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Infirmary owner launches Rosin Line, books MMA Fight

Elias Egozi can’t avoid putting his back against the wall. When he’s not training for his first mixed martial arts fight since knee surgery, he’s trying to get his new medical dispensary, Alto, off the ground in southern Denver amid the lowest medical marijuana sales in the past decade. However, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

The amateur MMA fighter, who is a member of the Elevation Fight team, plans to open Alto to entertainment sales by the beginning of 2023, and has just launched his coniferous brand, Egozi, at a few dispensaries in the metro area to strong reviews. As his October 15 fight against Drew Johnson approaches at Stampede in Aurora, Egozi will not be taking breaks in the lab.

“During fight week, I usually work overtime,” he says.

Egozi martial arts help to stay balanced. And like the rosin that presses it, the middleweight says it thrives under pressure. We sat down with Egozi, who spends his days training with UFC fighters, to find out more about his upcoming match and how he balances MMA training with running a new cannabis business.

Westword: How has the new business performed since you opened in June?

Elias Egozi: The store was fine, but the medical side was a bit slow. We’re heading into recreational sales, probably by the first of next year. We are already making wholesale recreational conifers as well, which has been the main focus. The medical store opening was fun and we’ll see what happens, but the focus was in the back of the house. The first drops started last week, and the eclipse hit us in Boulder. We hit Reefer Madness, Little Brown House, and Center today.

How hard is it to practice fighting with starting a new business?

It was difficult. very Difficult. Not only physically, but mentally. I don’t have the same mental energy I thought I would. I also realize that my teammates are able to train the most sessions because after they train they come home and hang out, but I have to come here to work for a few hours before I get back to training. takes a price.

There is a constant fear that if I focus on one thing, I am falling behind on the other. There’s a lot of tug-of-war going on, but I’ve been managing. It’s just another challenge of being a cage fighter and cannabis operator.

If you have to pick a state to do both, Colorado is hard to beat.

Oh yes. There is no other place where you can actually be successful in both. You may be able to choose one or the other, depending on where else you’ve been. It’s really cool here, though, with some sick MMA and great cannabis opportunities. I know some people may not think so, but there are still plenty of opportunities in Colorado if you care about cannabis and have a good product.

Why did you start competing in MMA?

I was always doing my best. I did karate as a kid and did a little mixed martial arts in my early twenties, when I was living in Miami. After moving here, I’ve been partying a lot and getting off track in life, remembering the gym was a place that made me honest. I went there one day to break my partying habit, and if I start doing something, I usually do it a lot.

I went to the gym almost every day for three years and kept thinking about the competition. We’ve had some indoor kickboxing fights against my teammates, and I’ve done really well. I loved it so much, I thought it was worth moving on.

Tell us about your battle on October 15th. What do you expect there?

I’m fighting a guy who’s fought two of my last three opponents, which is interesting. He is an active guy on the amateur MMA circuit. This is my first fight after knee surgery, so getting back into shape has been a challenge. I always knew I was going to be in bad shape, but getting back into fighting form takes a lot. And that’s the last 10 percent of conditioning, which is what we’re looking for, that’s what goes away first and takes longer to come back. In most sports, getting tired and not doing good games can mean missing balls or balls, but for me it means getting hit and taking more damage.

It’s interesting, because I saw how he dealt with his opponents and how they caused problems for him or me. It’s the first battle I get data, because I’m a new fighter, and I’m fighting other new fighters without much data. For me, this is an advantage, because I consider myself a mental fighter. So far, I’ve been going out there against random packages.

What is your ultimate goal with MMA?

It’s an interesting question, because I consider myself too old for sports. I’ll turn 34 next week and I’m still starting, but the point of everything is to always do it to the best of my ability. In this sport, that would be the UFC, so that’s the goal. I’m realistic about it, but I think I have an interesting perspective on starting the sport at a more mature age than the others. I would like to gain enough experience to coach young fighters one day and train them as a way to stay connected to the sport.

What will you get out of in the short term? This seems like a lot to put yourself in.

The challenge itself is an asset to me, because I respond to pressure and love to be big. The fact that I’m doing something really hard, and I’m training alongside the awesome people in this – the UFC fighters, the champions, the geniuses in this – is so inspiring. The physical benefit is obvious, and the mental clarity really helps me. The hour you do that, you can’t think of anything else or else you’ll get hurt. There aren’t many activities that really clear your mind of all that nonsense. You might be thinking about something on your way in, but you can’t remember what was on the way out. I love this part.



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