Hatsu Hioki Says He Learned From Clay Guida Loss
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.23.2013
He took a lot away from it...
Hatsu Hioki recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his upcoming fight with Darren Elkins at UFC Fight Night 27 and more. Check out the highlights
On his close loss to Clay Guida at UFC on FOX 6: "[Guida] was a very, very educational fight because I got to experience high-level MMA takedown skills and how the UFC's top fighters were. It's hard to put in words, but I will show the UFC fans how I have evolved and progressed since then."
On his training for Elkins: "My team and I have studied on Mr. Elkins a bit, and I have trained in physical strength to counter his wrestling skills. He has a strong heart and great stamina, so I greatly admire him as my opponent. It will be a tough fight, but I should be able to deal with what he brings to the octagon if I fight with my skill set. I don't feel he has whole a lot of anything that would surprise me, but I do (for him)."
On wanting to finish Elkins: "My style is to finish opponents. I fight fights and try to knock out or submit. That's my attitude toward fights. I will play my game and dictate the pace, kieep my range. I am prepared for anything, even something new he brings. I can adjust to anything and go on top of it. I will try to finish."
On his learning curve: "I can definitely say that I have learned so much from wins and losses, so in that sense I have been meeting my own expectations. But as far as the UFC record goes, I'm 2-2 now, so it's not too pretty. I know I possess skills that will again make me a top contender. I just need some adjustments. My immediate goal is to beat Mr. Elkins and go from there...This is my new beginning. I evolve after every fight and won't make the same mistakes again. Ever."