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Piotr Hallmann uoči UFC debija : "Volio bih upoznati GSP-a, ponizan je unatoč uspjehu i to mi se sviđa"

26.07.2013
Piotr Hallmann uoči UFC debija : "Volio bih upoznati GSP-a, ponizan je unatoč uspjehu i to mi se sviđa"


Brazilski UFC event koji se održava početkom rujna jednom će Poljaku predstavljati priliku karijere i ostvarenje snova. Vlasnik WFC-ove titule lake kategorije, Piotr Hallmann (13-1), tada odrađuje debi u promociji kojoj teži gotovo svaki mladi i izazova željni MMA gladijator, a čelnike će nastojati impresionirati protiv suparnika iza kojeg će stajati praktički cijela dvorana.

Uoči okršaja s Brazilcem Franciscom "Massaranduba" Trinaldom popričali smo Piotrom kako bi dobili bolju sliku o njegovim dojmovima uoči nastupa pod najsjajnijim reflektorima u slobodnoj borbi.

"Moj tim i ja radili smo na prelasku u UFC već neko vrijeme. Menadžment je bio u kontaktu s njima već godinu dana. Kada sam saznao za prelazak osjetio sam olakšanje i sreću. Radim u poljskoj mornarici i teško je kombinirati posao i trening, zbog toga sam se pitao dokle ću moći ovako ako ne pređem uskoro u UFC. Srećom, san se ispunio. Borba s najboljima, na najvećoj pozornici uvijek je bio moj ultimativni cilj," otkrio nam je Hallmann.

Koliko im je bila važna činjenica da si prvak u drugoj organizaciji?

"Mislim da su definitivno obratili pozornost na to jer vole dovoditi šampione iz manjih organizacija. No još je važniji nivo protivnika protiv kojih si nastupao. Mislim da mi je nastup u WFC-u definitivno puno pomogao. Organizacija me odlično promovirala i odradio sam dobru borbu s Vasom Bakočevićem."

Tko je sve sudjelovao u pregovorima?

"Menadžment Control Master se brine o tome, a moj je posao da naporno treniram i prebijam ljude u kavezu."

Zlatko Mahič je sretan zbog tebe, poželio ti je sve najbolje. Kakav je vaš odnos?

"Imamo dobar odnos. Dao mi je priliku za titulu iako nisam ondje nastupio ranije. To je bila velika stvar i zahvalan sam mu na tome. Nikad nisam imao priliku obraniti pojas no vjerujem da će uskoro okruniti novog i dostojnog šampiona."

Jesi li zadovoljan količinom novca koju ćeš dobivati?

"Jesam."

Hoćeš li biti potpuno spreman za UFC debi, boriš se već početkom rujna.

"Uvijek treniram dvaput dnevno, samo moram podići intenzitet i skinuti kilograme na vrijeme. Očekujem vrhunsku formu!"

Znaš li u kojem se dijelu fight carda boriš?

"Ne, no ono što znam je to da je Massaranduba vrlo uzbudljiv borac kojem je do sada išlo dobro. Dobio je tri puta a izgubio samo jednom, stoga me ne bi iznenadilo i da me stave na glavni dio programa.

On je dobar na svim poljima i ljubitelj je brazilske publike zbog svoje osobnosti. Voli izmjenjivati udarce no dobar je i u parteru, pogotovo u ground and poundu iz top pozicije. Također ima velik arsenal gušenja. Morat ću biti bolji od njega na svim poljima. Nadtrajat ću ga i dobiti odlukom sudaca ili kasnim prekidom."

Razmišljaš li o spuštanju u perolaku kategoriju?

"Hodam s 84 kilograma pa mi spuštanje u perolaku nije u skorijim planovima."

S kim ćeš trenirati za ovu borbu?

"Nema smisla išta mijenjati jer se borba održava za šest tjedana, a ovaj način me je služio do sada. Pripremam se u timu Mighty Bulls Gdynia pod trenerom Grzegorzom Jakubowskim. Imam sjajne trening partnere, Lukasz Sajewski, Oskar Piechota, Kacper Karski i Marcin Gulas. Pomoći će mi i prijatelji iz drugih klubova, Rafal Moks i Aslambek Saidov. Oni i moj budući protivnik imaju slične stilove.

Osjećaš li veliki pritisak?

"Ne. Znam da nisam favorit, on je već nastupio u UFC-u, dolazim na njegov teren, ja nemam što izgubiti a mogu dobiti sve."

Na koje bi face volio naletjeti u UFC-u?

"Volio bih upoznati GSP-a, on je uzoran sportaš i ostao je ponizan i skroman iako je vrlo uspješan. To mi se sviđa."

Koji je tvoj najveći trijumf sada?

