EXCLUSIVE | Joe Duarte: Ryan Couture never fought nobody like me | MMA NEWS
Just Scrap Radio Episode 10 guest Joe Duarte is coming off a 5 fight wining streak and now preparing to fight Ryan Couture son of the UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture on July 14 in the Rose Garden at Portland, OR Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy
Joe Duarte describes himself as a family man – proudly having a daughter. The fighter’s day starts with morning conditioning, then he goes back home with his family, afternoon training and topped off with a long run.
“This camp started early prior to getting the contract. I wanted to start this 12 weeks out. I’m in really good shape. I feel good. I’m excited to fight, man."
Q: What do you think about fighting Ryan Couture – Randy’s son the in Portland, OR?
"I haven’t fought since August. I’ve just been working on getting better. Working on a lot of my game. I actually put my gi back on for awhile. I’m trying to get my black belt – I’ve been a brown belt for almost 3 years.
When I found out, since the July card came out I started training. It was either him or Healy and they gave me Ryan – either way I’m excited.
I think he’s very underated. I also think a lot of guys a lot of stars are born because they‘re under dogs that get overlooked and they make names on things like that but I think after his last fight – he came into his own. He proved that he can fight with tough guys and win so I’m excited. I’m not overlooking this guy at all and I look forward to the fight. He’s Randy[Couture]‘s son. I know he’s gonna have a good game plan. I know he’s gonna have good coaching. I know his style greco, more jiu jitsu stuff like that – I’m ready for it."
Q: How do you see this fight playing out?
"I think I have a lot of experience fighting the bigger fights and fighting with more pressure. I’ve been to war – I guess after going through war and stuff like that. I learn to enjoy fighting.
I think people take fighting to personal to a point where they let it affect every aspect of thier life.
Fighting is my job. I feel more relaxed in my last 2 fights than any other fight just becasue I stopped letting fighting take over so much of my life.
When I come home, I’m all about my family, I don’t want to think about it, I don’t watch fighting when I’m not fighting, half the time I’m just looking at the internet to keep up with the fights.
I think this fight I’m gonna be really relaxed and that’s when I’m most dangerous. I’ve been training a lot. My boy KJ Noons has been helping me a lot with learning how to relax before a fight at the end of the day I’m coming home to my family and that’s all that matters.
The way the fight is goin to play out – I expect he’s going to be tough. I’m gonna hit him a couple of times and he’s gonna clinch. We’ve been working on that with some greco and freestyle guys.
I just think he’s never fought nobody like me yet in his carrer with experience that I have and fighting on tv more. I think that’s gonna play a big part in this fight whether it goes the distance or not."
Listen to Jens Pulvers reaction to Joe Duarte’s answers, Joe Duarte’s take on Maynard vs Guida fight, fight strategies, training with Saulo Ribiero and Xande Ribiero, fight mentality and more at Just Scrap Radio Episode 10