Road to Venkon Fight Night 2: interview with Gregor Weibel
Switzerland is increasingly becoming a valuable reference for Mixed Martial Arts, producing athletes of the caliber of Volkan Oezdemir. The day after the latter’s challenge for the belt held by Daniel Cormier at UFC 220, another fellow county man of his will be called to defend the Swiss honor at Venkon Fight Night 2: that is Gregor Weibel (12-4 MMA), the Swiss MMA Championship lightweight champion, who will face Valeriu Mircea.
As we’re coming close to the fight, the Swiss athlete has answered MMA Today’s questions.
MMA Today: In 2014 you have reached a stage of European caliber such as Cage Warriors: do you think that a convincing success against Mircea can reopen its doors or those of ACB, if not even those of a UFC European card?
Gregor Weibel: Mircea is a good fighter with a good name, I think a victory against him would certainly bring me forward.
MT: In your career you have 10 victories by submission and on 3 occasions your opponent tapped out. Do you think that is the phase of combat that you will have to make the most of?
GW: Let’s see how the fight will be. I see my chances in other areas as well.
MT: During your career, you have never triumphed outside of Switzerland. Is it just a coincidence or do you think you have had serious difficulties in making the best of your game outside national borders?
GW: I had always strong opponents abroad and have never gone out of the way before a challenge. I do not think that it has anything to do with foreign countries.
MT: You posted a picture on Facebook with Ivan “The Terrible” Musardo: what is your relationship with the Italian-Swiss veteran, Venator FC lightweight champion?
GW: Ivan is a longtime friend, training partner and coach. It is certainly a big advantage for me to have trained for many years with the Italian number one lightweight.
MT: In the last months we have known better the talents expressed by Swiss MMA Championship, the promotion for which you are the lightweight champion, thanks to the appearances of Davide Gregorio La Torre and Davide Baneschi. In addition to yourself and Kenji Bortoluzzi, what other SMMAC athletes and in the Swiss scene would you recommend us to follow carefully?
GW: There are a lot of athletes with great potential. Just to name a few, Benjamin Brander, Michael Boebner, Idris Amizhaev, Urs Ortmann, Gabriel Sabo and Yasubey Enomoto, who helped me with my preparation. At this point I would like to wish another Swiss fighter, Volkan Oezdemir, good luck for his title fight in the UFC.