Richard Walsh Wants To Be The Face Of MMA In Australia
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.15.2014
That's his goal...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Richard Walsh (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) said that he wants to be the face of Australian MMA. He will fight Chris Indich, his Team Australia teammate on the preliminary card of the TUF Nations finale tomorrow at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
On being the face of Australian MMA: "Australian MMA needs guys and we need people who are good for the sport and will represent it in a positive way. At the moment I don't know how many we have in the UFC that are Australian born. We have a lot of Kiwis like Mark Hunt and stuff, but they're not Australian born. So for me being Australian born, I want to be the face of MMA in Australia. That's what Canada has over us. They got some superstars like Patrick Cote, Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald – guys who can all handle themselves well and speak well and are good with PR. They're awesome fighters, and that's why the sport has developed so much here in the past eight years. We don't have those guys, and Australian MMA has subsequently dropped off a little bit. For me, I want to see some good guys from the sport, and I think the UFC wants to see some good guys take Australian MMA to the next level."
On preparing for his opponent: "When you train with a guy, you know his holes and where you're stronger than him. I'm stronger than him in all three ranges, so if he wants to stand, he might get taken down. And if he wants to go to the ground, he's going to get his head punched standing. Wherever it goes, I'm pretty comfortable."
On his house at TUF Nations: "I think the house was very different. I didn't have my corner. I didn't have my coach or my teammates. We didn't really game plan as Team Australia, which was kind of sh-t, but now in this fight I've trained for a certain guy. I know his style, and I'm confident in what I'm doing. Everything has gone well and the camp is a big difference."