EXCLUSIVE | UFC 164′s Pascal Krauss Talks His Upcoming Fight: “I’m The More Technical Fighter in All Aspects of MMA” | Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio
| The boys over at BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio were gearing us up for this weekend’s UFC 164 event and they invited on one of the hometown Milwaukee fighters, Pascal Krauss. Pascal is from Germany but is currently living in Milwaukee and training at Roufusport with the likes of Anthony Pettis and Erik Koch. Mr. Krauss is 11-1 in his MMA career and is set to take on Hyun Gyu Lim this Saturday, August 31st at UFC 164. He was kind enough to take some time out of his fight week to talk with our boys Denny and Anton at Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio and give all the fans here at BJPenn.com the inside scoop on what to expect heading into this weekend’s fight card. Here are some of the highlights from the interview with Pascal Krauss on BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio:
He was first asked what it was like to be fighting on the same card as some of his teammates from Roufusport. He explained, “It’s actually four guys from Roufusport fighting on this card. Chico Camus, he’s fighting too. He’s a 135er. So it’s him, Erik Koch, Anthony Pettis, and me fighting on the same card. And like you said, it’s kind of crazy having four guys training at the same gym, training at the same time, being on the same event…it’s going to be a lot of fun. 4 and 0 in the 414.”
Krauss was then asked if he was expecting to have a ton of fan support behind him, considering he fights out of Milwaukee. He answered by saying, “I moved out here last November, so I’m not sure if too many Milwaukeeans know me yet, but I make sure they know me after the fight. So it’s a great opportunity to introduce myself to the people over here.”
He was then asked what led him to become a fighter.
“I’m from Germany,” he said. “I always liked fighting growing up.”
“At age 14 I got into boxing,” he continued. “I did a couple boxing fights. Then, my dad was a wrestler in Germany, so I got into that a little later. Then I came to the States for the first time and saw The Ultimate Fighter on TV for the first time, it was the season with Bisping, and I looked at it and thought, ‘damn, that looks like a lot of fun. When I get back home I have to start training the ground stuff, BJJ and all of that, and I will start doing this stuff. That looks more fun than boxing, more fun than straight wrestling, so I want to do this.’ So that’s pretty much what I did.”
Krauss was actually a very accomplished armature boxer in Germany and he knew that if he was going to adapt and become a MMA fighter he was going to have to work on his BJJ. He then went on to explain his roots in jiu-jitsu and what sparked him to take on MMA full time. He explained, “I spent about six or seven weeks in Rio training under Gordo [Correa], with some great guys on the ground, and good MMA fighters too. Rafael Dos Anjos, Antonio Braga Neto, Vitor Belfort stopped by.”
“That’s what really kicked my MMA career off, I would say.”
He then talked about his approach to training for MMA, considering he already has such a solid striking and wrestling background. Krauss continued, “I figure, if you want to be compete in the highest level of MMA, you have to be good in every aspect of the sport, and that’s what I try to accomplish by improving my ground work, improving my wrestling, but also keep working on my striking, my kick. Because boxing is good but MMA boxing is a little different.”
He was then asked to talk about his opponent, Hyun Gyu Lim, and what kind of skills he felt he was going to have to prepare for heading into this fight.
“He’s a big, pretty powerful welterweight,” Krauss said. “He’s 6’2, 6’3, long arms, and he cuts a lot of weight. So I’m sure he has some punching power, he throws good knees too, but I feel like I’m the more technical fighter in all aspects of MMA. I think my striking is more technical, my wrestling is better, and my ground game is better than his. And he gasses after the first round pretty bad. So if I make sure I don’t get hit by any of his big power punches then I’m sure I will get the win.”
Krauss, who has spent most of his life in Germany, was then asked to comment on how big the sport of MMA was in his mother country and how it compared to the US.
“It’s getting bigger,” he explained. “We’re having more good shows, more good athletes, but it’s still far away from boxing and far away from the level we have over here.”
“They don’t realize yet that it’s a great sport and you need a lot of discipline and it takes a lot of hard work to get to that level that we are and get into the octagon.”
Krauss made his first octagon appearance in 2010 but then hit some injury problems that kept him away from competition for almost two years. He was asked what he has changed to make sure he stays healthy and ready to fight in the future.
“Of course, you have to train smart,” he began. But he knows that there is no way to fully protect yourself from injury while training. He continued, “In our sport, its high pace, high intensity…injuries are gonna happen.”
“It was probably just a lot of bad luck,” he said. “It just comes with the sport.”
Pascal was also asked what kind of legacy or mark he would like to leave on the sport when he is all done fighting. He replied, “Making the sport more popular in Germany and showing the people over there that it is a great sport. Maybe it would be a good idea to have a German Ultimate Fighter show on and have me as the head coach, of course.”
“Make it to the title. Win the title. And retire back home in Germany, have a bunch of kids, and maybe a couple wives. That would be my goal for this life,” he laughingly concluded.
Now that his upcoming fight is less than a week away Krauss was asked if he felt his opponent had any advantage over him heading into the bout. He replied, “His biggest advantage is probably his length. He has a reach advantage on me but that’s probably it. Like I said, I’m better technically than him in striking, wrestling, and also on the ground and I just have to make sure he’s not connecting with his big, wild power punches and his knees, and then I’m all good.”
And to end the interview Pascal explained how grateful he is to be in the UFC, fighting on the biggest fight stage in the world. He stated, “I’m really, really grateful to be in this position and fight for a company like this. I will make sure it stays this way.”
From all of us here at BJPenn.com and Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio we would like to thank Pascal for joining the show to talk about his upcoming fight and we all wish him the best of luck in that bout.
UFC 164 goes down this Saturday, August 31st in Milwaukee and live on PPV. Don’t miss this great night of fights.