“It shows people that it is possible,” said current UFC welterweight Tristan Connelly, another member of the Vancouver Checkmat team who has fought under the Battlefield banner in the past and has cornered. countless athletes at BFL events over the years. “I didn’t see anyone coming and going. All the people I thought would be successful when I started, they all stopped fighting, and I was the last person I thought would be successful.
“Watching them see us come up and see it paid off – the motivation level of all my guys over the past year and a half has been huge,” continued the 35-year-old veteran, who took a unanimous decision victory over Michel Pereira. during his hometown debut on short notice the last time the UFC landed in Vancouver. “They’ve all been a lot more engaged, more motivated because they can see that if they stick to this path, it’s possible and not overdone.”
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Not only has Estremadura been able to watch fighters he competed with early in his career, such as Matt Dwyer and Jeremy Kennedy, rose through the ranks, won BFL titles, and continued to compete at the highest level in the sport, but he has also lucked out. enough to train with Connelly and Smith, and gauge through them how he compares to some of the UFC athletes his teammates spent time on the mat with during their training at the Performance Institute in Las Vegas.
“When you’re out there you’re on your own, but it’s really a team sport when you look behind the scenes and see what’s going on,” said Estremadura, who wears a 6-0 record in his hat. fourth title defense on Friday. “Tristan and Cole are older than me, they have a little more experience, and I think it was right for them to move on and get there first, and for me it just made me believe in the process and what the team is doing, move forward together.
“(Training with them) has given me a lot of confidence and understanding about my place on the world stage, especially with Tristan and Cole coming up to compete in the UFC,” he said. -he adds. “(They) train at UFC PI, go with some fighters, come back and tell me these guys don’t have much on me, and that gives me a lot of confidence.