For heavy weight Josh Copeland, getting himself a spot in this year’s Professional Fighters League million buck was a contrast in conflicts with the two successes he found in the playoffs last October.
Observing a decision conquer Francimar Barroso at the quarter finals, Copeland managed to over come a potentially fight-ending cut to pick up a hit victory over Alex Nicholson from the semifinals.
“I might have gotten off the cage (in the second), but I wished to conserve power and didn’t even want to get the extra danger of getting caught if there was separation.
“It’d always been a while since I’d a knock out like that. Every struggle I was thinking if it was it this moment. Being a heavy-weight you’re Thank for a knock out hopefully one from every four or five struggles. It’d definitely been a while for mepersonally, so I was quite happy it happened when it did (against Nicholson). ”
Copeland is grateful for the simple fact he was able to avoid a potentially fight-ending cut in his first departure and was able to own some thing like this happen in the semis where he managed to finish the struggle.
“Any struggle just like this you have multiple factors that could take you from a struggle,” said Copeland. “In case you’d have switched the fights round and I’d have gotten this cut over my head in the very first one (I lasted versus (Nicholson) I wouldn’t’ve now been able to fight in the second one. ”
At the PFL 2018: Ran on December 31 in New York City, New York, Copeland (18-5-1) will look to make a heavy weight tournament and a thousand dollars when he faces off against Phillipe Lins (13-3) in the season finals.
“He’SA black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, rather than just this but he likes to throw too. He’s got the reach advantage and has got quick hands.
“For me personally, what I feel I need to do in order to win is be sensible and use my footwork and timing and decide to make an effort to draw him out and capitalize. I understand I’ll be the larger fighter, so I hope it’ll let him feel my weight and presence once I return. The overall game program is to put up him, time himand finally get the match. ”
For Copeland the name and money are nice, however it’s the opportunity to compete he relishes. Therefore while he’s focused on the finals and Lins, ” he ’s looking forward to next season and replicating as the PFL’s heavy weight champion.
“The money will be fine and will open up different doorways and that, however to me personally only being a rival, I Want to compete and examine myself
Being completely neutral, in all different places I’ve foughtthe PFL has made me feel at home. It’s something I anticipate being a part of the next year. ”