Farès Ziam, who will face Terrence McKinney on Saturday at UFC Vegas 49, will play his fourth battle within the prestigious MMA league.
With two victories and a defeat, the 24-year-old Frenchman nicknamed “Smile killer” and member of the Team Ezbiri, will uncover the Apex UFC, who made his debut within the prestigious group in 2019. This battle in opposition to the American was scheduled for final November however had been postponed due to the Covid-19. At the time, Farès Ziam gave us an interview.
How was your preparation?
I used to be in Miami, at Sanford MMA (a famend room, editor’s observe). There have been quite a lot of athletes in my class who battle within the UFC. It obtained me in hassle, I used to be pushed to my limits. I used to be capable of enhance my placing. I come away actually completely satisfied. I actually suppose I had an awesome coaching camp, I really feel good and I’m prepared for this battle. This is an excellent factor.
During your earlier battle, you notably had Kevin Lee as sparring. This time, who did you commerce blows with?
In the room, there was Michael Chandler, Rafael Fiziev or Gilbert Burns. Only very prime quality fighters.
This battle in opposition to Terrence McKinney is vital to substantiate your legitimacy inside the UFC?
It’s already confirmed with my final two victories nevertheless it’s vital to win with a purpose to evolve and climb the rankings. I’m 36and within the UFC, I’m completely satisfied however we now have to proceed. Victory is vital however you additionally need to put up an excellent battle.
How would you want this battle to finish?
In my very best, I want to finish the battle earlier than the restrict. I would favor a knockout but when there is a call, we are going to go to the choice.
The Apex is an octagon a little bit smaller than the requirements. Did this have an effect on your preparation?
The cage I educated in is related, in order that’s an actual good level going into this battle.
In addition to being aggressive within the cage, your opponent is a trash talker who notably mentioned that he would knock you out within the first spherical…
I put that apart a bit. It doesn’t curiosity me. One day he had written “I hope the Frenchman likes pancakes.” I left to eat it the identical day and talked about it on social media. Afterwards, we talked and he informed me that he revered me. We even bumped into one another a couple of days in the past, we mentioned whats up. The relaxation is crunchy for followers and social networks.
Who are the fighters you want to face?
Charles Oliveira and Conor McGregor!
The French are increasingly quite a few within the UFC, is it a supply of motivation?
Of course, it permits us to tug ourselves up. there is my pal Benoit Saint-Denis which lately debuted. Despite the setback, he confirmed his coronary heart and that is a French specialty. We have Nassourdine Imavov who is Top 11 in addition to Ciryl Gane, interim champion. All this makes you wish to evolve.
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