Having lost two fights in a row for the first time in his career, former Sengoku star Yasubey Enomoto felt a sense of urgency entering last weekend’s M-1 Global event against former promotional middleweight champion Rafal Moks.
“This win was very important for me to shake off my last two losses,” he told MMAWeekly.com. “Although I won, I didn’t like the fact that I was unable to secure a knockout or lock on a submission.”
Throughout much of the fight, Moks was able to take Enomoto down, but was unable to capitalize on the position. Repeatedly, Enomoto suppressed Moks while conversely landing his own damage.
“I was prepared for all situations, but my timing and distance when we were standing up was not good; that’s why he was able to take me down so many times,” said Enomoto.
“On the ground, he was only trying to pass my guard without punching me or go for a submission, that’s why I fought off my back and looked to hit him with shots.”
Enomoto was able to take the split-decision because even though he was on his back more often, he was the one who was controlling the fight.
“I think the judges made the right decision,” said Enomoto. “I inflicted more damage standing up and on the ground, Moks got a couple takedowns and that’s it. He didn’t do anything to keep the fight flowing or to finish the fight.
“I was much more active and aggressive; I was looking for the knockout, submission, or an opportunity to pound him out. So I think I did enough to win the fight, but it does not mean I was happy with my performance overall.”
Having faced a current and former title holder in M-1 Global and given a very good accounting for himself in both fights, Enomoto feels he’s cemented a spot as one of the promotion’s top contenders.
“I think I can fight anybody that M-1 can give me as an opponent,” he said. “I never thought I couldn’t handle what either presented in terms of competition. I think I’m proving I’m for real and look forward to what comes next.”
As for what is next, Enomoto hopes to face Zamil Zavurov once again and come out the victor in the rematch.
“My goal for 2011 is to fight for the M-1 welterweight title again and this time make sure I put it around my waist,” he said. “Also I want to fight the best I can and become one of the sport’s greatest fighters. I want to continue to improve.”
Having shown great persistence both in getting back on track and in the process of doing so, Enomoto continues to prove himself as a fighter to watch in the coming years.
“I’d like to say that I have so much more to offer the fans that I showed in my last two fights,” he concluded. “Thank you for everyone’s support and I can’t wait to return to action and put on great fights.”