WSOF 33 “Gaethje vs. Dugulubgov” takes place Oct. 7, 2016 at Kansas City Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. Lightweight No. 1 contender Ozzy Dugulubgov talks to MMAmania
World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 33: “Gaethje vs. Dugulubgov” goes down this Friday (Oct. 7, 2016) at Kansas City Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. It’s a big card for the promotion with title defenses for both Justin Gaethje and David Branch at Lightweight and Light Heavyweight, respectively.
It’s also the biggest fight of Ozzy Dugulubgov’s career. Currently riding a three-fight win streak, Dugulubgov had been quietly biding his time since winning at WSOF 26 in Dec. 2015, but his long wait is finally over.
Location: Municipal Auditorium, KANSAS CITY, MO
MMAmania.com recently spoke to Dugulubgov about earning the opportunity to fight Gaethje and getting ready for his toughest opponent to date.
“Yeah preparation is good, thank God you know. I’m keeping it busy. I’m out here in New Mexico at Greg Jackson’s gym and getting ready for the fight. We have a bunch of guys you know. It’s so many athletes here right now, a lot of people coming and going so, it’s always a variety of training partners and tough guys.”
Even in a large and legendary gym full of “tough guys” there’s still one person Dugulubgov can cite as a lot of fun to work with, though he doesn’t want to focus on one style of fighting when facing Gaethje.
“Donald Cerrone as a sparring partner (is) one of the toughest guys. You know there’s a particular plan we have to bring to this fight and the main idea is to be prepared for any situation where the fight will take us. That’s our main goal is to be prepared for all the aspects of the fight and whatever (kind) of fight it goes to we want to be the best at it.”
Even though Gaethje’s reputed to be a human highlight reel of striking there’s no chance Dugulubgov or his team are forgetting his was an outstanding amateur wrestler, nor that he likes leg kicks just as much as his hands.
“Every time we look at our opponents we look at them as being dangerous in every aspect such as striking, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and we’re just trying to be prepared for any situation. Yeah the (kicks) are one of his things that he does very well and we’re obviously preparing for that as well.”
Dugulubgov is an intriguing combination of humility and ability. He’s not the type of fighter who puts down an opponent or talks smack, but he’s not lacking in confidence about his training for Gaethje.
“I’m (just) a simple guy just trying to improve on everything little by little. That’s it, nothing special. It’s a no brainer that (for) this kind of fight you have to be at your highest level of performance. We’re just trying to be good at punching, good at kicking, good at wrestling — everything, everything.”
Every opponent of Gaethje’s that I’ve talked to feels that he can be “the one” to hand him his first loss. All of them were confident, all of them were defeated. What can Dugulubgov do to be “the one” in 16-1? To Dugulubgov it’s simple.
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