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Posted by Mika Frankl
On Monday August 20, 2012 the Knuxx family headed down to FIT NHB and interviewed King of the Cage Welterweight #1 Contender Bill Albrecht, who will be challenging for the title vs. David Gomez on August 30, 2012. Click for the interview…
Right now we’re 10 days out from the fight how you feeling?
“Hungry (laughs), I’m very hungry. Already cutting weight and it’s getting down to the nitty gritty.”
How has the camp been so far?
“It’s been really good, really good. I couldn’t have asked for better. I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m just training hard and eating right this time. Just can’t wait to do it. I can’t wait to get it over with.”
How long has the camp been?
“I knew about this fight before my last fight actually. Man, at least two months.”
Walking in against a opponent you’ve already had once do you feel there’s a comfort level or do you feel if you thought to much that you already know him that your both are different fighters by now? What the mental process?
“I don’t think anything’s changed about him. I think he’s just really not going wanting to go to the ground with me at all this time. My plan is, my hands have gotten a lot better. Arlene Vaughn has taken me to Tapia’s and out to Arizona to train with different sparring partners for this fight. People who even knew me before that, I was sparring with even said they couldn’t believe how good my hands had come along. I don’t even care if we go to the ground. I really just want to go after him, just doing my style. The last time I fought him the reason he would try to take me down and take me down at different point was because I was toughing him up with my hands then. They’re nowhere even close to where I am now. I don’t see where he can win this fight, but at the same time I can’t and I’m not taking him lightly because I’m still hungry. I lost my belt cause of cardio. I’m not going to do that again. The guy who I lost a split decision to I went through him the first two rounds, they were definitely mine and the third was questionable and the last two were his cause I gassed out. That’s something that I’ve taken out of the equation this time. After I get my belt back no one’s taking it from me this time.”
You’re known for the grappling, we know you’re working on the hands. If you could put a percent on it how much of your training has been more focused on improving that striking?
“Probably 90%. I still grapple on our grappling days here but I haven’t put a lot of focus in it cause I think I’m way above him in that area for sure.”
With that grappling how do you explain the consistently winning with the armbar, 7 of your last 11 by arm bar? It’s a great statistic.
“Yeah you know I don’t get the publicity like Ronda Rousey’s been getting for it, but yeah I see our styles as similar in that way an I definitely know how to attack the arm and the neck it’s just something I flow back and forth through. It’s something I have a good feeling for from constant rolling, rolling, and rolling, and I do like to use at any moment.”
I believe the arm-bar and triangle have been your most effective, which one is your favorite submission to apply?
“That’s tough, that’s tough I do like the triangle a lot and as far as I know the last triangle I had as was only one away from tying or having the record in MMA for wins by triangle. It’s definitely something I would like to get a few more of cause I’d like to have the most triangles in MMA. I think that be a neat title to have.”
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