“I had a singular camp. I had a fired-up combat workforce who actually helped me. We’d prepare in fields and parking tons, we’d go operating by way of fields, we’d prepare within the yard, within the rain – no matter we needed to do, it didn’t matter,” he remembers.
“Going by way of struggles, that’s the place that warrior spirit is available in. It’s really easy to step again and be a sufferer – no, let’s determine it out. I developed a greater stronger mindset. We stored going and I felt higher than I ever had, regardless of the least quantity of coaching companions and no dojo!”
It was the second time the 2 had been assembly in The Pit. Again in 2019, Quayhagen stepped in as a late opponent to take an upset resolution win over Gustavo, who till that time was on the verge of a title shot of his personal.
This rematch was subsequently each a title combat and one thing of a revenge mission for Gustavo, a mission he almost accomplished within the first spherical.
“First punch he threw! That caught me abruptly. He normally fights orthodox however he got here out southpaw and that threw me off. As soon as he put me down I needed to go all the way in which to Plan Z and simply dig in, survive after which break him,” mentioned Quayhagen post-fight.
The blow almost took Quayhagen out, however the defending champion was capable of clear his head, grit his manner by way of the second spherical after which use his relentless fuel tank to grind Gustavo down over the remaining rounds.
Quayhagen had truly predicted what the combat’s decisive issue can be throughout a pre-fight interview.
“I do know he’s a warrior and he’s going to maintain coming – however so am I. He ain’t gonna have sufficient. We’re going to see how deep he can swim. I believe it’s going to return right down to will and coronary heart,” he prophesied.
Earlier than the title combat, Kamariddin Khasanov stepped into The Pit to make his Karate Fight debut towards younger veteran Ilies ‘The Madman’ Mardhi within the newly-opened bantamweight division.
French nationwide Mardhi (2-1 in Karate Fight going into the combat) is a flamboyant fighter, however even he couldn’t match the showmanship of his opponent, with Hasanov entertaining the group with the standard dances of his native Tajkistan as he entered The Pit.
The combat was a predictably high-energy encounter for the complete three rounds length, each fighters a continuous whirlwind of exercise.
Hasanov had some wonderful moments, however general it was the extra skilled Mardhi who was answerable for the combat. He got here away with a unanimous resolution win.
Karate Fight: Season 3 airs each Thursday night time at 10pm ET on CBS Sports activities Community (and Eurosport 10pm CET) with free replays obtainable from Sunday on the Karate Fight Official YouTube Channel.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Government Author, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a ardour for Fight Sports activities and in addition a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s additionally a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.