Valmir Lazaro Says He Isn't Nervous Being an Underdog
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.22.2014
Valmir Lazaro spoke with MMAjunkie about hsi fight with James Vick at UFC Fight Night 49 this weekend. Check out the highlights:
On whether he's nervous being the underdog: "That doesn't happen to me. The tough part might actually be being able to afford the proper nutrition up to fight day. As I see it, if I manage to get through my training, I'm more than ready for the fight. We train very hard at Nova Uniao. If I do everything correctly, fighting is the easy part. I was born to fight."
On his career status: "I'm trying to finding sponsors now. An athlete's greatest difficulty is finding sponsors. But I'm new to the international scene. Maybe something will materialize after my fight."
On taking less-than-ideal matchups early on: "I learned that if we choose to live as a fighter, we must act professionally. It's necessary to learn, to know when to listen, be humble and work hard. I didn't use to be very dedicated. Plus, I'd take a lot of late-notice fights, with 15 days to go."
On his lack of submission finishes: "My submission victories haven't happened yet because if everything is going right on the feet, why would I take the fight to the ground? If that stops working, I might have to reinvent myself. Ultimately we're getting it done; the goal is to get the win. I feel I'm a complete fighter. I'm in the best MMA academy in the world. I train wrestling and jiu-jitsu. Maybe striking is my strong suit, but I'll go wherever the fight takes me."
On training away from home: "It's tough to stay three months away from home. I miss them. But I do everything for my family. The messages they send me strengthen me. I'm fighting for their future, and no one is getting in my way. I don't want them to face the same difficulties I did."