"Rekao bih da je to pobjeda nad Juha-Pekka Vainikainenom. Bio je duplo iskusniji od mene i već je dobio tri UFC veterana, Briana Geraghtyja, Stevea Lopeza i Kylea Watsona. Bio je to dobar izazov pošto je poznat po solidnim udaračkim sposobnostima i opasnoj submission igri. On je jednini borac koji me je u profesionalnoj karijeri uspio odvesti do posljednjeg zvona."

S kojom ćeš muzikom koračati prema oktogonu?

"Ne znam još, obično ulaznim s muzikom Slipknota, no ne znam bi li se to svidjelo Dani."

Što će američki fanovi pamtiti kod tebe nakon ove borbe?

"Želim da me zapamte kao kompletnog borca koji naporno radi u oktogonu i uvijek gleda kako napraviti štetu i dovršiti meč."


Želimo puno streće talentiranom 25-godišnjaku, koji je svoju zrelost i sabranost pokazao u mnogim nastupima, pa i onom protiv Ivice Truščeka.



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Polish lightweight star and former WFC champion, Piotr Hallmann, talks his upcoming UFC (Fighti Night 28) debut against Francisco Trinaldo.

You sign with the UFC, please tell us how all of this came to be.

"My team and I have been working on this for quite a while now. My management has been in contact with them for close to a year. When I found out it was a big relief and joy. My day job is in the Polish navy and it is very hard to balance work and training for fighting and I was asking myself how long I can still go on if I don’t enter the UFC soon. Fortunately my dream came true now. Ive been working hard for this for the past year or so. Fighting the best in the world on the biggest stage has always been my ultimate goal."

In this transfer, how important was the fact that you had a belt in other organisation?

"I think that the UFC is definitely paying attention to this if you have been a champion in a smaller organization. They like to collect all the champions from the minor leagues. More important than that is the level of competition you have faced. You should always be looking to fight the strongest opponents possible if you want to make it to the UFC. Having the ability to fight on WFC definitely helped me a lot. WFC promoted me well and I had a good fight with Vaso Bakočević."

Zlatko Mahič told us he is really happy for you. What is your relationship like?

"We have a good relationship. He gave me the chance to fight for his title even though I had never competed for WFC before. That was a big credit of trust he gave me and Im thankful for that. Unfortunately I never got to defend the belt, but Im sure they will crown a worthy new champion soon!"

Who exactly worked on this deal?

"My management Control Master takes care of the business side of things. My job is to train hard and beat people up in the cage."

Are you happy with the deal in terms of the amount of money your are receiving?

"Yes."

Will you be completely ready for your UFC debut, you dont have that much time to prepare.

"I am always training twice a day, so I just have to raise the level of intensity and get my weight down in time. I expect to be in top form for my debut!"

Do you expect to fight on the undercard for your first fight?

"I dont know as the card is not finalized yet. What I do know is that Massaranduba is a very exciting fighter who has been doing really well in the UFC so far, winning three of his four fights there, so it would not surprise me either if we made it to the main card.

My opponent is very well-rounded and much loved by the fans in Brazil for his personality. He likes to stand and trade, but he is also very good on the ground, especially with ground-and pound from top position and with his large arsenal of choke submissions. I will have to be better than him wherever the fight goes if I want to win. I see myself outlasting him and taking a decision or getting a late stoppage."

Will you continue to fight at lightweight and can we expect a drop to featherweight?

"I walk around at 84 kg, so drop to featherweight is will not be in my plans anytime soon."

Where will you train for this fight and with who?

"Since its just six weeks to prepare, there is no use in changing anything that has worked well for me so far. I will prepare with my home team Mighty Bulls Gdynia under head coach Grzegorz Jakubowski. I have excellent training partners there like Lukasz Sajewski, Oskar Piechota, Kacper Karski and Marcin Gulas. We will also bring in friends from other clubs like Rafal Moks and Aslambek Saidov, they have similar style to Massaranduba, this will help me prepare."

Looking at all of this, do you feel big pressure in any way?

"No. I know that I am the underdog this time. He already had four fights in the Octagon and I’m coming to his home country to fight him. I have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain."

Who would you like to run into, which UFC star would you like to meet and why?

"Id like to meet Georges St. Pierre. Hes a model athlete and has remained humble and modest, even with the huge success he had enjoyed. I like that."

What was the biggest victory in your career so far?

"I would say the win over Juha-Pekka Vainikainen. He had twice as much experience than me and had already beaten three UFC veterans in Brian Geraghty, Steve Lopez and Kyle Watson. He presented a very difficult challenge as he is known for his solid striking and dangerous submission game. He was the only opponent who was able to take me the distance in my pro career."

What will be your entrance music?

"I dont know yet. I usually walk out to Slipknot, but I dont know if Dana likes that."

When American fans meet you, what will stay in their memory after your fight ends?

"I want them to remember me as a hard worker and a well-rounded fighter that is active inside the Octagon and always looking to do damage and finish the fight."

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