#492 – Dalton Rosta

Sevan Matossian (00:01):

Bam we’re live. You already worked out the SHS, the SHS. I never seen the SHS on here. The SHS. Good morning. Good morning. Oh, it’s funny. I thought you were smoking. And now when I click on it and you pop up on the screen, you’re a little bit bigger. I see. You’re not smoking. You’re a slippery, slippery. Uh, I was just reading this, um, oh, we have Dalton Rothan this morning. Undefeated, Bellator fighter. Uh, maybe we could pop up his sure. Dog stats and give him a quick peek before he pops on, um, not getting notifications for this one for some reason. Hmm. You know, what’s funny is, is it says no, one’s watching too, but I can see a bunch of people watching. Obviously someone’s watching you’re in the comments. Maybe something’s not right. Maybe this isn’t is this is this on YouTube now? Are you guys watching on YouTube? Yeah, it says the comments are coming from YouTube. Good morning, Mr. Belling housing from vindicate, like my shirt booya um, Dalton rota, six wins zero losses. Guy’s been on the show before. Great story. Uh, nothing has been left to chance. Uh, Dalton earned everything that he’s gotten in life.

Sevan Matossian (01:20):

What’s up, dude.

Dalton Rosta (01:21):

What’s up guys? How’s it going?

Sevan Matossian (01:23):

Good. I was just a, um, you know, doing my morning routine, going through the DMS. This dude sends me this video. It’s like three minutes long. And usually I just pass on that shit, but it’s a guy in a lab coat, black dude in a, in a river and I click on it. I’m curious. And he’s a scientist studying, uh, the effects of chemical fertilizers in this river. That’s by my house. Mm-hmm

Dalton Rosta (01:49):


Sevan Matossian (01:50):

And uh, it, it, it, it, cuz I, I live in California by the Salinas valley, like where they grow all sorts of like it’s I think 50% of the us agriculture has grown like in my hood, like within a couple hundred miles of me. So he’s, he’s, he’s studying the frogs in there and the dude frogs are becoming girl frogs seriously because of all the chemical fertilizers. So I, I was like, oh shit. So I quickly went into my, uh, into my bedroom and my wife’s to sleep in there. And I put my hands on her big, old fucking gigantic CrossFit ass. And I just like just, and she’s just laying there and I felt a physiological like change in my body and my emotion and little movement down there. And I’m like, okay, I haven’t had too many strawberries near that river. I’m still good. I was like,

Dalton Rosta (02:37):

Fuck, just, don’t go swimming in it.

Sevan Matossian (02:40):

Damn dude. It’s crazy. They showed, they showed these toads that grew up in that river that were born, that were dudes, but that are, that have, uh, uh, eggs.

Dalton Rosta (02:50):

That’s insane.

Sevan Matossian (02:51):

I know strawberries. <laugh> oh God, we live in some trippy times, dude.

Dalton Rosta (02:57):

I know bro. I know it’s crazy. Woo.

Sevan Matossian (03:02):

Uh, congratulations on the new contract.

Dalton Rosta (03:05):

Thank you, man. I appreciate it.

Sevan Matossian (03:07):

Is it, um, is it a stress relief? So you, you signed for four fights in 18 months.

Dalton Rosta (03:13):

Yeah. Yeah. Where’d you find that at? Did I tell you that?

Sevan Matossian (03:16):

No, I just been watching every like last night I just watch watched like four hours of Dalton roster interviews. I searched the internets.

Dalton Rosta (03:24):

Oh yeah. So yeah, four, four, uh, fights 18 months. Um, it’s like has championship language. So there’s a potential for a, a championship fight in the contract, you know, win three fights. I’m assuming the fourth would be that. Uh, but at that point we’d probably renegotiate for another contract, but uh, yeah, making more money, uh, fighting guys in the, all in the top 10. I mean, unless they can’t get somebody to fight me, you know, they were struggling before, but now that they, they finally got Romero cotton to accept and wear a week out and he set up and pulled it out. So, uh, we’ll see you going forward.

