Shane Campbell on Darrell Horcher “Don’t Know Anything About the Kid”
Shane Campbell clashes with Darrell Horcher at Unified MMA 50 on March 31st.
Campbell appeared on Bowks Talking Bouts to discuss the machinations of this super lightweight title defense, the focus on returning to the UFC, and so much more. Excerpts from our chat are below.
Campbell’s lengthy winning streak and what this bout could possibly do to propel him toward the octagon
“Whenever they find a guy for me, that’s super exciting. Because most of the Canadians keep saying no. So it’s better for me to be fighting UFC vets anyway. I’m not going to get back to the UFC by beating just some regional guys.”
“Every single person I talk to is asking me why I’m not in the UFC right now. Even other UFC fighters they’re like geez, we want to see you in there and it’ll come. I’ve had my own little fair share of injuries. So even if I were to get the step up here in the last little while, I may not have been able to jump at it based on some injuries. I’m crushing the regional circuit but that step up to the UFC is a massive step. Unless my body and mental state is very good for it, I almost don’t want to risk kind of wasting another opportunity.”
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Campbell’s feelings on Horcher having a bit of a chip on his shoulder about how he’s perceiving being brought in to fight the local champ
“I mean, I don’t know. In reality, that is just the way it is. Like a hometown promotion when they bring someone in, they’re not bringing someone in to kind of hope that they win but I mean we’re trying to find the best competition. The promotion asked many different people and a lot of people said no to me. So the fact that (Darrell) Horcher did say yes, it doesn’t mean the promotion wants him to come in for a lose. They want to bring someone in that will actually fight me (laughs). If you say yes it’s like that’s up to you.”
“You can have a chip on your shoulder through your fuckin past career, it is what it is, you know what I mean. If the world is against that dude, the world is against him, no matter what. It doesn’t matter if it’s this promotion, his family, or fucking whatever else. If he’s got a chip on his shoulder, that’s his problem… I understand. He’s got a few losses, the end of his career. Maybe he took some head trauma. Life’s not always the best, I get it, you know what I mean. But it’s your own mindset and how you put it in on a daily basis. That’s what’s going be your outlook on life.”
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Campbell’s thoughts on Horcher’s resume/ stylistic attributes
“I never looked at his stuff. I don’t know, I had a first look at him like when the fight was offered to me. But I don’t know anything about the kid and I really don’t care. Like every fight, I go in there and I do what I do. If he thinks he can try to stop me or change the course of what I go in there and intend to do then good luck on him. But I don’t see that happening.”
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