Bellator 99's Diego Nunes Looking For a Finish Against Patricio Freire
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.13.2013
They fight tonight…
- Diego Nunes spoke about tonight's fight with Patricio Freire. Here are the highlights…
On Fighting Patricio Freire: "For sure, Patricio is the second best featherweight, after the champion," Nunes said. "He's one of Bellator's best fighters. I think the winner of this fight will be the winner of the tournament. I think we are the best two fighters in the tournament. It couldn't be better – I'm starting out with the most difficult opponent. I was expecting to face Patricio in the final. But I think Bellator made a great booking, Diego Nunes vs. Patricio 'Pitbull' to kick off this tournament."
On Wanting to Finish Patricio Freire: "Fighting is full of surprises. And even though I could have chosen to face a less experienced fighter, I'm facing one of the best right off the bat. I've already faced some of the best fighters in the world. I think what was missing were adversaries who would openly strike with me instead of tying me up. But since Patricio isn't the kind of guy to just hold me, all elements are in place for a great knockout. I expect to catch him by surprise."
On Champion Pat Curran: "Pat showed how to use length and point fighting to win," Nunes said. "But I changed my own style. I don't back up anymore. I respond in kind when I'm attacked. And I hit hard. Patricio is a shorter fighter. I'll be using my muay Thai to neutralize his attacks. I'll be using a strong muay Thai with hard punches and harder kicks to neutralize him."
On His Motivation: "I've been training hard for four months for this fight. "… The focus of my training has been in takedowns and knockouts. I've been working a lot on physical strength and explosion, so when I hit my adversary, he'll drop. That's what I've been focusing on. My greatest opponent is not Patricio 'Pitbull,' it's my own wish to win this tournament. By being champion, I'll be able to start my family – to get married, to have children. That's what motivates me, and no one is going to stop me until I accomplish it."