Sevan Matossian (04:06):

Um, are you’re ranked number eight right now?

Dalton Rosta (04:09):

Yep. And he’s ranked number seven

Sevan Matossian (04:11):

And, and, and that’s in 185 pound class.

Dalton Rosta (04:14):


Sevan Matossian (04:14):

Sir. And you’re both undefeated.

Dalton Rosta (04:17):

Yes. Both six and oh,

Sevan Matossian (04:19):

And, and I, and I heard you talking about his record the other day. He took a slightly different path than you did. Yeah. Or not his record, but, but his, his opponents.

Dalton Rosta (04:29):

Yeah. I mean, that’s part of his record too, but yeah. His strength to schedule, not like minus, you know, there’s two big differences with my record and his record. Um, one, I mean, we both wrestled in college, but he decided to go straight from college wrestling to the pros. They approved it because of his level of wrestling, his pedigree. I chose to wrestle as an or fight as an amateur. And I fought seven amateur MMA fights and eight amateur boxing matches. So I got plenty of fighting experience, not just the wrestling experience. I did a bunch of jujitsu matches other stuff. So I experience there on the amateur end of that. On top of that, in my pros, we, we have the same amount of pro fights, but, uh, I have the amateur experience, like I said, and in my pro fights, I took up steps in competition a lot earlier than he did.

Dalton Rosta (05:22):

You know what I mean? My, my third fight was against five and one or six and one type order, you know, a very good striker, uh, fight right after that. Tony Johnson nine and two. Uh, wow. And ten one is professional boxer. Uh, last fight, you know, which I think was the, the least skilled fighter out of my past three, I think tide border and Tony Johnson were much better than Dwayne Johnson, but Dwayne Johnson’s still, you know, a good striker, a tough opponent, uh, six and two record, where if you look at his opponents, it’s like, and I kid you not. If you go look at ology, shared dog has guy it’s like he was climbing a set of stairs cuz he was doing his first fight was against a debut guy, zero and zero. Uh, second fight was against a guy that was one and one third fight two and two fourth fight three and three. And then his fifth fight, he took a step up in competition against a guy named just Justin Sumter who was seven and three. But the guy had absolutely no grappling or whatever. He was purely a striker and no take down the fence, no wrestling, no grappling. So it was a favorable matchup in his, as in, in that aspect for him. And uh, then his last fight, he regressed, he went from a seven and three guy back to a five, six and one.

Sevan Matossian (06:37):

Yeah. That’s crazy. When I heard you say that in an interview, I was like, holy shit.

Dalton Rosta (06:41):

Yeah. Five, six and one. And a dude hasn’t fought and I, I rechecked it. It was 13 years. He hadn’t fought since 2009. That’s

Sevan Matossian (06:48):

Bizarre, isn’t it?

Dalton Rosta (06:50):

Yeah. So 13 years, why

Sevan Matossian (06:51):

Is Bellator making those kind of fights?

Dalton Rosta (06:54):

So, um, you know, there it’s a development. He was on a developmental contract and I was at first for my first three fights. And it’s to get you experience into each, fight’s supposed to be a step up with competition to gradually build you, but like he, you know, just kept running with it. You know what I mean? He knew, it seems like he didn’t want to step up in competition with me. I was asking for, to get outta my developmental contract after my first fight, you know, uh, my first fight I fought a guy that was one in one, uh, second fight. I fought a guy that was, uh, two and oh, and then my third fight, I fought a guy that was I one and one or two and one again. But my, my original opponent was four and oh, and I was two.

