For flyweight Nate Smith, 2020 offered troubles not just for his profession however, for his individual life also.
Due to COVID-19, Smith was just able to enter one spell in 2020, however a loss outside the cage was even more impactful not just for the trouble it offered him, however additionally the inspiration it provided him to move on.
“Last year was extremely difficult, not speaking fighting-wise, but it was more a personal matter,” Smith informed MMAWeekly.com. “A couple of months ago I needed to hide my infant bro, that was killed in Chicago, so I needed to manage that.
“For me, personally, we needed to sit down and just grieve. Dealing with it is one of the hardest things on the planet. (At the same time) me sitting down and not doing anything would piss off my baby brother. He would be mad as crap and ask what the hell I was doing. So it took me some time to heal a little bit, kind of did my own thing, then I was training, pushing, pushing, pushing, getting my head right.”
With all that has took place, Smith goes into his 2021 with a drive to attain the objectives he has laid out for himself his entire profession as much as this factor.
“I’m definitely approaching this (upcoming fight) with a chip on my shoulder,” statedSmith “I made an objective in my profession of winning a globe title which’s what I’m mosting likely to do.
“It’s one of those deals where I have to go in and handle business. The cage is my home, the cage is my home, and in my home I don’t let anyone take anything from me. That right there, that belt, it’s coming home with me.”
This Friday in Park City, Kansas, Smith (6-1) will certainly want to include that title to his return to when he deals with Victor Altamarino (8-1) in the 125-pound champion centerpiece of LFA 100.
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“The key is me going in there and doing what I do best, and that’s dominate and do whatever I can to win the fight,” Smith stated. “Just obtaining after it as well as simply obtaining service done.
“Again, (Altamarino is) coming into my house, and whether he feels like it or not, it’s my home, and there’s nothing he can do about it. I plan on making sure he doesn’t have an answer. He has to figure me out (not the other way around).”
Having obtained on the radar with the UFC on the Contender Series in 2015, an LFA title might rise him back into opinion for taking that following action prior to the year’s end.
“I know I’m on Dana (White’s) radar,” statedSmith “I recognize also because loss (at Contender Series) I made a declaration that I prepare to reach that following degree.
“Criteria- sensible I believe this will certainly assist me a great deal, however I’ll take it one point each time as well as emphasis on the person before me– as well as he’s reached go. “