We would like to invite you to read an interview we did with Lukasz Sajewski (8-0) one of the Polish young and up-and-coming fighters, who defeated another Polish prospect Marcin Held (8-1) on Angels of Fire in Plock. Lukasz tells us about how the fight went, about his preparations and about which Polish fighter he’d like to face in the future. Enjoy!
Hi Lukasz, at the beginning I’d like you to answer a few questions about your fight with Marcin on Angels of Fire.
You’ve defeated Marcin Held, who is regarded as the biggest talent in Polish MMA. How do you feel?
I feel very good because Held was considered a favorite in this fight. I was an underdog. I think Marcin thought too much about his fight with “White Bear” (Jean Silva) and he didn’t even think about loosing to me.
The fight was pretty much even, but Marcin’s coach Slawomir Szamota said that it was a good decision. What can you tell us about how the fight went?
I know I dominated in wrestling and fought from the top. Marcin was going for various leg locks but I managed to escape. I had a few tough moments when he almost knee-barred me or heel-hooked.
Were you able to execute your game plan in 100%? Are you happy with your performance or do you think you could have done something better or work harder during your preparations?
The fight didn’t go exactly to my plan, as I didn’t want to fight on the ground. But I really like the takedowns and I don’t know why I decided to plan his game. As for the preparations, 2 weeks before the fight I had a cold and I didn’t train for 5 days. Then I’ve gone nuts as I wanted to compensate for the lost days which lead to overtraining and in the last week I strained my ankle. Probably if it was a regular fight I would have pulled out of it but this was the most important fight of my career so far and I couldn’t afford to lose all that I’ve been working for. I don’t know why but this situation made me feel more relaxed and calm. My mindset was to take whatever happens and strangely enough I didn’t feel any pressure before the fight.
How did you prepare for this fight? Who did you train with?
I prepared as usual in AKADEMIA SARMATIA where Pawel Ziolkowski is the head coach. I trained standup in Dobroslaw Bielecki’s GKSK CORPUS club. I’d like to thank my sparring partners Krzysiek Piechota, Marcin Pionke and Izu Ugonoh.
As we know Andrzej Wronski (two time Olympic champion) is your wrestling coach. How much did training with him improve your wrestling?
I think wrestling is my strongest point. I love wrestling. I think it gives you a lot of strength, agility and dynamics necessary in MMA fights. Training sessions with Andrzej Wronski are not only Greco-Roman wrestling but wrestling adopted to MMA. I’m very happy that I can train with him.
What was the game plan for this fight? It’s not a secret that Marcin is phenomenal on the ground. Did you want to stand with him or maybe take the fight to the ground and try to surprise him there?
As I mentioned earlier I didn’t plan to go to the ground. If the fight ended on the ground my intention was to stand up and punch.
Rest of the interview is available at http://en.grapplerinfo.pl