Brad Tavares Says He's Not Overly Worried About Yoel Romero's Wrestling
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 04.13.2014
They face off at UFC on FOX 11...
Brad Tavares recently spoke with MMAjunkie about facing Yoel Romero at UFC on FOX 11 this Saturday. Check out the highlights:
On working against Romero's wrestling background: "MMA wrestling is a totally different thing, and he's one of those guys who maybe hasn't catered it to MMA yet. He's been having so much success with his hands and his striking that he's kind of let his wrestling fall to the wayside."
On Romero: "I don't think he's the greatest MMA wrestler in the UFC or even in our division. As far as on paper and credentials, he has to be one of the most highly decorated UFC fighters when it comes to wrestling. Like I said, it doesn't always translate to MMA wrestling. I wouldn't say his wrestling is overrated, but we're fighting in MMA."
On his own wrestling skills: "I work really hard on my wrestling. It's not to say that there's nobody in the division that can take me down, but if he tries to take me down, I think I can stop him. If he does get me down, I know I can get back up."
On his training strategy: "I prepare myself for guys that are dangerous from minute one to minute 15. I'm not one of those guys that will take it easy or get lazy in a fight. I know this guy is dangerous. I know his style. I know he just coasts and cruises the first couple rounds and then in the third he'll try to take you out. I'm more than ready for that pace."
On the stakes of the fight: "Every fight in the UFC is important. But right now where I'm at, my next fight is always the biggest fight of my career. This is my next fight, and this to date is going to be the biggest fight of my career. I need this win, I want to get into the top 10, and I want to get closer to the belt, closer to title contention. I need this win."