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Benoit Saint Denis: Grappling at ADXC provides motivation after ‘difficult fight’ with Dustin Poirier

Benoit Saint Denis go back to action this Saturday, however it won’t be inside the UFC octagon.

“God of War” is slated to heading ADXC 4 in a grappling face-off versus fellow UFC light-weight Marc Diakiese in his native France. When the bout was used, the light-weight competitor saw it as the ideal method to remain active and recharge after losing a highly-anticipated battle with Dustin Poirier at UFC 299 in March.

“It’s good stuff to stay a bit active, to keep training and to stay motivated after the difficult fight I had in Miami,” Saint Denis informed mixed martial arts Fighting. “ADXC is coming to France, a big stage for professional grappling. I’m training in every art of the mixed martial arts. I was happy, I took the challenge right away.”

A black belt in judo and brown belt in jiu-jitsu, Saint Denis completes under grappling guidelines for the very first time given that 2019, and obviously, Diakiese was not the given name tossed his method. According to Saint Denis, ADXC approached his group with the concept of scheduling him versus ex-Bellator champ Brent Primus and after that UFC competitor Arman Tsarukyan.

Saint Denis sees Diakiese as “a very experienced guy in the UFC, a good name to face,” and the reality he doesn’t have numerous submissions in mixed martial arts, unlike Saint Denis’ near 70-percent submission rate in the sport, makes the match a “bit tricky.”

“He’s very athletic, and against all the strikers he has been facing in the UFC, he has been wrestling,” Saint Denis stated. “You see versus [Viacheslav] Borshchev. When he’s against a striker, he battles. And when he’s against a wrestler, he strikes. He’s a well-rounded guy. His ground [game] is great, however I believe in the grappling department, he’s a much better wrestler than a grappler. But his fumbling is excellent.

“The time period of the fight [five three-minute rounds] is also tricky because a very good wrestler, athletic as he is, can be dangerous decision-wise. That’s the complicated part, because [with] five minutes, usually the guy starts to get tired after three minutes and then you can work your positions a little bit more. Three minutes is very fast.”

Even though Saint Denis is concentrated on climbing up the UFC rankings to one day hold the undeniable belt, he’s not taking this difficulty gently.

“I’m taking this as a way to stay active and to have fun in there, but, of course, I’m a warrior. I’m a competitor,” Saint Danis. “I will be competitive that day. It’s to reconnect and to have fun a lot.”

Asked if he’s open to larger obstacles in the grappling world, such as completing at ADCC, the French skill stated he likes the concept, however just when he’s able to focus one hundred percent on the job.

“I think the ADCC is very serious and I would like to compete in it, but it will be after my MMA career, I do believe,” Saint Denis stated. “It’s a great deal of time financial investment to be extremely competitive. And if I’m doing it, I’m doing it to win all of it. I have the very same state of mind in mixed martial arts. Stuff like this to have a good time in some cases is great, however if you wish to win the ADCC undoubtedly, it suggests you are among the very best grapplers worldwide. You need to invest a great deal of time in it.

“As you can see, even a talented and high-level grappler like Demian Maia had no time to try competing in the ADCC during his MMA career. You have to make choices. You want to be the best MMA fighter or the best grappler? It’s two different things. Even if a lot of skills are common, 50 percent of the work is different, even more than that. It’s different disciplines.”


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