Igor Svirid might have lost his ONE Championship middleweight title and suffered a broken hand in his last fight, but the Kazakhstani is not short of ambition or confidence. He wants his belt back, but first, he’s planning to win one as a welterweight.
“I don’t mean to be rude, but what I want to do first is beat Luis Santos and then I’d like to beat Ben Askren, take the belt and then, what I really, really want more than anything else, to get the rematch with Bigdash, beat him and get what belongs to me. Get it back, which is my belt. “
Svirid has been handed an extremely tough assignment on his welterweight debut. He’s going up against Brazilian striking sensation Luis Santos at ONE: Titles & Titans in Jakarta this Saturday, and knows what is in store.
“Luis Santos has an extremely good background in Judo and he showed it in his fight against Ben Askren, how he was throwing Ben Askren left and right. Also, Luis Santos got his famous kicking skills in his left leg and he also has extremely, extremely good jiu-jitsu.”
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Svirid has been training at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket to prepare for this fight. He happened to bump into Canada’s Ryan Ford, the last fighter to beat Santos, and the WSOF veteran has given him a few tips.
“I know a lot about Luis Santos. As a matter of fact, when I was in the Tiger Muay Thai Camp, getting ready for this fight, I talked to the Canadian guy who beat Luis Santos ….View full article