Daniel Zellhuber, the ‘gold’ prospect at the Contender Series


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Daniel Zellhuber, the 'gold' prospect at the Contender Series

At 22, Daniel ‘Golden Boy’ Zellhuber feels ready to come to the UFC. At over 1.90 meters tall and remarkable condition in all aspects of the game, he seems like a threat to anyone at lightweight.

The Mexican is 11-0 and will face another undefeated on September 28 at the Contender Series. Brazilian Lucas Almeida, who has an impressive 12-0 record, with eight knockouts and four finishes, so he has never reached the decision.

But Zellhuber, who since the age of 18 competes in international leagues such as Combate Americas, where he was stellar in Peru and more recently in Ikon Fighting Federation and Lux ​​Fight League, where he convinced himself that it was time to take the leap in search of reaching the octagon.

“After several fights, three victories so far this year. It was an opportunity that we have been looking for for a long time and finally I believe that I am ready for these opportunities and I am preparing the best possible, ”he explained in an interview with ESPN Deportes.

Zellhuber trains with coach Raúl Romero in the State of Mexico and they are having a good time as a team, as his partner Tani Torrres was crowned 115-pound LUX Fight League champion on August 6.

As for the rival, he acknowledges his conditions, but thinks he had enough time to prepare: “I had 15 weeks, it was a long time to study the rival to know their strengths and weaknesses. He is a tough Brazilian, he is a Jungle Fight champion that is recognized in Brazil. I am glad that they match me with that level of competition, “he added.

Zellhubr has great reach and a spectacular hitting style, but he also knows how to submit. He knows that the possibility of entering the UFC is based on finishing with the rival.

In fact, that approach is different. I always work with my team to fight three rounds. I am not thinking about the completions that I achieve, they are things that just happen. Here I have a different approach, more conscientiously seeking to finish either up or down, the whole camp is thinking of doing something spectacular, “he added.

The door to the Contender Series had already been opened in the past, but he opted to add more experience inside the cage. Although he knows that it is a tough fight and nothing guarantees him to reach the Octagon, he faces it with serenity.

“Before I would have felt more pressure, but I think it’s part of growing up. Before I was more nervous about the stages. Now more than the record, the important thing is to show myself that I can handle these kinds of situations and commitments. Show that I am at the level and I belong. He is a tough opponent, but he is a good fight. In styles he is a rival that helps in this type of situation “

He is still comfortable at the light weight, although as his body matures he knows he may have to take the step to 170 because of his dimensions, “Now I feel like I’m cutting more weight, before I could even eat a hamburger the day before. weighing. Now I cut up to 15 pounds, it is something that we are reviewing, time will tell if we try something in welterweight ”, he considered.

He knows that by facing two fighters with an undefeated record, it will be one of the fights that generates the most expectation for White, who will decide at the end of the fight who gets the contract: “It’s going to be spectacular. I’m going to make her hair grow out and pull it out again, ”said the native of the State of Mexico.

The current season of Dana White’s Contender Series will have the presence of another six fighters born in Mexico, because in addition to Zellhuber, Victor Altamirano -who has already been hired-, José Alday, Genaro Valdéz, Manuel Torres and Christian Quiñonez will have their opportunity.


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