Next just his next vocation loss to Merab Dvalishvili at UFC on ESPN+ 25 this previous February, bantamweight Casey Kenny was seeking to rebound with a solid overall performance versus Louis Smolka in his follow-up bout a few months afterwards at UFC Battle Night.
For Kenny, his combat compared to Smolka went just about as nicely as he could have hoped, picking up a first-spherical submission just three minutes into the fight.
“I consider it was honestly a single of my ideal performances,” Kenney told MMAWeekly.com. “Even however it was short discover, I arrived out and did what I was intended to do. I begun off with a leg kick, landed my shot, rocked him and submitted him, so it was about as fantastic as you can get.”
Coming into the bout with Smolka off the heels of the coronavirus lockdown, Kenney admits it was a bit of a different feel than he usually has heading into fights, but he persevered as he feels he typically does.
“I imagine which is 1 thing I do really properly, no matter what transpires I’m heading to weather the storm and arrive out on best,” said Kenney. “It was surely a distinct encounter.
“There was not actually any camp. Even in the training beforehand it was just executing tiny groups, doing things on my individual primarily. Then the combat, we had been type of locked down to the lodge, no enthusiasts, but it was all fantastic practical experience. Section of this sport is getting equipped to roll with the punches and make adjustments.”
On Saturday on Struggle Island in Abu Dhabi, Kenney (14-2-1) will seem to decide up his next straight win when he faces Heili Alateng (14-7-1) in a UFC on ESPN 16: Holm vs. Aldana preliminary bantamweight bout.
“He’s a challenging male who is going to arrive ahead, toss a big suitable hand, likely to wrestle tricky, but I assume he’s really essential in his method,” Kenney said of Alateng. “I feel I just have way too many weapons for him.
“I’ll decide my photographs, be resourceful when I will need to, be potent with my fundamentals when I require to, and where ever the battle goes I feel I can conquer him. I feel I’m just total way too perfectly-rounded on the toes and on the ground.”
Must he come out balanced versus Alateng, Kenney is searching to get back into the Octagon ideal away, even though even now on Battle Island if attainable.
“I want to get abundant back again in there,” said Kenney. “I’m likely to check out to petition to keep on Combat Island and get yet another in as swift as probable if every little thing goes properly.
“This will be my fifth UFC combat, and I have been quite unscathed in my all four. I’m grateful for all the fights that I’m having, but I’d like to make one particular much more just before the conclusion of the yr to cap off the yr.”
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