Joey Beltran Says It Is Time To Win At UFC Fight Night 29
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.09.2013
He’s spilled enough blood…
- Joey Beltran recently spoke about his evolution as a fighter and more. Here are the highlights…
On Fighting Smarter to Win: "The most important thing is bringing money home to my family. I love the fans, but if they can't understand that, then oh well, I'm not going to get mad. I've entertained them quite enough. I've spilled enough blood. Now's the time to get some wins, put together a run, and make the most of my career. I'm a little bit older now and a little bit smarter, and as far as my approach to training and the whole game, I'm excited to go out there and fight. There's no way around it, we're going to punch each other in the face, and it's going to be entertaining. But I do feel I have a broader skill set than him, so it would be foolish of me to think that I could stand in the middle and trade punches for an extended period of time with a 22-0 professional boxer. Am I going to do it? Yeah, because I'm hard-headed and Mexican and I like to fight. But I'm going to go for the win."
On His Evolution as a Fighter: "It's been a little bit of on-the-job training for me as far as my UFC career," Beltran said. "When I came in, it was pretty easy to see I was brought in to lose against Rolles Gracie, and that didn't really work out, and then I was able to get another win against a much larger opponent, Tim Hague, in his home country. I'm not going to lie and say I'm the most technical person, and I'm not going to lie and say I am now, but I've picked up some new skills along the way. I'm still going to be me, but the most important thing is to win, and I'm going to win by any means necessary."
On His Prediction For UFC Fight Night 29: "I believe I'm going to finish [Maldonado] in the middle of the third round," he said, adding, "He's a tough bastard. That's why."