Undefeated Daniel Zellhuber eyes Contender Series, hopes to inspire bullied youths

Daniel Zellhuber (right) lands a high kick. Credit: Combate Americas.

One of Mexico’s top prospects, Daniel Zellhuber (9-0), is ready for the opportunities that may present themselves with a big win on Friday, December 11th in his own backyard at upstart iKON FF’s fourth event.

Standing in Zellhuber’s way is a knockout artist, 11-3 Alexander Barahona.

“He’s a tough opponent. He will be looking for the knockout,” Zellhuber told MMA-Prospects. “I have more tools, people think I’m just a stand-up fighter, but I’m a brown belt in jiu jitsu. He’s going to go for the knockout but I’m not going to be there. It’s about who wants it more. I’m not stupid; I’ll move and keep my range. He won’t be able to touch me.”

The “Golden Boy,” Zellhuber, is an undefeated winner of nine pro fights to date, seven of which have come via finish. Zellhuber has won six times via KO/TKO and has a triangle choke submission under his cap, as well. The Combate Americas veteran, whose background is in Muay Thai, stands just over 6 feet.

And at only 21 years old and training under Raul Romero, Zellhuber is excited for what 2021 may hold.

“Being able to fight twice this year is important,” Zellhuber said. “Maybe a Contender Series [opportunity] is next. I need to get this win, then I can be excited about all of this stuff.”

Unlike many of his young counterparts, the 21-year-old decided to jump right into the professional MMA scene. Zellhuber got into this sport due to a problem that many consider a daily reality, bullying.

“I got bullied. It was tough [as] a kid that didn’t know how to defend myself. I started training and met Raul Romero, and he became a father for me. We started in Muay Thai, but moved to MMA,” recalled Zellhuber. “It started because of bullying, and I fell in love with this sport.”

Now a successful MMA prospect, Zellhuber has a message for bullies and especially those who get bullied.

“A lot of kids in Mexico suffer bullying,” Zellhuber explained. “I teach kids; this is important to me. I tell them to work hard. It’s motivation for me to tell them they can work hard and get what they want.”

Watch the full MMA-Prospects interview above as Zellhuber speaks on possibly moving to the United States with his head coach Raul Romero to join a larger gym, fighting in Mexico, and more!