Alden Coria says ‘hard work and talent beat hard work alone’ heading into LFA 121
Although he could only play twice in 2021, bandwagon Alden Coria feels the year was good because he was able to gain some knowledge in his fights and show the evolution of his game.
In particular, Coria believes that his impressive jump was the biggest leap forward in 2021, as evidenced by his first victory of the year over Rashaad Robinson in LFA 101 last March.
“It was a bit of a difficult year because of Covid, there were still a lot of restrictions, but the LFA took care of me and took me to two games,” Coria told MMAWeekly.com. “The first fight I learned I had more piercing power than I thought I could.
“In my second race I do not think I got anything different from this race, but I gained experience. I would say that I have gained a lot more confidence in my hit. I’m going to an impressive new gym. This is what I carry in 2022, it is much more work for my impressive game and my career in MMA “.
In addition to focusing on his impressions, Coria feels that the different locations in which he has trained and the myriad people with whom he has trained have helped him to evolve greatly in recent years.
“From my amateur to my professional career, I have gained so much knowledge,” Coria said. “From the lowest to the highest levels, I’ve traveled all over Singapore, Japan, I’ve been with a lot of Vegas fighters. all the experience I had really created me to be the fighter I am.
“All the coaching staff I was able to train with, all the UFC fighters I had to come face to face with have really changed my game.”
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This Friday in Dallas, Texas, Coria (5-0) will try to keep alive their unbeaten streak when they face the flawless Michael Sear (3-0) in a 135 pound match with a main card in LFA 121.
“I’m not too worried about that,” Coria said. “I never have a game plan. I just take the fight as it comes. react. If I’m too worried about his game, then I’m not really focusing on my best abilities. If I am very focused on what is trying to beat me.
“I try to prepare everywhere. He is not my opponent. I do not fight him, I fight myself. “I’m not trying to be arrogant or anything, but hard work and talent go beyond hard work on their own, and that’s what I bring to the race.”
For Coria, 2022 seems to be the year that will reach the next level. While he has an idea of what step he would like to take next, once he gets there, the exact nature of how he does it is not as great as it worries him.
“I would say I have the feeling that this year is my year for either the Contender Series or the UFC contract,” Coria said. “I prefer to have the UFC contract, but you can not choose, so choose what they give me. Whatever happens, I’m ready for anything.
“I’ve been in this game for 10 years now and this year I’re really looking forward to the next one.”