Colton Smith Wants to Send Carlos Diego Ferreira ‘Back to Wherever He Came From’
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.25.2014
They fight at UFC Fight Night 44…
The Ultimate Fighter winner Colton Smith recently discussed his upcoming UFC Fight Night 44 bout. He faces Carlos Diego Ferreira on June 28. Below are some highlights.
Smith on his training level: "It's been pretty difficult up until this point making sure that I'm training at the level that I'm competing at, which I wasn't for a long time. I won ‘The Ultimate Fighter' pretty much on raw talent and tenacity and kept coming forward in my fights."
Smith on finally having a full camp for his next fight: "This is the first time I've had a full eight weeks – last time I got 12 days. I had a whole training camp for the first time, a whole training camp at Jackson's. I left my chain of command. They have supported me through that, and I was able to take some leave and come out to Jackson's. I'm here now doing a full eight-week training camp with the best coaches in the world, and they've really opened up my mixed martial arts game. I'm excited to step in the cage and showcase that."
Smith on how the camp has boosted his confidence: "It's just an overall confidence booster. Putting everything together, listening to Greg Jackson, Mike Winkeljohn, Brandon Gibson and Tim Ferris. Them telling what I did good and bad and what I need. I've never really had that, so it's pretty amazing to have all my coaches telling me how far I've come along and how receptive I am to the knowledge they're giving me. Same with my teammates who are out here really pushing me and help me become a true veteran of the sport."
Smith on if he feels any pressure on being released with a loss: "There's no pressure. To be honest with you, this is probably the least amount of pressure I've felt leading into a fight. I've had the best-case scenario. I had a full training camp, great coaches, I'm injury-free for the first time in a long time. It's just amazing the backing I have with the military and my family at Jackson's and my family at home. No pressure, honestly I feel amazing and I'm really excited to go out there and showcase some of my skills."
His thoughts on Ferreira "Carlos Diego Ferriera is a pretty formidable opponent – he's in the UFC for a reason. But he has a lot of holes in his game, and luckily I have the master at game planning with me at Jackson's. He has a lot of weaknesses, I'll say that. Hopefully he underestimates me and I can go in there and knock his block off or take him down and submit him and send him back to Legacy or wherever he came from."