Jonathan Haggerty promised fans he would return stronger this year after pulling out of a couple of events due to a series of undisclosed health issues, but nobody expected him to mean that literally.
‘The General’ is currently en route to making his highly-anticipated ONE bantamweight debut against Russian striker Vladimir Kuzmin on November 18 at ONE on Prime Video 4.
Although moving from flyweight to bantamweight wasn’t an easy decision, the British standout is eager to test his power against Kuzmin, particularly now that his diet has changed significantly in preparation for this fight.
Speaking to The MMA Superfan, Haggerty explained how he’s enjoying the process a lot more at bantamweight than he did at flyweight:
“The main thing is, really man, I’m a lot happier, socializing a lot more, and yeah, a lot more weight. To get to flyweight, I was eating a lot of fish and mainly just fish. But now, I’m on the steak, I’m on the chicken. I can’t lie, I’m loving it! So we’ll just see how it gets on. I have faith in myself. My team has faith in me. I’m sure we’re gonna go out there and crush it and make a statement. And who knows what’s on the horizon?”
Jonathan Haggerty is expected to make his long-awaited return to the circle in spectacular fashion now that he doesn’t have to worry about his weight. Coupled with his size and strength, Haggerty’s signature power-punches should have that sting he’s always wanted.
Fighting an opponent who is looking to rebound from a split-decision loss at ONE 159 last July indicates that both competitors are going to bring a lot of intensity into their fight. So, it’s definitely going to be worth the watch.
Watch the full interview below:
Jonathan Haggerty happy not to focus on weight but on knocking out Vladimir Kuzmin
Jonathan Haggerty feels a renewed sense of motivation and desire to fight in front of American fans at ONE on Prime Video 4.
All the cancelations leading up to this event must’ve been demoralizing for the 25-year-old phenom, especially after putting in so much work ahead of each new training camp. Fortunately, this time is different.
In the same interview, Jonathan Haggerty said:
“I feel a lot more motivated, you know, not having to think about the weight too much. Obviously, I’ve been eating clean as always, I’m quite a good athlete like that. But it’s just not even to worry about the weight, it’s just all focused on knocking out Vladimir Kuzmin.”