Dalton Rosta (07:37):

And at a time my original opponent was four and oh, and he backed out and then they went through like three or four different opponent changes for that fight. And Mark Gardner who was one and one or two and one, whatever his record was, I forget, uh, ended up being the only one that signed it on the do signed on the dotted line. So I couldn’t help that. But uh, I mean, if you look at, like I said, the strength schedule of my opponents and his completely different, you know what I mean? They, he never took the step from the competition. It seems like he really milked his developmental deal. You know what I mean? And uh, this, that last one was just kind of, I mean, that was kind of bad, 13 years old,

Sevan Matossian (08:14):

Where’s he train? Where do you know? Where, where, where is this guy trained,

Dalton Rosta (08:17):

Uh, American Kickbox academy. So it’s a very good gym. It’s in Florida. It’s one of the top gyms in the country as well. Uh, they have great fighters there, great coaches. Uh, but you know, even, even with him being at a gym like that, you haven’t seen his game evolve much. You haven’t seen his strike and get too much better. He’s still off balance. You know, he is green and don’t give me wrong. This is MMA. You know, anybody can land a lucky punch or anything, but he’s just his, his striking has hasn’t evolved.

Sevan Matossian (08:46):

Is he a big dude? Is he big for 180 5?

Dalton Rosta (08:49):

I don’t believe so. I think he’s, he’s listed like five 10, you know, he might be five 10, but I, he doesn’t look like it to me. He maybe 5, 8, 5, 9, and I’ve seen a couple or a couple of my teammates fought on the same show as him. And they said he is small. So, uh, and I, I watch interviews on him too. You know, I do my research on my opponents. I watch interviews, watch what they’re saying, you, I watch their fights. Uh, he has wrestling film that I was watching and stuff too. I was doing every bit of research I could. And, uh, he, he was saying like in his interviews that he doesn’t cut much weight. Like he first he was saying, he walked around at like 2 0 5, 2 10. And then he was saying like, oh yeah, I’m small. I don’t, I don’t really cut any weight at all for, for 180 5. And it’s like, so there’s like mixed, you know, uh, mixed responses there. Right. So I don’t really know, but I mean, just from the looks of it, you know, he doesn’t look very big, you know? And, uh, he’s, he’s probably athletic, but not, not very big.

Sevan Matossian (09:52):

Uh, Andrew, um, go workout. Just quit being a pussy, go workout. You can stare at Dalton. You can stay, you can stare at Dalton later. Just go get fucking, get it already grabbed a handful of ass this morning. That was my workout. <laugh> uh, when you, when you sign the contract for, for these, is it kind, is it a trip? Is it like,

Dalton Rosta (10:16):

What do you mean?

Sevan Matossian (10:17):

Uh, part of it is like, you’re stoked. Okay. I got four fights, but another part is stressful. It’s like when I see my podcast schedule, I hate to compare talking to people to fucking mashing other men. But when I see my podcast schedule and it’s full for the next two weeks, like part of me is like, yeah, this is cool. And another part of me is like, oh shit, I gotta learn stuff about all these motherfuckers before they come on the show. So like, you have four fights. It’s part of you like ecstatic. But another part of you is like, it’s a commitment. It’s like, you see your, you see your work laid out ahead of you.

Dalton Rosta (10:46):

No, not so much, cuz it’s not like my opponents are lined, lined up. Like, all right, you got this guy, the first fight and this guy, the second and this one third, fourth, et cetera. Uh, it’s more, it’s a fight at a time really? You’re signed for a four fight contract, but there’s no, I mean, and it’s 16 or it’s 18 months. Yeah. But they can give extensions if you get injured. You know what I mean? So like if I got injured and I was out for six months, obviously they wouldn’t be able to fulfill their 18 month contract. So they would give me an extension at that point. So in, in regards to time, it could be, you know, manipulated a little bit and ask for opponents, you know, they can change on the fly. You know, I, I,

Sevan Matossian (11:26):

If you win your next three though, I, I, I mean, you just look at the math and, and your fourth fight, you will be fighting for the title. I mean, it’ll be, it’ll be hard not to the hype around you will be insane. You’re kind of in control of your own destiny. You could see the path to the title already right now, right?

Dalton Rosta (11:41):

Yeah, for sure. And uh, you know, three more fights. That’s plenty more experience for me, uh, to, and a lot more time obviously, to become more skilled, uh, and more experience in the cage. And, uh, yeah. So hopefully, hopefully the fourth fight is for a title.

