikes and showing my heart and skill. It’s kill or be killed, like always. I’ve trained hard, and now all I have to do is my best and leave the rest in God’s hands.”

Coming off a high-profile win at Australian Fighting Championship 6 over highly touted Brazilian Rodolfo Marques Diniz, Lisita has the potential, with a win at Rebel FC, to secure his place as the best featherweight currently competing out of Australia.

“[The Marques fight] was a great win, and it felt awesome to finish my opponent by KO,” Lisita said. “I can be sure that out of this [upcoming] fight, I will see my win bonus [laughs], that’s what I know for sure. I think winning this fight will lead to more fights against high-profile guys and prove that I can beat anyone at featherweight.”

Lisita has once again had to endure an extended period of time away from his family while training hard with the camp that he calls his home away from home. Fighting professionally is a tough enough gig as it is, but to combine that with the isolation from loved ones who will often bring a fighter back down to earth makes for an unpleasant portion of a camp.

Lisita (Scott Clark/Sherdog)

Lisita (Scott Clark/Sherdog)

“It has been torture. I miss them so much,” Lisita admitted. “But now it’s nearly time to go home. I got a job to do first and then I get to make up for lost time.”

A win over Inoue would see Lisita riding a three-fight winning streak in mixed martial arts competition and take him to tasting victory in six out of his last seven outings. Lisita, by finishing the year off with yet another high-profile victory, would assert himself among some of the top unsigned prospects fighting out of the featherweight division. It would set him up to take his career to heights that he has always known he could reach.

“I wanna keep being active. I wanna fight at home and abroad and keep cementing myself as the best featherweight to come out of Australia,” Lisita admitted. “This year has been great. I won all my fights and got a KO and TKO in my MMA fights, so I gotta keep that going to make it a truly good year.”

The trials and tribulations of running a debut mixed martial arts event can be taxing. Sometimes the bad can outweigh the good, and the countdown begins as to when it is all over. Only then can that big, deep sigh of relief finally be exhaled.

It’s business as usual for Lisita come Dec. 21 in Singapore. Whether it’s a debut event or an event marking an anniversary, it doesn’t matter to him. He always brings the same passion to the fight. For his peers, the officials scurrying around the back trying to ensure everything is running smoothly and, most importantly, the fans who have shelled out their hard-earned money to see some of the best quality mixed martial arts the region has to offer, it can be guaranteed that one hell of a show will be put on. And when Lisita ventures into that lion’s den, he plans to emerge having tamed that “Lion” in what could be the biggest win of his career.

Rob would like to thank God, his family, Phuket Top Team, Southern Cross Boxing, Calorie Restaurant, Phuket Pro Nutrition, Ground Skillz, Rebel FC and Vicious Circle. He would also like to thank everybody that is part of Team Lisita, and he adds: “I thank you all.” Follow Lisita on Twitter: @robertlisita

Top Photo: Rob Lisita (top) (Scott Clark/Sherdog)

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.