The legendary Rickson Gracie once said, “Slap a black belt in the face, it will become a brown belt. Hit him again, purple belt ”and so on. It is a principle that Martin Hamlet clearly took to heart.
2021 was a pretty successful year for Hamlet (8-2, 2-1 PFL), who took on Antonio Carlos Jr. for the 205-pound championship of the Professional Fighters League in the semifinals on October 27, where he won the Ultimate Fighting Championship -Alaun defeated Cezar Ferreira due to a leg injury at the beginning of the fight. Now the Norwegian is concentrating on “Cara De Sapato” and vows to hit his upcoming opponent with every weapon in his arsenal, especially on the ground.
“I’ve trained with a lot of good guys [in BJJ]”Hamlet said to Sherdog. “We have to remember that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not MMA, wrestling is not MMA, we have to mess it up, so I respect his record in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but when he faces me in this cage, I have no respect for his earlier things in his career. I’ve met a lot of good jiu-jitsu guys, but my plan is not to fight him. I’m not going to get into position and deal with him for 25 minutes without any blows and such. When you start hitting the grappling will be different. When you start wrestling with punches, the wrestling will be different. Yes, I like the whole thing. ”
Hamlet also discussed the bizarre ending of his fight with Ferreira, sharing his pick for the remaining PFL title fight, and revealing some names he would face in the 2022 season.
Tudor Leonte began writing about mixed martial arts for Italian media in 2013. His journey with Sherdog began in 2018 and it now covers One Championship and countless European shows. You can follow him on Twitter @Mr.TudorLeonte.
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