Braden Pagaoa planning for a dirty struggle at LFA 158

Braden Pagaoa planning for a dirty struggle at LFA 158

The theme to this point in 2023 for Bradon Pagaoa has been an absence of exercise.

Having been 9 months because the final time Pagaoa has stepped into the cage, he’s desperate to get again to motion and begin the ball rolling on his 12 months.

“Had just a little little bit of a sluggish begin to the 12 months,” Pagaoa informed “I haven’t fought since August, however I’ve been in camps, getting after it, and doing what I at all times do. I’ve been making an attempt to raised myself in all points of the sport.”

If the day off has had any optimistic impact it’s been that Pagaoa has been capable of work on his sport and turn out to be a extra absolutely developed fighter for his return to motion this 12 months.

“I feel it’s clear to everybody the place my holes are, and that will be the grappling division, however I’ve been working actually laborious on that and specializing in placing all of it collectively,” mentioned Pagaoa. “I’ve not simply been specializing in grappling or hanging, however being a (full-fledged) combined martial artist.”

This Friday in Chandler, Arizona, Pagaoa (3-1) kicks off his 2023 versus Humberto Duarte (5-2) in a flyweight most important card bout at LFA 158.

“I feel in each struggle I’m making an attempt to make a press release,” Pagaoa mentioned. “I wish to put a stamp on it. I wish to go away little question. I wish to present one thing new. Each struggle is the largest struggle of my life.

“(Duarte’s) a tricky man. He finishes individuals. It looks like he likes to face and bang, which is what I love to do. I really feel like I’ve to get in his face and make it ugly just a little bit. I do know I’m a really slick and shifting striker, however I feel he would be the mover this struggle, so I’ll should stress just a little bit extra and make it dirty.”

The principle factor shifting ahead for Pagaoa isn’t solely to remain lively to have the time to develop his sport in order that when he makes steps up in his profession he’s prepared for them.

“I type of wish to take it because it comes,” mentioned Pagaoa. “Being that I’m so younger within the sport, and simply younger interval, I actually wish to take the time to develop between fights. I don’t wish to be the identical man like in earlier fights.

“I don’t thoughts quick layoffs – I can’t be doing year-long layoffs or one thing like that – however quick layoffs to fine-tune expertise and get higher in locations I’m all for that.”

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