Reuben Beresford returns to action this Saturday at UKFC and believes a win in the four-man welterweight tournament will cement him as the No.1 welterweight in the country.
Beresford stands at (4-3) in his career thus far, but currently finds himself riding a two-fight skid. However, it’s worth noting that all four of Beresford’s victories have come in the first round.
Eager to get back to winning ways, we had the pleasure of speaking with Reuben Beresford ahead of fight night. Read the full interview below.
Interview With Reuben Beresford
Fight week once again, Reuben, and an exciting one at that. How are you feeling physically and mentally just five days out from go time?
I am feeling good, man. I can’t wait to get out there. The weight is good, and the body is feeling well. At this point, it’s just a waiting game till we go out and perform.
Saturday night at UKFC, you’ll feature in a Welterweight Gran Prix. How did this come about for you, and what were your initial thoughts on the tournament?
Jason messaged me about it, and it was when I struggled to get matched, so I knew that with this, it’s two guaranteed fights. Also, I always thought these tournaments would be cool to do. So there was no hesitation.
Have you adjusted anything in your preparation with you potentially having two fights on the night?
I feel the main thing is just making sure the conditioning is there. With the two fights, there’s a lot of emphasis on making sure you are ready for two fights, and you can go full blast for two fights.
Reuben Beresford Talks Four-man Tournament
What excites you about competing in a four-man tournament where the winner will be announced on the night?
I said this in a few interviews, I believe the winner of this tournament is the no.1 welterweight in the UK, so for me winning this puts me as the No.1 guy in the country.
What are your thoughts on the fellow competitors you’ll potentially face in the tournament?
UKFC has done a good job of getting the best guys for this tournament. I think everyone in this tournament is up there in UK MMA as a top guy. I am happy with the level of competition and the skill level that’s on display.
Does the approach when inside the cage change at all, with you having two fights? Do you preserve your energy in the first bout but risk not being at your best? Or go hard from the get-go to get your first opponent out of there? How do you work around that?
I don’t think my approach will change much. It’s about fighting my fight and making the smart approach based on my opponents. Saying that tho, I am prepared for all possibilities, whether it’s a firefight from the start or it’s a grinding fight.
Dropping your last two fights, how much does that affect the confidence levels, or does it motivate you to come back with a bang?
It really hasn’t affected my confidence. I feel like those two losses were a blessing in disguise. I re-found myself, so going to come out there and showcase the ‘old Reuben’. Look forward to going out there a showcasing what I am really capable of on the night.
Hassan Hassain is the first opponent standing in your way. What are your thoughts on your opening matchup? How do you feel you match up with each other?
Hassan’s a good matchup. I have trained with him on a few occasions, so I know what skills he brings. It’s going to be a fight, so I look forward to going out there and showcasing my skills on the night.
Lastly, what does Reuben Beresford bring to the welterweight Grand Prix on Saturday night?
The fans can always expect an exciting, fast-paced fight with me, and I am looking forward to putting on a show for Preston. Beautiful violence will be on display.
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