Sevan Matossian (11:59):

Um, how, how did you get, um, this thing?

Dalton Rosta (12:03):

Uh, that’s from sparring. Oh, wait, this it’s on this one. Uh, that’s from sparring. Um, I spared twice this week, Tuesday and Thursday. I don’t know which day it happened, but, uh, you know, over, over the course of camp, you Chan, you spar two to three times a week, you know, for eight weeks, you’re bound to get a black eye here and there. You know what I mean?

Sevan Matossian (12:22):

So that’s just some dude just that’s, that’s not like a that’s someone punched you that’s from stand up. That’s not like on the ground, someone put a knee on your face or something, or maybe

Dalton Rosta (12:29):

It wouldn’t be a knee on my face, but it could be from the ground. You know, if we were on the ground and hit me with a punch on the ground, or if we clashed heads or, you know, I caught an elbow or like whenever I shot on him, I hit my knee off. There’s several different scenarios where it could have happened. I don’t know exactly when it happened. I didn’t feel it. You know what I mean? But obviously it, it was, uh, you know, a good enough hit or bump, whatever the hell it was to, you know, gimme a little bit of a Shiner. So,

Sevan Matossian (12:57):

Uh, so what Dalton is saying is Sev on’s schedule is harder than his. Yes, mine’s my charter.

Dalton Rosta (13:04):

It seems like it, you have to talk to people all day long. I get tired after 30 minutes.

Sevan Matossian (13:10):

Oh God, I fucking hate it. How, how, how am I in this thing that I love doing that I fucking hate talking to strangers Bellator 2 83. How do, how do people watch Bellator that Showtime? Uh,

Dalton Rosta (13:21):

Yes, it’s on Showtime. So, uh, mine, however, mine will be the, uh, featured prelim fight. So that means like the prelim main event, the fight right before the main card that’ll be on YouTube live.

Sevan Matossian (13:34):

Oh, awesome.

Dalton Rosta (13:35):

Yeah. So that’ll be free for everybody to watch and, uh, Showtime, I think you need to have subscription for.

Sevan Matossian (13:40):

So, so, so you just go to YouTube type in Bellator and then on YouTube, click on their channel and it’ll be there.

Dalton Rosta (13:46):

Yeah. Specifically Bellator 2 83. But if you just type in Bellator in the YouTube search bar, it’s gonna show up at the top. It’ll be like Bellator 2 83 monster prelims, and then you click on it and you can start watching.

Sevan Matossian (13:58):

And, and where is the fight?

Dalton Rosta (14:00):

Uh, it’s in Tacoma. Uh, Seattle.

Sevan Matossian (14:03):

Oh shit. You got, you gotta, when do you leave?

Dalton Rosta (14:07):

Uh, I leave Monday morning. My flight leaves at like 7:55 AM. So I’m gonna be leaving from my house at 5 30, 6 o’clock

Sevan Matossian (14:14):

And, and you’re in Florida?

Dalton Rosta (14:17):

Yes, I am in, uh, coconut Creek. So I’ll be leaving Fort Lauderdale, have a layover in LA and then, uh, heading up to Seattle from there. So I’m gonna be trapping all

Sevan Matossian (14:27):

Day. And then you, um, so you go, you’re going into zombie land, um, fentanyl land and you fight on Friday, which is five days away.

Dalton Rosta (14:39):


Sevan Matossian (14:40):

So tomorrow you start kind of working on your, uh, weight. You start the journey into the weight cut too, right? A little, a little more strict, like the next level of it.

Dalton Rosta (14:49):

I mean, be honest with you. My weight has come down a lot during this camp and I honestly didn’t mean for it to, you know, there’s been days where I’ve actually even been up in my calories and I keep losing weight, dude. I mean, I’m like 192 pounds right now, 193 pounds. No

Sevan Matossian (15:05):


Dalton Rosta (15:06):

Yeah. It’s lighter than usual, but you know, I’m gonna try and actually gain like another pound or two, uh, before fight week. But you know, I’m, I’m kind of playing with the idea of just like staying here that way. I don’t have to cut as much, but at the same time I wanna be bigger. But then on the opposite end of it, if I stay lighter, you know, I’ll be quicker that that couple extra pounds actually does make a difference. You know, the 10th of a second. Uh, and in this game, you know, 10th of a second, there’s like inches. They, they add up, you know what I mean?

