Nikolai Gionti raises his hands after winning the co-main event bout against Billy Freedson at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. This was Gionti's last fight as an amateur and will be going pro in January of 2017.
       
     
 Nikolai Gionti teaches take-down techniques to MMA students at GriffonRawl Combat Sports and Fitness Academy on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Gionti not only is an amateur fighter for the gym but is also an assistant coach. 
       
     
 Nikolai Gionti takes a break in-between sets during his conditioning training in Mentor, Ohio on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Gionti likes to stay conditioned, so he is always ready for his fight. 
       
     
 Nikolai Gionti (left) and his father Joe Gionti (right), sit back and watch videos on his phone before Nikolai's fight at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 
       
     
 Nikolai Gionti quietly thinks while head coach, Jason Dent, wraps Nikolai's hands before his bout at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. The down time before a fight is what Gionti struggles with. 
       
     
 Nikolai Gionti stands ready for his kickboxing bout at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 
       
     
 Nikolai Gionti blocks Billy Freedson's right-cross during their kickboxing bout at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 
       
     
 Nikolai Gionti grins after his fight, while Jason Dent and George Comer take off Gionti's gloves at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 
       
     
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 Nikolai Gionti packs his bags for his month long trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. There Gionti will train with some of the top fighters in the sport at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy. 
       
     
 Nikolai Gionti raises his hands after winning the co-main event bout against Billy Freedson at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. This was Gionti's last fight as an amateur and will be going pro in January of 2017.
       
     

Nikolai Gionti raises his hands after winning the co-main event bout against Billy Freedson at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. This was Gionti's last fight as an amateur and will be going pro in January of 2017.

 Nikolai Gionti teaches take-down techniques to MMA students at GriffonRawl Combat Sports and Fitness Academy on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Gionti not only is an amateur fighter for the gym but is also an assistant coach. 
       
     

Nikolai Gionti teaches take-down techniques to MMA students at GriffonRawl Combat Sports and Fitness Academy on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Gionti not only is an amateur fighter for the gym but is also an assistant coach. 

 Nikolai Gionti takes a break in-between sets during his conditioning training in Mentor, Ohio on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Gionti likes to stay conditioned, so he is always ready for his fight. 
       
     

Nikolai Gionti takes a break in-between sets during his conditioning training in Mentor, Ohio on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Gionti likes to stay conditioned, so he is always ready for his fight. 

 Nikolai Gionti (left) and his father Joe Gionti (right), sit back and watch videos on his phone before Nikolai's fight at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 
       
     

Nikolai Gionti (left) and his father Joe Gionti (right), sit back and watch videos on his phone before Nikolai's fight at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 

 Nikolai Gionti quietly thinks while head coach, Jason Dent, wraps Nikolai's hands before his bout at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. The down time before a fight is what Gionti struggles with. 
       
     

Nikolai Gionti quietly thinks while head coach, Jason Dent, wraps Nikolai's hands before his bout at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. The down time before a fight is what Gionti struggles with. 

 Nikolai Gionti stands ready for his kickboxing bout at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 
       
     

Nikolai Gionti stands ready for his kickboxing bout at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 

 Nikolai Gionti blocks Billy Freedson's right-cross during their kickboxing bout at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 
       
     

Nikolai Gionti blocks Billy Freedson's right-cross during their kickboxing bout at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 

 Nikolai Gionti grins after his fight, while Jason Dent and George Comer take off Gionti's gloves at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 
       
     

Nikolai Gionti grins after his fight, while Jason Dent and George Comer take off Gionti's gloves at the Goodyear Hall in Akron, Ohio on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. 

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 Nikolai Gionti packs his bags for his month long trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. There Gionti will train with some of the top fighters in the sport at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy. 
       
     

Nikolai Gionti packs his bags for his month long trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. There Gionti will train with some of the top fighters in the sport at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy.