Seeking again on his earn this earlier February above JP Saint Louis at LFA 82, welterweight Korey Kuppe was all round delighted with his general performance, although he was not in a position to showcase every thing he required to in the combat.
In distinct, Kuppe wished to use his stand-up a lot more in the struggle, but he took an option to end Saint Louis on the ground in the next spherical and choose up the victory alternatively than drive his luck by backing off.
“That was a superior combat,” Kuppe informed MMAWeekly.com. “(Saint Louis is) definitely strong. He’s a excellent grappler, arrives from a very good camp. I obtained to clearly show a large amount of my grappling. I planned on preserving that fight standing. Hopefully this (forthcoming) time I can do a tiny far more of that.”
Kuppe was hoping to hold his momentum heading soon after the earn in February when the novel coronavirus struck and put things into lockdown. The good thing is Kuppe was in a position to make the most of the circumstance, even even though he expert some complicated adjusting at very first.
“The fitness center was shut the entire time, so me and my brother discovered that bothersome,” explained Kuppe. “We begun education each individual working day with a smaller team to get by it. Right after we began education the to start with 7 days we felt a great deal far better.
“I feel I’m way far better and smarter than I was final calendar year. I’m additional expert. I’m genuinely locating my groove. I have had 1 loss because 2016, so my self-assurance is really large suitable now.”
On Tuesday in Las Vegas, Kuppe (9-3) will contend for a UFC deal when he usually takes on Michael Lombardo (10-2) in a key card 170-pound bout at Dana White’s Contender Collection 2020: Week 6.
“I believe (Lombardo’s) a good athlete, but I assume I’m a much better martial artist and a gangster,” Kuppe reported. “I think I just will need to hold the struggle standing, pick him apart on the feet, and if we do grapple I need to create a whole lot of grappling exchanges and do what I do and get the submission, and get him out of there.
“I imagine when I get in there I’m heading to be zoned in and not discover (not getting a group) as well significantly. I also believe I’m likely to be a small greater and be equipped to seriously just chill and discover that flow point out without all the people today yelling at you.”
For Kuppe just creating it to the UFC is not his intention for 2020, but alternatively to start off producing an effect on the welterweight division starting off with Tuesday night time.
“My purpose is not to get the agreement and just be a UFC person my target is to lower by way of the 170-pound division violently,” explained Kuppe. “I’m just likely to take care of this battle, be me, be stunning, and every little thing else will choose treatment of by itself.”