ONE on TNT 1 Media Day quotes (Tyler McGuire)


ONE Championship athletes Eddie Alvarez, Mehdi Barghi, and Tyler McGuire spoke to the media forward of the much-ballyhooed occasion, ONE on TNT 1. It emanates from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, April seventh.

The principle card goes reside on TNT at 10 p.m. japanese time. As well as, the primary card will probably be out there reside on Bleacher Report and the B/R app at 10 p.m japanese time. You may catch the prelims on B/R App, B/R Reside, Bleacher Report, B/R Reside YouTube, and B/R MMA Twitter at 8:30 p.m. japanese time.

Under are excerpts from my Q&A with Tyler McGuire.

ONE on TNT 1

Interested in your ideas heading into this match. Simply because it looks like with this welterweight division specifically there’s perhaps extra of a nebulous type of contendership hierarchy.

Has ONE Championship communicated to you if it is a title eliminator bout for Kiamrian Abbasov’s belt or has nothing been laid out in that regard or in a broader sense, the place the winner will get within the contendership hierarchy usually?

“They haven’t stated something to me instantly. I’ve been instructed previously that earlier than I fought Agilan (Thani) that I used to be one or two away from being thought-about for the title shot. For those who take a look at among the social media issues that ONE is posting and saying that that is probably the bout. I don’t actually know who else can be forward of me. Particularly if I get a win.”

Tyler McGuire

“I do know there’s some younger up and comers, which have one or two wins which have appeared actually spectacular. However I believe with only a pure power of schedule and in case you take a look at MMA math proper. Like who has a win over (Kiamrian) Abbasov? Luis Sapo Santos. I beat Sapo proper. after which clearly (Kiamrian) Abbasov beat Zebaztian (Kadestam) then clearly Zebaztian (Kadestam) beat me. So I believe that me getting a shot on the title would really be a pleasant method to take a look at that MMA math and see how that works.”

The comeback path between the final couple of fights right here. I’m noticing there’s that two-year hole between the bouts. I think about a few of that can also be knowledgeable by the pandemic and among the hurdles that created.

However what was it wish to not solely get again after being out of competitors for a few years but additionally to compete in a framework whereby there have been no followers in attendance?

“It’s bizarre you recognize. The final time I fought I used to be in entrance of the stadium stuffed with 20,000 followers they usually’re going loopy. It was a title combat and the ambiance. However I believe any fighter will inform you that the primary loss is all the time the hardest. It was even harder as a result of I knew going into that combat. So the army has been been very supportive of me they usually allowed me to type of delay some coaching I needed to do. It’s block coaching so I couldn’t actually break it up. So I knew going into that combat I used to be gonna have a 10-month layoff.”

McGuire vs Magomedaliev

“So taking that first L after which having to attend 10 months. Properly, I assumed it was going to be ten months to get it again. Then clearly I used to be attempting to combat like March or February of 2020 after which clearly the worldwide pandemic hit. So then needed to wait then our gyms are shut down. The entire mess with all that. So I’d say vindication, the truth that I nonetheless obtained it if you’ll.”

“As a result of clearly, Agilan (Thani) is without doubt one of the top-ranked welterweights as nicely. We each knew that he was attempting to get again into title competition and actually simply wanted that combat. You recognize my opponent obtained modified like thrice and my camp obtained prolonged a month. That was probably the most adversity-filled camp and combat week. Actually that I’ve ever had in my profession. With pushing issues again, three totally different opponents, meals poisoning. That simply actually confirmed me that I might simply push via something. In order that’s type of reinvigorated me to indicate that I do nonetheless belong right here.”

Simply as a fast follow-up with that broader timeline you’re speaking about there, was there any level the place frustration was settling in with the myriad of roadblocks that had been popping up?

Or is there a sure composure that units in from that type of army mindset that you simply’ve been speaking about via the scrum right here immediately?

Tyler McGuire vs Raimond Magomedaliev

“There was an excessive amount of frustration, however to your level, the composure is what carried me via. Self-discipline is clearly a powerful a part of the army. I obtained to the purpose, particularly with my combat getting pushed again twice. My camp was prolonged and I’m working 17-18 hours a day, I’m not seeing my household.”

“By the point I obtained to my third opponent, I wasn’t even positive if I used to be nonetheless gonna combat. I used to be simply so annoyed, I used to be damage on my elbows, my joints. Being 35 now, nicely 34 on the time, going via that three-month camp. However the rigors of that, like that wears on you. And mentally once more with the household. However fortunately I’ve obtained an excellent assist system. My power coach, my bodily remedy coach, and my teammates.”

“They had been there for me on these decrease factors together with my spouse. After which the army as nicely. However yeah that composure is what simply stored me via. And the opposite factor is I wished to indicate my daughter, I took my first loss as an expert. You lose that aura of invincibility, however I wished to return again and get again on the horse and get that win once more. So at some point after I discuss to my daughter and I’m attempting to encourage her to do no matter she desires to do. When she experiences failure, that I’ve one thing to attract on for instance.”


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