Andrey Koreshkov Says He's Motivated For His Bellator 115 Fight
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.02.2014
Even if he doesn't seem like it...
Andrey Koreshkov recently spoke about his fight with Sam Oropeza at Bellator 115. Check out the highlights:
On not seeming as excited for fights as other fighters: "I think this is just the Russian way. We don't show many emotions, so it is not difficult for me to control myself before and after the fight. I can't say that I would want to do something crazy if I won a big fight. I act as it is comfortable and convenient for me."
On reorienting himself after his loss to Ben Askren: "After I lost the first fight of my career, first of all, I had to find my motivation and determine exactly what motivates me the most. And based on that, I started to create my psychological focus. After that loss, I fought twice, I won both times, and I felt way more relaxed and confident before and during the fight."
On his win over Nah-Shon Burrell last month: "I was training the same kick I finished Nah-Shon Burrell with before the fight with Alexander Shlemenko. I didn't know that I would be able to KO him with this kick, but my coach knew that this kick would be effective in this particular fight because Burrell always comes forward when he attacks. It made my work easier – I just had to throw the kick at the right time."
On his opponent: "Sam Oropeza is a tough guy. He's larger than me, his reach is also longer and he's a good striker. He feels his distance well, and he punches hard. I think that he's more dangerous standing. And the fact that he's a good finisher only helps me to compose myself and be very focused in our fight."
On a potential title shot: "I became stronger after my loss and I'm always improving and evolving as a fighter. But now it is too early to try the belt around my waist. I have to win the tournament before I can even fight for the belt, so first things first. There's a long road ahead, and I'm staying focused on my next step down this road."