Many fans remember that Cole Griego referred to all Nevada fighters as “bums.” He was the fighter from New Mexico that everyone loved to hate. He is returning April 6, 2018 for Real MMA XVII. Are Nevada fans ready to see him take the Batamweight title from Julius Lopez?
Here is what Griego had to say about the upcoming fight:
This fight is going to play out exactly how I said the last fight was going to play out: I said I was going to put [Cesar Liborio] to sleep and I did exactly that. That’s the plan again. I expect Julius [Lopez] can take a little bit more of a hit than Cesar could. I just touched that chin and it was night night. I didn’t even hit him that hard honestly. It was more of a smooth exchange. That just shows if you get hit on the button, even if it’s not that hard, by someone with really great timing, like myself, you’re going to go to sleep.
If Julius gives me one opportunity to capitalize on that highlight real knockout, I am going to get it again, trust me. Think about how fast I got it this last time. I have five rounds to find it. I have 15 minutes and he better be ready to take some damage because either way, even if he can take a hit, they are going to add up. Either way, I am going to win this fight by knockout, by submission, or by decision if he goes all five rounds. Granted he’s going to be beaten to a bloody pulp. He’s not going to look the same after five rounds. Either way, I will get my hand raised.
Of course I am pretty sure I’m going to knock him out, just like I did Cesar. I think Julius will be a little more durable and a little more prepared to go five round with me. I don’t think he’s going to be so stupid like Cesar to try to stand right in front of me. I think he’s going to respect me a little bit more on the feet. That’s where Cesar f***ed up. I think Cesar, in his last four fights was able stock his opponents down and strike with them. (Cesar was 4-0 before he faced Griego) I warned him. I told him, ‘Bro, you’re gonna get knocked out if you try to stand with me. You’ve never fought someone with my type of power.’ And he did exactly what I told him not to do, and look what happened.
I think there is more pressure on Julius [to win April 6] because I have already proven myself. Rudy [Morales] was right beside me in the ring announcing to the crowd that I said Nevada fighters were all bums and that I had better back up my sh*t. That was an immense amount of pressure and look what happened. I hope I have more pressure than Julius because I obviously thrive under that pressure. I think he’s going to be in the 96 percent of humans that don’t perform quite as well under the spotlight. I am reverse and I perform better under that kind of pressure.
I know he has the experience and power and I respect that. I am just smarter than all these guys and I am continuing to prove it. I am not only performing the way I say I am going to but I am walking the talk. I have a lot of confidence in my abilities and when I say I am going to do something, I do it. I know exactly where I am at, and where I am headed and that’s to the top. I am going to keep finishing people by knockout and by submission. I have never been finished and that’s how it’s going to stay.
What will happen at Real MMA XVII on April 6? Will Lopez maintain his title or will Griego beat him to a bloody pulp? Don’t miss Real MMA XVII on April 6 at 7 p.m. at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino.
By Jeanette Smith