Even though the novel coronavirus impacted MMA fighters in many methods, some had been extra specifically impacted by it than other folks. Case in stage: light-weight Joe Solecki.
At first slated to experience Austin Hubbard at UFC Combat Evening: Blaydes vs. Volkov in June, Solecki was forced off the celebration right after tests optimistic for Covid-19.
“The only motive I examined was that I realized we ended up likely to be analyzed in Vegas and I didn’t want to deliver that out there or I also did not want to go out there, take a look at constructive and arrive back house,” Solecki told MMAWeekly.com. “I took the check and under no circumstances in fact considered it would arrive back beneficial.
“I was sensation a very little additional worn down, but other than that I felt fine. We did not have to quarantine that prolonged. It was 10 times considering the fact that we first tested. So it was a number of days of coaching in the garage then suitable back again at it.”
While understandably dissatisfied that he wouldn’t be ready to combat in June, Solecki received by means of quarantine the most effective he could and stayed geared up for when his bout would materialize.
“This (forthcoming combat) is meant to be my 2nd combat of the 12 months as a substitute of my first,” stated Solecki. “Everything happened for a purpose. I went back again and trained in the garage, then at the time quarantine was up, received appropriate back into camp.”
On Saturday in Las Vegas, Solecki (9-2) will eventually have his delayed 2020 debut when he faces Austin Hubbard (12-4) in a preliminary 155-pound bout at UFC Battle Night: Munhoz vs. Edgar.
“I’ve received to dial in and clock in for 15 really hard minutes,” Solecki said. “That’s actually it. Becoming inform, being in the struggle, fighting for just about every solitary trade and placement. If I pull forward I can not allow him again into the battle, or if I drop driving I have to stay in the fight.
“The detail I imagine I can actually glow is inching him out in each and every department applying my battle IQ, combine matters alongside one another well I feel if I do people things I will come out with my hand lifted soon after three really hard rounds.”
For Solecki what arrives upcoming soon after August 22 is for his workforce and the UFC to come to a decision, as his aim is on the fights themselves and minimal outdoors of that.
“That’s the most essential detail, soon after each and every struggle coming back again, finding with my coaches, getting with my administration, seeing the outcomes and observing what the UFC desires for me,” reported Solecki. “I’m a huge believer in if I have coaches, if I have a supervisor, and I’m heading to struggle in the UFC I have to pay attention to all those individuals.
“They’re superior at (the business enterprise facet of MMA) than me. My occupation is to battle. I just say sure to whomever they want me to combat. That is the most straightforward way for me. It lets me concentrate on the crucial thing which is preparation.”