Michal Pasternak would have been well within his rights to quit in his most recent bout. He suffered serious knee damage at the start of the third round, but despite being denied the use of his left leg, he somehow found a way to finish the fight.
Had he decided to quit, no-one would have held it against him. Pasternak would probably have been given a second chance by ONE Championship, but the 32-year-old definitely wouldn’t have found himself fighting for the inaugural light heavyweight title in his very next contest.
Through sheer guts and determination has earned a ONE Championship title shot. His reward for the win over Rafael Silva on his promotional debut is a title tilt against Roger Gracie. Pasternak outlined exactly what he had to do to earn it.
“I thought that I damaged my leg very badly but I only had torn ligaments and damaged meniscus. When I got injured the first (thought) was anger because something went wrong in such an important fight, but then when I got a few punches and I just knew I needed to fight till the end and win it.”
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The injury occurred in December of 2014, and Pasternak is quick to assure fans that he is fully rehabilitated and ready to perform to his full potential at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday night.
“I don’t have any problems with my knee now. If I did I wouldn’t fight for a belt.”
Pasternak’s ONE: Ascent to Power match-up with Gracie was initially set to be a non-title affair, but a reshuffle to the card saw the organization’s ….View full article