Sevan Matossian (15:37):

I, is it, is it a good life? Um, you’re, you’re living right now, Dalton.

Dalton Rosta (15:42):

Oh yeah. It’s wonderful, man. Uh, you know, I couldn’t, I couldn’t ask for, uh, to be in a better position. You know what I mean? I, from training to just, I mean, training with the best in the world, I, you just had my picture pulled up. That was with, uh, Johnny, Evelyn. He’s the current Bellator champ and my weight class. Uh, he’s my teammate that we spar all the time. He’s one of the people that helped me get ready for this fight.

Sevan Matossian (16:08):

Motherfucker looks old as shit. It looks like, does he come in there with a Walker? How old is that guy?

Dalton Rosta (16:13):

<laugh> he’s 30 years old.

Sevan Matossian (16:15):

He, he looks like he could be my twin 30.

Dalton Rosta (16:18):

He doesn’t like, he doesn’t look that old. He’s 30 years old.

Sevan Matossian (16:23):

Hey, you should not stand next to Dalton. Uh, I’m just busting on it. Yeah. So it is, so it is a good stuff. And, and when I say good, it’s interesting, your life is hard. The way you like it to be hard.

Dalton Rosta (16:36):

Mm-hmm <affirmative>, but it’s hard. It’s, it’s an enjoyable work. You know what I mean? It’s not hard where like, so life’s gonna be hard whether you want it to be or not, it’s gonna be hard because you’re gonna be in a position where you don’t wanna be, or it’s gonna be hard because you’re forcing yourself to make it hard. So you could be in a better position later. So, um, you know, you gotta choose your hard, you know what I mean?

Sevan Matossian (17:01):

I hear you, but, but you’re a different breed. You’re the kind of guy where you and your, uh, girl, what was your, what was your girlfriend’s name again?

Dalton Rosta (17:08):


Sevan Matossian (17:09):

Gina. You and Gina will be walking somewhere and see a flight of stairs that that’s goes up six stories and you’ll look at her and be like, you wanna race and you guys will race to the top. Trust

Dalton Rosta (17:20):

Me. I trust me. I do not fucking do that if

Sevan Matossian (17:23):

We’re no, not with

Dalton Rosta (17:24):

No. If me and Gina are going out somewhere and there’s a side of stairs, she’s taking the stairs, I’m taking the damn like I’m too exhausted.

Sevan Matossian (17:31):

All, all right. Is that what you mean? Oh, oh shit. What happened? Oh, there it is. Okay. Um, okay. It’s funny. My mom was like, you’re always trying to put words into people’s mouth and make people seem like in a way that they’re not. And I was just doing that to you. I just pictured you as the guy who had always just like, no matter what, like, like you’re comfortable working hard. Yeah. That’s where you’re most happy.

Dalton Rosta (17:51):

There there’s a time and place for it for me, you know what I mean? I work hard. I put all my energy in at practice. You know, if I, if I’m using my energy elsewhere, you know, I feel like I’m wasting, uh, you know, this point in my, in my life where I, I can be dedicating all my energy and all and all my time towards training, if I’m using it elsewhere, you know, I, I see it as a disadvantage to myself. So, um, even something as simple as that, you know, and, and I’m, I’m not like if, if we’re doing it for fun or something. Sure. But it’s not gonna be something I do all the time. You know what I mean? I might look at the stairs and be like, you know, I have practice in two hours, you know, I’m, I’m, I’m gonna chill out, you know, I’m take the elevator. So, uh, I’d rather put the work in at practice and do all the, you know, correct things outside of practice, resting recovery.

