One Championship’s Troy Worthen Values Personal Growth over Perfect Record Following First Defeat

There are things that are more important to “Pretty Boy” than a perfect recording.

On his last appearance in the One Championship, Troy Worthen (7-1, 3-1 One) was defeated by Russian veteran Yusup Saadulaev (20-5-1 1NC, 6-2 One) for the first time in his professional mixed martial arts career -Player presented. “Pretty Boy” stated that he doesn’t care about being unbeaten as he understands that when you clash with the best guys in the sport, losing is part of the game. However, he believes he underperformed on the One: Collision Course that night.

“The loss really isn’t that big of a deal,” he said. “A lot of people base their worth or worth in this sport on their record and it’s not me. I am a martial artist first. How I support myself depends on how I carry myself throughout my life and, “Am I improving in the martial arts?” and: “How do I participate?” The loss really isn’t that big of a deal to me. It’s more like performance. I felt like I was doing very badly. You know it just wasn’t me I was in the wrong headspace thinking too much about getting the win and the leaderboard instead of just going out and expressing myself fully. I had the feeling that I was holding back a lot in this fight, I just didn’t play at eye level. ”

Worthen will now try to recover when he takes on Shuya Kamikubo (11-1-1, 4-0 One) on the upcoming One on TNT 3 card, which will be canceled on April 21.

“Shuya is a very similar fight to Saadulaev,” he said when asked about his next opponent. “He’s a very powerful grappler, he pretty much tries to wear down his opponents. I wouldn’t say he’s a great threat to submission. He’s more of a controlled soil and pound based grappler. I would say Yusup might have a little more punch or even show it off. It’s actually a pretty similar matchup, so it’s pretty easy for me to switch from fight to fight. ”

Tudor Leonte began writing about mixed martial arts for Italian media in 2013. His journey with Sherdog began in 2018 and now it covers One Championship and countless European shows. You can follow him on Twitter @Tudor_leo.

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