There’s no doubt that Yasubey Enomoto was one of 2010’s breakout stars.

Starting off the year by defeating longtime Japanese superstar Sanae Kikuta, followed up by a run to the finals of SRC’s welterweight tournament, Enomoto proved quickly he was someone to watch.

Still, with his success came disappointment in the form of a loss to Keita Nakamura in the welterweight tournament finals at SRC’s Soul of Fight year end show.

“I was very disappointed with the loss against Nakamura,” Enomoto told MMAWeekly.com. “It was an extremely important fight to me and losing was no fun at all. But this is the business we are in, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

“Not to make excuses though, I had a lot of personal problems going on in my life and I took these into the fight. I wasn’t in the fight mentally and that is not how I set myself up for success.”

Having achieved a great level of success in Japan, Enomoto is upset by the recent happenings in the country with the natural disasters and the apparent demise of SRC.

“It makes me very sad what happened in Japan with the earthquake/tsunami and nuclear reactors,” he stated. “This is such a big tragedy and people around the globe should try to help Japan in any way possible (donations, time, resources, etc.).

“I was happy with Sengoku and it was like a fist in my face when I heard the news about Donki not sponsoring them anymore. But this is my job and I have moved past what has happened. I’m excited to start a new chapter in my career with M-1.”

As Enomoto pointed out, he is now being given a great opportunity by M-1 Global, as he replaces injured Rashid Magomedov against Shamil Zavurov for the promotion’s welterweight championship on April 28 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“The fight against Zavurov came on very short notice, but on the other side I was already in training because I wanted to be always ready to fight,” said Enomoto of being a late replacement.

“This is my job and I am always in shape. For example, after my loss in Japan on the New Year’s SRC show, two days later I went to Thailand to train in Tiger Muay Thai straight away – training for one month, six hours a day. I hate nothing more than to do nothing.”

Enomoto feels that he has to be mindful of Zavurov’s complete game if he’s going to have a chance to take the title in Russia.

“Zavurov is an awesome fighter with a very good record,” commented Enomoto. “With any opponent, there are some points of his game which are not that strong. I am preparing for any situation that could arise and this is an exciting fight for me.”

While winning the welterweight title is the most important goal for Enomoto, he also wants to impress the fans in attendance and gain their respect as well.

“I always wanted to fight in Russia since I cornered once my brother and mentor Felipe at an MMA show in Rostov,” he said. “The Russian crowd was awesome; they are very fair and correct. They appreciate sportsmanship and entertaining fights, and that is what I want as a fighter, to get respect from the fans.”

Having had a breakthrough year in 2010 followed by disappointment, Enomoto is determined to rebound in 2011 and achieve his highest point to date.

“Thank you for the interview; it was a pleasure for me to do,” Enomoto closed out. “Like I said before, I can’t wait to fight in front of the Russian fans and put on a great and entertaining fight.

“Maybe I’ll even have some start to cheer for me and support me in future fights; that would be awesome!”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

For Andre Harrison, Cody Bollinger at Titan FC 33 Equals a Golden Opportunity

  • 8 days ago
  • 0 views

Andre Harrison intends to bull over Cody Bollinger at Titan FC 33 on Friday, putting his undefeated record in the national spotlight. read news >>

DraftKings $20,000 UFC Rio One-Day Fantasy MMA Contest

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 views

DraftKings is offering MMAWeekly.com readers an opportunity to win a share of $20,000 by picking a fantasy MMA team for Saturday's UFC Fight Night 62 event. read news >>

Andre Fili expecting 'Fight of the Night' money at UFC Fight Night 62

  • 7 days ago
  • 1 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – Andre Fili admits he wasn’t initially excited about returning to Brazil for a second straight fight. But after some initial hesitation, he realized there were about 50,000 reasons th read news >>

DraftKings $25,000 UFC 185 Fantasy MMA Contest | MMAWeekly.com

  • 15 days ago
  • 5 views

DraftKings is offering MMAWeekly.com readers a great opportunity to win a share of $25,000 by picking a fantasy MMA team for UFC 185 this week. read news >>

Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Watch live stream online of kickoff press conference today

  • 15 days ago
  • 3 views

Time to start getting excited for Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. The kickoff press conference is today at 4:30 - watch it live right here at Bloody Elbow. Not sure if you have heard this yet, b read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk can see Carla Esparza is 'a little bit afraid' ahead of UFC 185

  • 16 days ago
  • 7 views

Joanna Jedrzejczyk will have the opportunity to pick up her third win in three trips to the UFC octagon when she faces Carla Esparza at UFC 185. But she also has the opportunity to become the women’s read news >>

Rafael dos Anjos: Steady Progress Leads to Championship Opportunity at UFC 185

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 views

Fighter finding their groove fall into a special category where all intangible attributes are locked away. Alongside other immeasurable qualities like momentum and determination, fighters coming into read news >>

Andre Tieva Sees RFA 24 as Opportunity to Burst Through Some Doors | MMAWeekly.com

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

Undefeated bantamweight Andre "Diva" Tieva knows he's on the cusp of something big, and he plans to take full advantage at RFA 24 on Friday night. read news >>

Ana Julaton Eyeing World Titles in Both Boxing and MMA This Year

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

Already a world-champion boxer, Ana Julaton is eyeing the opportunity not only for another boxing championship in 2015, but also a shot at a ONE FC belt. read news >>