Enrique Barzola reflects on his recent victory at #BELLATOR298 and discusses his plans for a title opportunity. Read more about his post-fight media availability here.
|Enrique Barzola escaped a dangerous armbar attempt in the third round of the fight
|He credits his team for helping him practice the escape
|Barzola focused on his ground game and wrestling leading up to the fight
|He believes he has the best wrestling, striking, and Jiu Jitsu coaches in the world
|Barzola initially underestimated his opponent, Jalen Bates
|He is ready for a title opportunity and hopes Bellator will give him the chance
|Barzola praises his coach, Ron Kessler, for his influence on his career
|He has had beneficial sparring sessions with Umar and Margaret
|Barzola is grateful for his training partner, Jesus Pinedo, who is also from Peru
Enrique Barzola recently sat down for a post-fight media availability after his victory at #BELLATOR298 . Barzola discussed his thought process during a crucial moment in the fight, his training regimen, and his plans for the future.
In the third round of the fight, Barzola found himself in a dangerous position when his opponent attempted a jumping armbar. However, Barzola’s strong conditioning and ground game allowed him to escape the submission attempt. He credited his team for helping him practice this specific escape and emphasized the importance of his wrestling training.
Barzola revealed that he had been focusing on his ground game and wrestling leading up to the fight, and it showed in his performance. He was able to control his opponent on the ground using his wrestling skills. Barzola expressed confidence in his team, stating that he has the best wrestling, striking, and Jiu Jitsu coaches in the world.
When asked about his opponent, Jalen Bates, Barzola admitted that he was initially underestimating him. However, Bates proved to be a tough and resilient fighter, surprising Barzola with his skills and conditioning. Barzola acknowledged that Bates has potential for future fights.
Reflecting on his own performance, Barzola believed that he fought smart and made the most of every opportunity. He mentioned that he had difficulty seeing in the first round due to an overhand strike to his eyes, but he managed to adapt and perform well despite the setback.
Looking ahead, Barzola expressed his desire for a title opportunity. He stated that he is ready for any challenge that comes his way and hopes that Bellator will give him the chance to compete for the championship.
Barzola also spoke about the influence of his coach, Ron Kessler, on his career. He praised Kessler as the best coach in the world and credited him for his continuous support and guidance. Barzola mentioned that he has been training with Kessler for many years and believes in his coaching abilities.
In addition, Barzola mentioned his sparring sessions with Umar and Margaret, describing them as beneficial and confidence-boosting. He also highlighted his training partner, Jesus Pinedo, who is also from Peru, and expressed gratitude for having him by his side during fight week.
Overall, Barzola’s victory at #BELLATOR298 was a testament to his skills, conditioning, and the support of his team. With his sights set on a title opportunity, Barzola is determined to continue his success in the world of mixed martial arts.