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 south Denver amid medical marijuana’s lowest sales in the last decade. There are plenty of reasons for optimism, however.
The amateur MMA fighter, a member of Elevation Fight Team, plans to have Alto open for recreational sales by the start of 2023, and just released his rosin brand, Egozi, at a handful of dispensaries in the metro area to strong reviews. As his October 15 fight against Drew Johnson at Stampede in Aurora approaches, Egozi won’t be taking breaks in the lab.
“During fight week, I usually work extra,” he says.
Martial arts help Egozi stay balanced. And just like the rosin he presses, the welterweight says he thrives under pressure. We sat down with Egozi, who spends his days training with UFC fighters, to learn more about his upcoming match and how he balances MMA training with running a new cannabis business.
Westword: How have the new businesses been doing since you opened in June?
Elias Egozi: The store has been good, but the