Louis Smolka Is Surprised By Comparisons To Jon Jones and Nick Diaz
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.07.2014
But he feels good about himself...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, flyweight Louis Smolka (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) said he was surprised at being compared to Jon Jones and Nick Diaz. He will fight Chris Cariaso (16-5 MMa, 5-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 40 on Saturday.
On the praise he's getting: "After my fight, I was going to the forums, and people were comparing me to Jon Jones and Nick Diaz. I was pretty surprised by that. As a fighter, you want to be called the next big thing, but it's weird when it actually happens. I felt pretty good about myself, I'm not going to lie."
On being part of a new generation of fighters: "I guess we are part of that new breed. It's generational, I guess. I grew up doing a lot of different martial arts; I was around combat sports a lot. I guess that translates to the new generation of fighter."
On how he'll try to finish Cariaso: "I'm not really sure what I'm going to do yet. I don't really know until the fight happens. But if the submission is there, I'll take it for sure. I'm all about finishes and exciting fights."