Joe Taimanglo Says He's Fought Bigger Guys Like Justin Wilcox Before
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.11.2013
He's not intimidated...
Joe Taimanglo recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Justin Wilcox at Bellator 103 and more. Check out the highlights:
On getting into MMA: "I grew up fighting in the streets. A lot of people picked on me because I was a little guy, but I wouldn't take s--t from nobody. Big guys would see a little guy and pick on me, and I was like, 'You're trying to hurt me and I'm not backing down. I'm not looking for trouble but if you really wanna fight, I'll f--king f--k you up."
On fighting bigger guys: "I actually had a lot of guys who jumped me when I was younger come up to me and apologize and tell me they're proud to see what I've done with myself. I have to thank those guys. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be where I am, wouldn't be as tough as I am. It made my heart bigger."
On Wilcox: "Wilcox has great wrestling and he's a big power puncher. I think his wrestling is the strongest point of his game. He's a 155er turned 145, but I train with big 155ers every day. His wrestling is probably going to be better than mine. I'm not the best wrestler and his wrestling will always be better on paper. But that's about it. With my go-to techniques, I'll let my hands, my speed and power take its toll. I'll try to wear and tear on him throughout the fight and get the finish as quickly as possible. I'm looking to finish Justin."
On training with Demetrious Johnson: "Ever since then, my game has shot through the roof. It was a dream come true. That also made a lot of noise with my people back home in Guam. They saw my MMA career was going up and they showed me a lot of support and love. That's what keeps pushing me forward in the sport – to represent Guam and myself."
On what to expect from him: "I'm unique because of my athleticism. I'm never going to give up. I'm always going to be pushing my way out of bad positions and into better ones. These guys should watch out because I'm well-prepared for anything and everything. Fans should always expect pure excitement when I fight. I'm always going to bring the heat, a high pace and I'm not looking for a safe fight.