Dave Jensen Thinks He Will Be the Fresher Fighter at Bellator 81
MMAjunkie Radio spoke with Bellator 81 combatant Dave Jansen who faces Ricardo Tirloni in the semifinals of the season 7 lightweight tournament on Friday.
On Jansen’s record with choke submission holds and his opponent having two losses via guillotine choke: “I take what’s presented to me. A lot of times, that’s just somebody’s neck. So I’ve just got to snatch it up. That’s my go-to thing. That’s what I’ve got the repetitions in the practice room with.”
Why Jensen believes he only has one win via knockout: “I only have that one knockout on my record because I went into that fight saying I was going to knock him out and swing for the fences. Early in my career, I don’t feel like I had good hands whatsoever. I feel like I was a one-dimensional fighter. That’s changed recently, in the last year.”
Why he thinks he has the advantage over Tirloni: “I didn’t take any damage in the last fight, so I got two full fight camps going into this camp, in a way. I’m lean, and I’ve only got one fight instead of two – (with the other normally) against the scale. I can get up over 180, but right now I’m comfortably walking around at 168. He had a pretty tough weight cut, just looking at him. Even though I fought four or five minutes longer, I feel I’ll be fresher.”