OKTAGON 50 is just around the corner and there is a lot to look forward to. We will see two title fights, one of which will see Ivan Buchinger and Ronald Paradeiser face off for the second time. The clash of experience and predatory youth looks all kinds of exciting. Especially because of how dedicated the popular Buki is in public.
Probably the most successful Czechoslovakian MMA fighter who has won many world titles. Ivan Buchinger is a huge legend. He has accomplished a lot in his career. In his prime, he was one of the world’s elite. So far, he is the only one to hold two belts in the Oktagon at the same time.
Rony Paradeiser, his younger and talented compatriot, has already tried to step on him once. But he failed then. Especially in the head. He lost to a legend and one of his former idols in the first round. Now he gets a second shot.
This time, Paradeiser is seen as a slight favorite. But it’s hard to know what to expect. It’s not helped by the way Buchinger presents himself publicly. He looked like a hungry wolf when he came to the Oktagon, now he gives a slightly more resigned impression according to the fans.
“I’ve accomplished so much, won so many fights, won all kinds of belts… I don’t think anyone has won as much as I have. If I win now, it’s only going to be one belt plus. I don’t take it anymore that I have to win,” he expressed on Face to Face.
I’m old, but still a big name, Buchinger reports
Ivan Buchinger said on the show where he met Ronny Paradeiser that he too sees Paradeiser as the favourite. So he said the pressure is more on his opponent, not on him. However, that does not mean that he underestimates himself.
“I know where I stand. I’m a big name. An old but big name. I’m nervous, but I don’t go into a fight thinking I have to win. I want to make an attractive fight that people will like. More than winning a title, I want to win,” Buki said.
Incidentally, the former double champ is about to officially have his 50th career fight. Experience is on his side. However, they may not always be the most important thing. As was the case in his fight with Losen Keita.
“Keita made me sh** myself. I went into the fight thinking I was going to lose. The psyche… I knew it. I had it in my head, but I kept fighting it. But then my shoulder got torn in the fight and I couldn’t do anything. It was my nightmare,” admits Buchinger, who hopes nothing like this will happen again with Paradeiser.
Source: Octagon MMA, Face to Face
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