NG: There have been changes in the fight card, you were supposed to fight Michael Todd, but you’ll fight Richard Lupkes. What do you think of this change?
ST: Richard Lupkes is a top-class fighter. I think this is a change for the better.
NG: Did you analyze Lupkes’ fights?
ST: I started to alter my preparations, I analyze and think a lot.
NG: How are your preparations going? Are you gaining weight before the fight?
ST: My preparations are going full steam ahead, I weigh 113 kg and plan to increase strength, but I’m not controlling weight.
NG: Who’s your sparring partner nowadays?
ST: It doesn’t matter. I have my adepts, we spar in rotation, their names won’t tell you anything yet.
NG: Tim Bresnan will fight Krasimir Kostadinov. Who do you think will win in this fight?
ST: it all depends on their shape during the fight. If Krasimir can withstand over the top attacks, he will have a chance to win by hooking Tim. Tim has great over the top – he breaks fingers. Krasimir has fast hook. A lot will depend on the ref, on the set-up. I think the odds are 4-2, but for whom – time will tell.
Armfight #44 will take place on 24th October in Las Vegas, on one of the scenes at Fremont Street. There will also be a TV broadcast in CBS Sport Network.