This begs the question, however, will Smolka now fall in love with his hands?
“I’ve always tried to learn,” he says with a laugh. “This is what Hawaii is known for, hands on, so I had to learn. I was the only guy on the floor (in the gym). ”
So is he on the rise as an attacker?
“I really feel like I am.”
With his hands catching up on a stellar floor game that has produced seven submission wins, there is even more reason to be excited when the 28-year-old enters the Octagon. At least, it’s the feeling of his opponent, Kenney, who is certain that when it is time to fight on Saturday, Smolka will be there to get rid of. This kind of respect from an opponent means a lot to Hawaiians.
“It’s like a thing of mutual respect,” he said. “And it’s fun. If he knows that this is what I am talking about, then the fans certainly know that this is what I am talking about, and that is the goal, to entertain the fans. And that is what we are here to do, so that they look forward to my fight, and if my opponent is waiting impatiently, then the fans must certainly be. So it’s a very good feeling to be recognized and to know that the things I’m trying to accomplish are paying off. “
Even in the middle of a pandemic. It’s an impressive feat. So, since Smolka likes chaos and short-term fighting, can we expect to see him in June if a place is available?
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I would be depressed. Sounds like a good idea. “
Smolka may have found her happy place. No question of classing or climbing the ladder, not choosing the right fights to have him in the title race.
“The situation in the world is changing day by day and I take things as they come,” he said. “I am not shaking the boat, I am happy and I will make the most of everything.”
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