Yosuke Saruta vs Gustavo Balart goes down on February 11th at ONE: Bad Blood. This strawweight clash emanates from Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Saruta looks to rebound from his rubber match with Joshua Pacio. A trilogy clash where he was finished in the first round via strikes at ONE: Revolution in September.
Balart aims to put together back-to-back victories inside the Circle. His last outing saw him garner a unanimous decision win over Ryuto Sawada at ONE: Battleground in July.
Yosuke Saruta vs Gustavo Balart
In an interview with onefc.com, Gustavo Balart said, “Physically, I feel very good. I feel like my boxing and wrestling are superior compared to my opponent’s. Feel like I can take the fight anywhere I want. I am happy for the opportunity because I know Saruta. He is a great fighter. He is the former ONE Strawweight World Champion, and I believe that if I win this fight, I can see myself on the path to the strawweight title.”
“I have to watch out for his speed and explosiveness. I have to watch out for his hand speed or takedown attempts. But I’ve prepared for all of that. I’m always watching for his quick shots.”
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Speaking with South China Morning Post, Yosuke Saruta stated, “I saw him live, and in his fight, I was really impressed by his spirit. Despite having a short-range in striking he compensated with impressive wrestling skills. I feel like I want to test my own wrestling against a former Olympic wrestler. I’m not running away from his wrestling at all. If anything, I want to see how my wrestling, my grappling stacks up against his. I want to see who’s more aggressive, who’s more well-rounded, who’s more experienced.”
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