Gonzaga: I have the skills to work back to title shot
Dave Herman fights Gabriel Gonzaga Saturday night at UFC 162. Herman is coming off a submission loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 153 in October. Prior to that fight Herman had made a bold declaration.
“He’s won 20 fights by submission – but we all know BJJ doesn’t work,” said Herman. “It’s useless. Wrestling means you don’t need to worry about jiu-jitsu. I’ve never lost by submission and I am not worried about it at all.”
Gabriel Gonzaga, 34, whose last three wins were all by submission, wouldn’t be upset if Herman said he still doesn’t do BJJ, because he wouldn’t believe it.
“Piss me off? Definitely not,” told MMAjunkie.com Radio. “I know he’s doing that just to be controversial. It’s impossible that Dave Herman doesn’t train jiu-jitsu because he knows the importance. In my opinion, he’s training jiu-jitsu and training how to avoid [submissions]. If you train how to avoid wrestling, you’re training wrestling. If you train how to avoid striking, you’re training striking.”
“Wherever the fight goes, I need to be prepared to be there. I’m trying to bring back a little bit of punching and kicking, but if the fight goes to the ground, I need to be ready to apply my jiu-jitsu.”
“The striking – the knockout – is a good feeling because you’re not expecting it, and one punch can finish the fight. With a submission, you set up the threat. Your movement to get to the position is different. The fans like to see it, but the fans really like to see blood and people falling with the knockouts.”
“Until my body is ready to go, I think [I’ll keep fighting]. I don’t have a date. As long as I still feel healthy to do it, I’m going to do it. My skill level, I definitely do have. You need to have good fights and a good showing for the crowd, like a knockout, and then you go faster to the title shot. If you keep winning the fights and aren’t so exciting, they still hold you back.
“With the skills, I have what it takes to get back there.”