Sevan Matossian (18:41):

How old are you?

Dalton Rosta (18:43):

I’m 20 <affirmative>

Sevan Matossian (18:44):

26. Uh, do you think you’ll get these four fights in 18 months? Like, is that, is that, is that, I mean, that seems like a pretty, that’s a it’s aggressive, right?

Dalton Rosta (18:53):

Yeah, no, I, I, I would, I prefer that, you know, honestly I would rather get four fights in a year, but, uh, we’re moving in the right direction. So my first contract was five fights in 20 something months. And then my second contract was like four fights in 20 months. And now it’s four fights in. And even though I haven’t had four fights each time, you know, I renegotiated before they were over, uh, now it’s four fights, 18 months. So it seems we’re moving in the right direction. I wanna be like more active and I’ve had six months off in this since my last fight. But I think partially that was due to the fact that renegotiated my contract. So I was no longer on a, you know, uh, time restraint for my contract. So since I renegotiating signed a new one, my new one doesn’t start until my first fight on my new one. So, uh, when I step in the cage on Friday, that’s when my new contract starts. So I have 18 months from then to get four fights, you know? Yeah. On both ends.

Sevan Matossian (19:56):

Do they like you do the people there, like you do the Bellator guys, like you are like, when they talk about you behind your back, they’re like, oh, Dalton’s cool. Oh, he is easy to work with. Oh, he like, people watch the show when he’s on. Oh, he does a lot of good press.

Dalton Rosta (20:08):

Yeah. I, I mean, some, some of the, uh, some of the media guys and stuff like make it known to me that they like me and they, they talk highly of me and I see it on social media, but I mean, that’s for like everybody in Baltimore, I can’t speak for that. You know, I don’t know what they say behind my back. So I don’t know. But, uh, I know, I know some of the people who have gone outta their way to tell me that I’m doing well and they love what I’m doing and how well I handle the press and the spotlight and everything else. And I see the tweets from some of the PR team and the media team and other stuff. So, um, you know, it definitely, definitely some people at least, you know, but I, I can’t speak for everybody.

Sevan Matossian (20:50):

There’s this, there’s this, um, saying you’ll be in high school and you know, you’re a sophomore, junior in high school and someone’ll be like, I can’t wait to get outta high school. I’m so sick of like this high, school’s such a popularity contest and what someone needs to pull them aside right there and put their arm around and whisperer whispering to there. Uh, it only gets crazier as you get older, life just becomes one giant popularity contest. It, it really is becomes about what value you add, wherever you go, who likes you. If you’re easy to work with, if you’re not easy to work with, if you have integrity, if you don’t have integrity, you know, if you’re honest, if you’re not honest, I mean, life, life ends up becoming a popularity contest. No one, no one wants to work with a douche bag.

Dalton Rosta (21:32):

And networking’s an important skill that you have to learn earlier on, you know? Yeah. If you, if you just choose to be, you know, like the, essentially the loan or the guy that didn’t person, I should say, I didn’t talk to anybody. Yeah. In, uh, high school and you choose to continue to go that route. You know, I’m just gonna go to work. I’m gonna put my nose down and do my work, not talk to anybody. You’re not gonna get any further. Yeah. You’re gonna be completing your work. And you might, you might get a, you know, raise or you might get, uh, a better job or you, you know, a better promotion or something. But the end of the day, you’re not making new connections. You’re not networking. You’re not expanding, you know, your own network. So you, you’re not gonna have the opportunities that somebody that does all of that does.

Dalton Rosta (22:18):

Right. Um, and at the end of the day, like you said, it is a popularity contest, essentially, whether you’re you’re in sports or whether you’re in a nine to five job or whatever, you know, if your manager likes you, you know, they like your attitude. They, they like how, uh, how well you work with your teammates or your coworkers, uh, how personable you are, you know, and how hard you work. You know, then you’re more, uh, you have a better chance of getting a promotion. You have a better chance of getting a raise. You have a better chance of getting a better job or, uh, different job offers or meeting somebody that can pro provide one of those. Uh, one of those opportunities for you, you know what I mean? And it, like I said, it doesn’t just apply to sports. I’m speaking from the business realm of things, or, you know, a nine to five job, which, I mean, most people don’t want at the end of the day, but sometimes you gotta go through a nine to five to get to where you wanna be.

