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By Patrick Lujan
GSPN caught up with ‘The Heat’ training in Las Vegas in this exclusive interview:
GSPN: How has life been since your awesome win in the PI?
JDR: Life has been great. I am able to train a lot more now. I have been honing my skills and improving everyday. I also got a new puppy. His name is August Yorkshire. Be sure to add him on Instagram.
GSPN: How did the win change the minds of the UFC?
JDR: I’m not sure about changing minds; but, the win just solidifies that I am of this caliber and that I belong competing with the elites of the world.
GSPN: How many fighters did it come down to for your next fight and how did it boil down to Neil Seery?
JDR: After Manila, the UFC asked my managers if I could be booked in July or August. I was still recovering from injuries at the time and could not commit. I told them I would be ready by October or November.
When the offer of fighting Neil Seery came about, I was excited and gladly jumped on the opportunity. Neil is a tough fighter that comes forward. People know I like to push the pace. This should be a very exciting fight. Hopefully we can both put on a Fight of the Night Performance.
GSPN: Your first three UFC fights have all been in Asia (Singapore, Japan, Philippines). How will this fight in Ireland change your preparation?
JDR: Because Ireland is closer in proximity to the US mainland, I will be holding camp in Las Vegas for this fight.
GSPN: Neil Seery will definitely have home court advantage. Added motivation for you?
JDR: I am very excited to fight in Ireland. I know since Conor McGregor came onto the scene, there has been an Irish resurgence in the UFC. I believe it’s called “The Irish Take Over”.
GSPN: You only have about six weeks to prepare for this fight. What’s the camp plans from here on out?
JDR: I am actually going into camp already in shape. So, it will be just the usual six-week grind until the fight.
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