The last few weeks were long for Argentine UFC fighter Laureano Staropoli, but after the 15-day postponement of his fight, he is taking advantage of the experience and wants to take the pressure off Jamie Pickett.
One of the American’s trainers tested positive in the week of the fight, which originally would happen on October 9 and ‘Pepi’ was stranded with his trainer Nicolás Giralda in Las Vegas, but after both gave weight, everything is ready for his fifth fight in the Octagon.
“Every cloud has a silver lining. The time I was in Las Vegas was beautiful, the first time I was able to train here at the UFC facilities, we got improvised companions who supported me a lot and the truth is that (I am) very happy to have spent all this time training, “he explained. Laureano to ESPN Deportes.
Although his record remains positive at 9-4, Staropoli is in an awkward position for any fighter, with three losses in a row, although the last one was on short notice and in a new division. However, he assures that it does not affect him, he wants to go out to do his work.
“I’m a guy who has no pressure, the pressure is psychological, and luckily I managed to master that subject. I come re-played as they say in Argentina because of my negative streak, but I don’t care, because I’m going to go out to have fun, to fight, to represent my country, my country and clench my fists to seek the fight from minute zero “, added.
‘El matador’ faces an opponent urged to win, but does not anticipate his movements, because in his last rival, the Georgian Roman Dolidze surprised him with a lot of pressure on the lock to the body and against the gate, rather than an exchange of blows.
“I didn’t know it was going to be like this, I consider him a great striker. Now I don’t expect anything, there are times when the fighter does exactly the opposite of what one thinks he is going to do ”, explained the 28-year-old fighter, who assures that he had a great experience of that defeat and returned to work, above all, in their hand-to-hand fight.
For his second fight at Middleweight, at the 185 pound limit he claims to be better coupled and above all, with the ability to work on his strategy rather than worrying about a strict diet or cutting weight: “I feel super strong, Quick. I have the advantage that I cut a few kilos, that is reflected in the fight, more if it is long. Before I was more stressed in the weight than in the fight ”.
Although this time he was unable to count on champion Charles Oliveira in his corner, he worked most of the camp with him in Sao Paulo and hopes that the three months of work for the fight will be reflected in the cage.
Staropoli and Pickett are part of the preliminaries for UFC Vegas 41 at the Apex in Las Vegas, which will be starred by the semi-heavyweight fight between Italian Marvin Vettori and Brazilian Paulo Costa.