Sevan Matossian (23:16):

You, you, you walk into some someone’s house and they have kids or a wife there. You, you would be very, and, and you’re gonna have a long relationship with this person. You’d be smart to go over. And, uh, and, and, or, or a husband, you’d be smart to go over and say hi to this, the, the, the spouse, the mate, and always, and always respect their kids. E even just simple things like that. You know what I mean? Mm-hmm <affirmative>, if you went over to the president of, uh, Bellator’s house and he’s got kids playing in the other room and you’re walking by and you walk in and say, Hey guys, what’s up. And maybe like, oh, I had that football as a kid or something. Just anything that’s just sincere and check in those things go a fucking long way. Those things go a long way. Um, that can, can you look that way? How is that thing staying in your ear?

Dalton Rosta (24:04):

Uh, so is that these air, these are the AirPod pros. They have like the three different sizes. Yeah. For the, uh, the like little earbuds things. Yeah. And, um, I think I had to put, I, I, I don’t remember which size I put in, but I had to play with all three. You know what I mean? I put ’em in and I was like, shaking my head. I did a workout with a couple of ’em, you know, to see which one that stayed in the best. But yeah, this one is, is giving me trouble still, you know, it stays, but, uh, not as well as I’d like it, there was a, a company,

Sevan Matossian (24:35):

It looks like it’s just floating there. It kinda is. Looks like it’s in here, here.

Dalton Rosta (24:40):

Yeah. It’s not, you know what I mean? You know how this, this part, this little white part is supposed to be like sitting here. Yes. Like right against your face. Yes. It’s not at all. And it’s like, not in my ear, you know what I mean? I had this there’s, this company knocked down, LLC. It’s a earbud company. They reached out to me and asked me to like, they’re like, we’ll send you a mold. These are, uh, you know, earphones that you get to make like, custom make to fit your ear.

Sevan Matossian (25:06):

Like you squeeze it and then shove it in and it opens up.

Dalton Rosta (25:08):

Yeah. And then you like, keep you, like, keep pushing against your ear to make sure it gets like all the crevices and everything to yeah. So that whenever they get this mold back, they get to digitally create a oh, ear earbud. Okay. That fits your ear no matter, like what? So it won’t fall out.

Sevan Matossian (25:25):


Dalton Rosta (25:25):

So long story short, they, they reached out to me like, Hey, would you, uh, be interested in doing this to, for some post? Or if you like it, I’m like, sure. So I thought it was a great idea, a great idea. I was excited about it. You know, I, uh, they sent it, I, the first move, I couldn’t get to fucking stay in, you know? So I reached out to ’em was like, I can’t get it to fucking stay in. And then it hardened. I was like, what should I do? And they, they told me, uh, they gave me some steps to go through. I tried it again. I was able to get them in, but I really had to like shove them in my ear to get them to stay. And then I had to like, hold it against my ear. Whereas in like the video that they, they send you, they give you a little QR code, the scan, it brings up a video show you how to do it.

Dalton Rosta (26:08):

Yeah. I like hold the, the molds on the outside of my ears like this. So they would stay. So it hardened like that. So they could actually get like the full, uh, mold of my ear before it fell out. And then they didn’t have nothing. Yeah. Uh, so I told them that and they’re like, all right, that’s good feedback. Because in the video with the guy that was doing it in the video, he didn’t hold him. He just like stuck it in. And then he pressed against the ear and it just stayed. And then he was like, just leave it for three to four minutes or until the hardens, and then pull it out. I had to hold them because if I didn’t hold ’em, it just fell out. Right. And, uh, long story short, I sent ’em a picture they’re like, that should be good. Send it back to ’em. They’re like they, uh, a week went by, they’re like, ah, we have some bad news. We weren’t able to digitally like, recreate your ear canal. Your qualifier was like, worse than what we, what, what we thought

