Although the confrontation with Oliveira is exciting, it is also a fight involving two fighters who really need a victory. Oliveira has just made three consecutive defeats, and Griffin is well aware of the type of emergency that could arouse in his opponent.
“Oliveira will try to save her contract,” said Griffin. “He’s going to try to chase me, but that’s what I want. I want to get involved. Lots of these guys try to run away from me, try to get out of there and not commit, but it will engage. And then, when I get involved, it will be my show. “
As an opening fight on the main map, Griffin can set the bar for the rest of the night, and this is something Griffin becomes overtly stunned at.
“I will impose payment on him by the session,” he said. “It doesn’t get better. Watching the world, everyone is going to watch, listening, in prime time, I couldn’t ask for a better fight. “
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Overall, Griffin seems to be in a good position before the night of combat. His confidence reaffirmed in his fight and his cardio aside, he said that his work to prepare mentally had him in the right frame of mind.
This mental work includes a lot of meditation, guided on the phone by a coach, a positive and powerful speech and a lot of visualization.
“I have fought hundreds of times, probably so far,” said Griffin. “Everything. So it’s almost like a movie you’ve seen 50 times. You know what’s going to happen.”
Between his renewed confidence, Griffin seems ready to put everything in place on March 7. He gets the greatest chance of his career at Alex Oliveira, and the fight could prove to be a critical point in his career. In Griffin’s mind, however, this is just the start of something special.
“I’m just going to overwhelm these guys,” said Griffin. “I will start on Saturday.”