After Successful MMA Return, Farkhad Sharipov Jumps Into XFC Title Fight

December 12, 2013
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Farkad SharipovAfter a two-year layoff, featherweight Farkhad “Frank” Sharipov returned to MMA with a second-round TKO stoppage of Stephen Bass at XFC 25 in September.

“It was a good fight,” said Sharipov in retrospect. “I was coming in very confident. I was ready and prepared mentally and physically. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I think I performed pretty well.”

While Sharipov (14-5) may not have been fighting MMA during his time off, he kept busy with training and other combat sports.

“It wasn’t like I took a layoff where I didn’t train; I just couldn’t get an (MMA) fight,” he said. “I was always competing in (traditional) boxing and Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB), so I still had that feeling of competition.

“I was hungry though (to return to MMA) and I knew that I had to perform on a high level to get back on track after a loss (to Fabio Mello in Bellator in 2011).”

Sharipov’s performance against Bass was good enough to earn a featherweight title shot against Deivison Francisco Ribeiro (24-9) at Friday’s XFC 27 in Muskegon, Mich.

Getting the chance to fight is doing nothing short of absolutely motivating Sharipov to win more.

“It’s just pushing me more,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m a hungry dog that wasn’t fed enough and they gave a little bowl, so I’m thirsty.”

When it comes to facing Ribeiro, Sharipov feels the mental aspect of the fight could be more the key to victory than the physical.

“I’ve just got to be mentally strong,” said Sharipov. “I’ve got to give (Ribeiro) no opportunities.

“I’ve got to be smart and not make any mistakes or get too confident because too much confidence kills. Too much confidence makes you perform not as good as you can, so I’ve just got to stay focused and be smart.”

For Sharipov, returning to MMA after an absence was a great thing, but what is even more special is becoming a champion.

“The thing is, it will open opportunities, big doors for me,” he said. “For every fighter, being a world champion should mean a lot, so for me, it means a lot. To be the best of the XFC and hold the title at 145, it’s why we compete.”

After a two-year layoff, featherweight Farkhad “Frank” Sharipov returned to MMA with a second-round TKO stoppage of Stephen Bass at XFC 25 in September.

“It was a good fight,” said Sharipov in retrospect. “I was coming in very confident. I was ready and prepared mentally and physically. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I think I performed pretty well.”

While Sharipov (14-5) may not have been fighting MMA during his time off, he kept busy with training and other combat sports.

“It wasn’t like I took a layoff where I didn’t train; I just couldn’t get an (MMA) fight,” he said. “I was always competing in (traditional) boxing and Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB), so I still had that feeling of competition.

“I was hungry though (to return to MMA) and I knew that I had to perform on a high level to get back on track after a loss (to Fabio Mello in Bellator in 2011).”

Sharipov’s performance against Bass was good enough to earn a featherweight title shot against Deivison Francisco Ribeiro (24-9) at Friday’s XFC 27 in Muskegon, Mich.

Getting the chance to fight is doing nothing short of absolutely motivating Sharipov to win more.

“It’s just pushing me more,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m a hungry dog that wasn’t fed enough and they gave a little bowl, so I’m thirsty.”

When it comes to facing Ribeiro, Sharipov feels the mental aspect of the fight could be more the key to victory than the physical.

“I’ve just got to be mentally strong,” said Sharipov. “I’ve got to give (Ribeiro) no opportunities.

“I’ve got to be smart and not make any mistakes or get too confident because too much confidence kills. Too much confidence makes you perform not as good as you can, so I’ve just got to stay focused and be smart.”

For Sharipov, returning to MMA after an absence was a great thing, but what is even more special is becoming a champion.

“The thing is, it will open opportunities, big doors for me,” he said. “For every fighter, being a world champion should mean a lot, so for me, it means a lot. To be the best of the XFC and hold the title at 145, it’s why we compete.”

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