LAS VEGAS – In the lead-up to their highly anticipated clash at Saturday’s Noche UFC main card in Las Vegas, Christos Giagos had a few words to share about his opponent, the promising Daniel Zellhuber. Giagos, a seasoned fighter with a record of 20-10 in the MMA world, believes that despite Zellhuber’s undeniable talent, there’s still ample room for improvement.
Zellhuber, at just 24 years of age, has already notched two appearances in the UFC octagon, courtesy of his impressive showing on Dana White’s Contender Series. But according to Giagos, youth and raw talent alone won’t be enough to secure victory in this upcoming bout. Giagos, known for his versatility and well-rounded skill set, is confident that he holds the edge in multiple aspects of the game.
“I think he’s very talented,” Giagos remarked during Wednesday’s media day, emphasizing Zellhuber’s potential. “He’s young and there’s a lot of room for improvement, but I think I match up really well with him because I’m well-rounded. I’m good everywhere.”
Giagos’ self-assuredness extends across the entire spectrum of the fight. Whether it’s striking, grappling, or wrestling, he believes he has the upper hand. “I feel like anywhere the fight goes, I’d have the advantage. I feel like I’m the stronger puncher, my ground game is going to be better, my wrestling is going to be better. I think it’s going to be a great matchup.”
But what sets Giagos apart from many fighters is his extensive experience in the octagon. Having enjoyed two separate stints in the UFC and squared off against formidable opponents like former champion Charles Oliveira and top contender Arman Tsarukyan, Giagos understands that his years in the sport have translated into a significant advantage.
“I think it’s very important,” Giagos acknowledged, highlighting the significance of his experience. “I think it gives me a huge advantage. I’ve been in there with the best in the world, literally. I’ve made my mistakes, I’ve grown from them, I’ve learned from them.”
Giagos firmly believes that his past experiences inside the cage have honed his fight IQ. “It makes me a little smarter in the cage because I’ve made those mistakes, so I know how to capitalize [on] not making them again. I’ve learned from my past, so I think it gives me a huge advantage.”
As the countdown to their showdown continues, Giagos’ words serve as a testament to his confidence and his belief that his extensive journey through the MMA world will be the key to victory on fight night. Will Zellhuber’s potential be enough to overcome Giagos’ experience and well-rounded skills? Fight fans will soon find out in what promises to be an electrifying matchup at Noche UFC.