Top lightheavyweight Luke Barnatt has spoken about his last fight, future opponent in ACA and him taking a role of a coach.
Luke your last fight against Karol Cielenski was pretty close. Did you have any negotiation with the league? Did you talk about rematch?
- Pretty Close? I won that fight and everyone knows it, even Karol Celinski knows it, that decision was an absolute disgrace. I asked for a rematch and the ONLY way to rectify it now is to give me the rematch that I deserve. Karol Celinski is the only name on my mind right now.
Not long time ago Alexey Butorin has made come back to the light heavyweight devision brutally finished one of the most dangerous light heavyweights - Cory Hendrix. How do you like the idea to face him inside the cage? Do you have any names on sight?
- Don’t care... Karol Celinski
Your last bout was in the middle of summer. Did you have any talks about the approximate date of return in 2019? Did you miss the cage?
- I went into my last fight with many injuries and in a new weight class so I decided after the fight to take some time off, heal my body and return in good health, I have not rested in my break, I’ve invested this time in becoming bigger, stronger and faster so I can really make an impact in the LHW division.
- You have your own gym where you’re training people by yourself. Did coaching help you to improve your own martial arts skills and understanding?
My gym LiliusBarnatt Martial arts in Malaga Spain is growing and is a beautiful way to supplement my time always keeping my mind focused on MMA. Coaching has been a part of my journey since the beginning, when I started MMA I moved into the gym and lived where I was training, literally living, breathing and eating MMA, I started coaching beginners on the very basic things when I had only been training myself for 6-12 months, I found that teaching others is rewarding for many reasons and gives you a much deeper understanding of fighting and of the technical demand of MMA.