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Patricio Freire Expects a Prepared Daniel Straus at Bellator 178

April 18, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

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Patricio Freire spoke with MMAjunkie for a new interview before his fight with Daniel Straus at Bellator 178. Some highlights are below:

On Straus’ long layoff: “I believe he’ll be very prepared, because he’s a very athletic guy. He may have lost a little bit of fight timing, but I don’t know to which extent that’s going to influence things. For instance, with me, at some point I spent 22 months without fighting due to an injury. I returned against Pat Curran in 2013 (at Bellator 85), and it was a great fight. I lost, but many thought I’d won. It was a split decision, and we fought for five rounds. So I was hurt, getting back from injury, but I put on a high-level fight against someone who’d been active and it didn’t hurt me too much. I lost very little timing, because I’d been sparring a lot at the gym. So, if he’s been doing the same, I believe he’s going to come back well-prepared, he’s going to be the same Straus as before, it won’t be a problem, and we’ll put on a good fight.”

On his own time off being good for him: “I did notice that since I was sleeping better. Without the physical stress of daily training, some of my lingering injuries went away. And within 15 to 20 days (of being back to training), I was back at peak shape. I would have been ready to fight as early as December or January. Now I kick at full strength. I have no fear. No injury can stop me. I’ll be capturing the belt.”

On his plans for the fight: “I have some surprises, too. I’m bringing new skills, I’ve studied new tactics, I have a brand-new strategy for this fourth time. Every time I faced him, it was at a crucial moment. The first time was at the tournament final in 2011, the second was a title defense, and the last time, it was another defense in which he was victorious. So we’re 2-1, in my favor. And I think this will be our last fight. I will end any doubts. ”

On his desire to fight Michael Chandler: “Sooner or later, my brother will be champion of that division. My fight with Michael Chandler doesn’t depend on the belt, to me that’s a piece of tin. That belt is only valuable around my brother’s waist. What I want, with Michael Chandler, is his head. I want to make that clear. I don’t want his belt, I want his head.”

On Straus being a dangerous opponent: “We usually say that a crazy guy can get in the way of a technical guy. And that’s what happens when I fight Straus. He is also very technical. He trains with a lot of world champions – his boxing coach is a world champion, his kickboxing coach is a world champion, his wrestling coach is an Olympic champ, his jiu-jitsu coach is a multiple-time world champion. He is a world champion. But he’s a little clumsy. It’s like he’s underwater, trying to save himself. That’s kind of how he fights. So that’s a very hard guy to fight. He’s a southpaw, lanky, and very athletic. And that’s challenging. But we have a very tight strategy to halt his impetus…The fight is going to end with Straus unconscious. That’s it.”

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