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UFC Adelaide: Christos Giagos: “I want to go out and make a statement”

Saturday night, lightweight Christos Giagos will return to the octagon at UFC Adelaide for what is most important fight to date.

Currently in his second stint with the promotion, the 28-year-old fighter most likely needs to pick up a victory to keep his UFC career alive.

In his return outing back in September, Giagos took at short notice fight against the always-dangerous submission specialist, Charles Oliveira. While having success early on in the bout, “The Spartan” was eventually submitted in the second round by the BJJ black belt.

“I wish I just did my own thing,” Giagos said in an interview with MMA Today. “It’s easier to say that now that the fight’s over.”

His upcoming matchup is a different beast, says the Black House MMA product. He feels while many of his UFC fights thus far have been tough stylistically, his opponent Mizuto Hirota doesn’t provide those issues.

“With [Hirota], I know he doesn’t really pose a threat on the ground. I know he has heavy hands, but I don’t really see any problems I’m going to have in this fight. I’m just going to fight my fight and do what I do best.

“When I get to fight my fight I usually come out on top. Most of losses are because I just get caught up in a submission because I respect him to much. I like this fight because I get to do me. I just trained regular like I always train and focused on a couple of things. I like this fight.”

Hoping to make a statement Saturday, Giagos wants to go the extra mile and finish the durable Japanese fighter.

“I want to show everybody who I am,” Giagos said. “I got to show it a little bit in the last fight. Everyone had me winning in the first round. Obviously, that’s not enough. I want to make a statement.

“He’s never been finished by TKO or knockout, and I plan on doing so – or even catching him in a submission. He’s very tough. His losses have been mostly decisions except for one where he was submitted. I want to go out and make this statement.”


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Nolan King is a MMA Today senior columnist, writer and renowned MMA insider. Nolan's other freelance work can also be found on FloCombat, Tapology, and MMA Brasil.