Sevan Matossian (26:55):

<laugh>. So,

Dalton Rosta (26:56):

Uh, yeah, so it didn’t work, but they said, let’s, let’s give it another one more try. We send out another mold. Uh, I told ’em to wait until after my fight, because by the time they send it here and I send the mold back, you know, they’ll send it here and they’ll be waiting here for, for me while I’m at my fight. So I told ’em, let’s just try it again after my fight. So I’m hoping it works again. It’s a cool idea. You know, it’s a great

Sevan Matossian (27:16):


Dalton Rosta (27:16):

Yeah. Great idea. Especially for people like me and if it works to be fucking wonderful, you know what I mean? And uh, I’m hoping it does, you know, so we’re gonna give it another try after my fight, but it was just funny because they were like, yeah, we, your, your coal fire is worse than we thought. And it’s, these are custom made, you know what I mean, molds to your ear. And it was like, it still wouldn’t stay in.

Sevan Matossian (27:36):

So yeah. Those look unreal the way they’re hanging there. It looks funny. Yeah. I mean, it’s, it’s pretty, I mean, it looks cool too, but it, but it’s, I’m like, how is that one staying in?

Dalton Rosta (27:43):

Yeah. More of a, the, the beat, you know, the, I have a pair of studio beats, but they, they keep breaking, you know, and, and not breaking

Sevan Matossian (27:51):

Sweat. Are you sweating them? Are you sweating? ’em to death?

Dalton Rosta (27:53):

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, I, I, where, when I’m working out and running and stuff like that, but they like the, the battery or something on ’em keeps, keeps breaking or dying and it’s like, I’ll go to turn it on. And the little power button will be like blinking red. And then it’ll blink with the four blue or white lights, like it’s fully charged Uhhuh and it’ll blink like that four times. And then it’ll just go back to red and it won’t turn on. So I,

Sevan Matossian (28:16):

I struggled to get those ones. You I’ve had three pair of the pros and Uhhuh because of this. They’re, they’re so poor at connecting.

Dalton Rosta (28:24):

That’s the knockdown right there. That’s the ones that they sent me. Those are custom fit. I mean, they look cool.

Sevan Matossian (28:30):

Great idea. Yeah. Do look cool. Those look really cool. Do you have trouble with those connecting right there to your phone? Like, like it takes three or four or five tries. Yeah.

Dalton Rosta (28:37):

Air. No. No. Oh,

Sevan Matossian (28:39):


Dalton Rosta (28:40):

But, um, yeah, I, I prefer the, the studio headphones, but like I said, they just, I can’t, Kickbox with ’em on anytime I do a spinning kick, boom. They fly off, you know? Yeah. And then on top of that, like I said, the, the battery battery keeps breaking. So, and those, those are expensive fucking headphones. I spent 300, 400 bucks on them. You know what I mean? Crazy. Yep. Yep. Then they broke and then I can’t fucking get ’em fixed anywhere. So

Sevan Matossian (29:05):

Keep your receipt. When you, when you made your debut, um, did I see this right? Your, your first pro fight, you got paid $4,000. Is that right?

Dalton Rosta (29:16):

I, I ended up getting paid 8,000, but I was only guaranteed four, so I got four to show and four to win. And, uh, so I’m assuming,

Sevan Matossian (29:24):

How do you live off of that? So don’t, you have to give, I mean, like, so if I pay a guy to teach my kids jujitsu, he charges anywhere from 60 to a hundred dollars an hour. Yeah. And so if you’re in the gym with a guy, let’s, let’s say like, like, is your training cost you 500 a day? Because you’re in their training, which is nonstop with pros. Like how, how the fuck, how do any of these guys make money? Even when I hear a guy got a $50,000 bonus, I’m like, like, like, so what if, if his, if his rent at his house is $2,500 a month and, and he has to pay, that’s just gone. Right.

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