Luis Palomino Says He's Keeping His Anger in Check for WSOF 12
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.06.2014
He's controlling his rage...
Luis Palomino spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Lewis Gonzalez at WSOF 12. Check out the highlights:
On keeping his emotions in check: "We've been working hard on controlling a little bit of my anger, a little bit of my rage because sometimes I'm trying to finish a fighter a little too fast. That will happen from time to time, but I'm very concentrated, very focused and I'm going to win this fight and do so by knocking him out."
On Gonzalez saying he's a more technical striker: "He's talking about being more technical, but show me a fight where he actually stands and trades with anybody?. I really wouldn't say he's more technical. Every time he goes into a fight he tries to impose his will on the takedown and take the fight to the ground for a submission finish. He hasn't stood up long enough to actually think he has more of a technical striking game."
On his own striking skills: "There's no comparison in his striking game to mine, especially with who he has faced. I've been hearing about the whole thing, ‘He's going to swing and miss, I'm going to get a shot in.' If he's just hoping on the swing and miss, he's going to have a very short night."
On his ground game: "Worst comes to worst, I have a good submission game. If he's going to try and hold me down, then we're going to have to sweep, submit and finish him that way."
On his bouts against big-name fighters: "I try not to count a lot on my experience. I have faced the tougher and more experienced roster of fighters than he has. I bring a whole lot more experience than he does. I only recognize one name on the roster of fighters he has faced. I think he has a good record so far, but I do believe I'm the toughest fighter he has faced so far. I've been there and I've done that. I've fought them all, I've won, I've lost and there's nothing holding me back from taking me the win."
On the stakes of the fight: "I definitely expect a title shot if I win this fight. Him being undefeated doesn't worry me at all. I think this is a big moment in my career after so much hard work. It doesn't get much better and it's a dream come true."