How are the trainings so far?
Theyíre good. Iím well adapt to the work weíve been doing at X-Gym with Josuel Distak, Rogerio Camoes, Sylvio Behring, Amaury Bitteti and my Boxing coach Cesario Bezerra. I can only say itís been adding a lot to my game and Iíve been renewing my strength and expectations. I canít say much, but you will get results.
The fact youíre back at X-Gym will be reflected on your performance on this fight?
When I came here again I felt good, because I could only remember the time Iíve been here. It was when I first came to Rio to train in a big team and I know each step of the way, each corner, each room. Iím very comfy in there. Actually, Iím feeling renewed with all this work weíve been doing at X-Gym.
What do you hope to change by training at X-Gym, in Rio
Itís all a matter of adjustment to your workplace, training partners and understanding the professionals who are leading the work. So everything is fine and itís a great place to be at. Iím feeling very comfortable and totally capable of delivering a good fight to the professional and coaches that are demanding so much of me. Iím there just to serve, obey and first of all help.
What are your thoughts on Palaszewski? He debuted in the division with a great win over Tyson Griffin but has been defeated by Hatsu HiokiÖ
I guess he is a great fighter, a striker who comes for it and doesnít hold back and thatís perfect. It was a great fight of his against Tyson and against Hioki, the Japanese just blocked him and it would be a perfect fight for me. I always want to fight the bests and the toughest guys there are until I reach the top, so that I have a good story to tell when I get there, maybe a rough path, a hard journey for the little I had all this time.
He plays it a little loose. Do you believe it will be easier for you that way?
I like fighting imposing guys because itís easier for me to set a game plan during the preparation. I like fighting MMA and not just Muay Thai and I needed a little of that in my fights. I know my mistakes and I have to explore more all the areas Iím also good at, like grappling, the takedowns followed by submissions. Iím a MMA fighter, so letís punch, kick, take down and submit like weíve been demanded lately.
Where will you be in the division in case you beat him up?
Just where I deserve to be at, where I always deserved to be: among the bests in this division. Not only be the seventh or eighth in the division on specialized rakings, but to me among the top guys, reach the top and do it every time to be the best in what I do because itís all about Lordís glory. My storyís been written by Godís fingers and it all happens in His time and not mine because I only know the future.