- Give us your thoughts on you joining ACB?
It's a huge step up for me because ACB is the third biggest MMA promotion in the world. It's an honor for me to fight here against the best opponents.
- Your going down in weight class, can you ellaborate on that decision?
I've had 2 or 3 fights in flyweight. I'm taking that move very seriously. I've changed some things in my diet and my preparation for this. I'm not going to tell you how much weight I cut but it's a lot and I'm very professional about it.
- What about your title ambitions? Do you see yourself fighting for the belt soon?
Right now a have an opponent and that's my only focus. When it comes to my future, of course I want to get that title and I don't care who I need to face to get there. I want to fight the best guys, guys from the top-5. I need to win my next fight. Valeriy is currently ranked at 6th. I'll beat him and ask for someone who's above me.
I'm not content with getting in the top-10, I want to fight the best because I'm not 20 years old anymore. I want to get to the title as soon as possible, so I'll ask for the best opponents.
- You're fighting in your hometown, what does that mean to you?
I understand that it's a big responsibility to fight in my hometown. I must get the win because so many people will come to support me. On September 8th I'll do everything to bring them joy.
- Do you see any strengths and weaknesses in your opponent?
Yes, I've seen Valeriy's fights, so I know his strengths and weaknesses but I'll keep that a secret, I'll show a lot of interesting stuff on the fight night. I think we'll give a good show for the fans, as he loves to strike and I love that as well. So let's see whose kung-fu is better!