Leandro Ataides tests skills against Yushin Okami at ONE: Heavy Hitters on January 14th.
The former has a fairly violent new years resolution relating to the latter and Ataides’ comments were spread via ONE social media.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 3, 2022
In the video above, Leo stated his new year’s resolution is, “To unleash a highlight-reel KO on Okami and send him to retirement”.
Leandro Ataides‘ last trip into the ONE Circle saw him fall via KO to Aung La N Sang at ONE: Battleground in July. He aims to return to the win column in a big way and advance within the hierarchy of the middleweight division once more.
Ataides versus Okami pits a former ONE middleweight title challenger against a former UFC middleweight championship contender. The winner of this will position themselves well to potentially contend for the ONE middleweight title presently held by Reinier de Ridder.
While the ONE Championship tweet could seem oriented towards talking trash, Leandro Ataides does seem to have a fair bit of respect for the skillset and overall combative career of Yushin Thunder Okami.
In a recent chat with ONE Championship, with transcription courtesy of onefc.com, Ataides said, “He’s a legend who has fought with the biggest names from Brazil. So for me, it’s going to be a big honor. I really respect him, so I’m excited to fight him. Can’t wait for the day to come. I can win this fight. Feel really positive inside because I have improved myself, and I will do my best.”
“Okami doesn’t have one style. He has so many styles in his fights. He is a complete fighter – good striking, good grappling, good everywhere. We don’t know what we can expect in this fight, so I just have to go into him and do my best. This time, I really want to use my BJJ game. I always want to show this, but now I really put 100 percent into it. Because this is my background, my natural reaction, what I grew up with.”
“I might have to set him up with my striking to take him down. But if he takes me down, I feel really fine with that. I can work very well and control the fight with my BJJ. I’m going to submit him, and it’ll be finished by the second round or the end of the first round. I see that. But you never know – with two big guys and the big show, anything can happen.”
What are your thoughts on Leandro Ataides’ comments ahead of the Yushin Okami fight at ONE: Heavy Hitters?
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