We caught up with light heavyweight contender Ilir Latifi ahead of his bout with Corey Anderson at UFC 232. Latifi talked about mixing up his training methods and his friendship with Alexander Gustafsson.
IL: The last fight was a great experience, but you move on. Train and develop, and now is a new fight, so it’s a new focus.
IL: Well, for me, the workouts you do have to be practical in what you do in the fight, but the workouts must be fun too. You have to have variety and change environments, so I like to do a lot of outdoors training and all kinds of outdoor training, so it’s nice.
IL: I’m always trying to evolve my game of fighting and understanding the game, and I think that’s an important factor in the fight game — to find new weapons and new ways to fight. That’s basically what I put my time on.
IL: I’m focused on my fight. I have my routines that I have to do, but of course, we’re a team, and we came here as a team and had a camp together, so of course you pay attention to what’s happening around, but still you have to be focused on your own game.
IL: We have this discussion a lot, and we have a plan for what we’ll do, so if that’s going to be the circumstances, then we’ll solve that. It’s no worries.
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