Drakkar Klose was originally supposed to fight Beneil Dariush at UFC Sacramento in July. Dariush had to pull out of the bout during fight week and it left Klose with no opponent. For him, it was disappointing not being able to compete.
“It kind of sucked. Beneil was a great matchup for me to get in the Top 15. It was an emotional rollercoaster for me as they gave me some names and I was like, ‘Fine, I’ll fight them,’” Klose said to Sherdog.com. “They couldn’t get cleared so I didn’t have a fight. It is a blessing that I didn’t fight because my emotions were going up and down so much.”
Klose will square off against Christos Giagos at UFC 241 in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday. Klose says the booking is a step in the wrong direction as even if he wins it won’t result in a UFC ranking or a future fight with a ranked opponent. However, he is still prepare to make short work of Giagos.
“This is a fight going backwards. This is a step back for me. Anyone can win a fight so I’m still taking it as if he is the No. 1 fighter in the world,” he explained. “I’m going to go out there and finish him. He won’t be able to handle my pressure and I’ll finish him.”
Klose is confident he can impose his will on the feet.
“I’m going to go in there and strike with them. Everyone says I fight knockout artists but they barely hit me all the time. I can strike with the best,” he concluded. "I try not to wrestle too much. This will be another opponent that I do the same thing to.”