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Tim Welch Says He's Learned the Art of Body Shots
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.21.2014

Tim Welch recently spoke about his fight with Derek Campos tonight at Bellator 113. Check out the highlights:

On learning the art of body shots: "Being a young kid and getting beat up by a pro boxer at age 17 helped me. He'd drop me to the body over and over and just generally lay a good beating on me. I was just a young buck trying to fight. He helped me appreciate body shots because, when he'd hit me to the body, it hurt and burned so bad. Now, I just like making the guys I'm fighting feel that same way. It might not look like much to the casual observer, but inside they're burning, and that changes their mindset real quick."

On his preference for the tactic: "When you get cracked with a good liver shot, it paralyzes you. It takes your legs away. It takes your brain away. You just have to take a knee and take a couple seconds to recover, and in MMA, you're finished in those few seconds."

On earning so many first-round wins: "I think what allows me to finish all my fights is killer instinct. I've had it my whole life, since I fought when I was growing up. As soon as I see that someone's hurt, I pounce on them. When I see they're hurt, when I see their eyes are glazed, or when I have their neck or one of their limbs, I want to put them away."

On the influence of Joe Riggs: "Joe Riggs has taken me under his wing. He let me move into his house and live with him for a while. He's been in every promotion, he's been a world champion, and he knows the ins and outs of the game. The mistakes he's made, he's helping me so I don't make those same mistakes. He's one of the most well-rounded fighters I've ever trained with. He's a pro boxer, he has strong wrestling, and he's at the black-belt level in no-gi jiu-jitsu. And he's just a book of knowledge when it comes to MMA. He'd be a three-stripe black belt if there were belts in MMA."

On wanting to take his career to the next level: "I think there's a lot of guys who avoid going with a really tough sparring partner or going through the really tough conditioning. But I read an article that Matt Lindland wrote – and he told me this at Team Quest – he said, ‘Every time you come in here to train, put yourself in the most uncomfortable situation. Constantly put yourself in the most uncomfortable positions, spar with the guy who you're scared of because he beats you up, and dive into conditioning to push yourself to new limits. That's how you get better.' I've been trying to live by that and put myself into any and every uncomfortable position in MMA."


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