Based on stylistic matchups, Chris Wade thinks Movlid Khaybulaev had a extra handy street to the PFL finals than he did.
Wade (20-6) picked up three wins over former member of the French nationwide wrestling workforce Anthony Dizy, a fast knockout of Arman Ospanov and a choice over NCAA Division-I wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins.
Khaybulaev (18-0-1) defeated Lazar Stojadinovic, back-to-back match winner Lance Palmer and Brendan Loughnane.
“I think I had one of the toughest roads in the PFL this season, personally,” Wade informed MMA Junkie Radio. “I do know that’s coming from me, so some individuals will say, ‘Of course you’re saying that.’ But I fought Anthony Dizy first, who no one gave credit score. He’s an excellent powerful fighter and a darkish horse and he’s a particularly high-level grappler. His coach is a particularly achieved worldwide wrestler, as properly, so nobody actually is aware of him in America and that was a particularly powerful struggle.
“Then I principally get given Ospanov on brief discover as a result of I solely knew I used to be combating the man for like three or 4 weeks and he got here out of the woodwork, tremendous harmful and knocking everyone out, and I needed to go toe-to-toe with him. Then I comply with that one up with a, ‘Oh yeah, here’s an NCAA champion, four-time All-American and world champion on the junior degree, so now take care of this’ – and in addition extraordinarily athletic (Jenkins). So the three fights I’ve had have been fairly top-notch in my view.
“His road was worked out a little bit more in his benefit. He had Lazar first, who didn’t really have a great season this year – kind of accepted takedowns and let him control the fight. And then Lance – he basically did the same thing as Bubba did to Lance. It’s hard to tell and get a ton out of that fight because you just don’t know how motivated Lance was this season or wasn’t. … And then the last fight, he fought a guy who isn’t a grappler either. He was able to control that fight as well.”
Although an achieved wrestler himself, Wade stunned Jenkins along with his grappling and he plans on doing the identical to Khaybulaev once they sq. off within the featherweight finals of the 2021 PFL Championship on Oct. 27.
“I think he’s probably trying to key in on the fact that I scramble pretty well,” Wade stated. “He’s most likely going to be trying to gradual issues down a bit bit. I’m the collegiate folkstyle wrestler, and people fashion wrestlers sometimes do higher in scrambles and in like wild conditions as a result of we’re used to it. Freestyle is extra like one explosion, get a takedown or get a raise and let the man go. You don’t really want to hold on to them, and that’s what they wrestle internationally. So I believe he’s going to essentially attempt to ensure that he can management my hips and keep management of the spherical that manner.
“I don’t know what’s going through his mind, but I know what I am and I know he’s got to kill me in there. I know no one has been able to do that at ’55, and I’ll be damned if somebody is going to do it to me at ’45 so throw the kitchen sink at me. Let’s go. Bring it. I want that. I want you to open up and swing and give me opportunities, and I’m going to find my mark somewhere.”