Time is the most important element for Lumumba Sayers in his Strikeforce return this Friday at Strikeforce Challengers 20 in Las Vegas at The Palms. He feels that the addition of it will make his second outing with the promotion different than his first when he lost to Derek Brunson in July.
“The last fight, I didn’t have a full camp, so my cardio wasn’t up to par,” said Sayers. “This time I had a full camp in and this time I studied my opponent, so I pretty much know what he is going to try to come at me with.
“I’ve basically got to go out there and stick to my game plan and stick to everything we worked on in this camp.”
If anything, it’s more so excitement than pressure that Sayers is feeling in his first opportunity to headline a card on Showtime.
“It feels real good to get some national exposure,” he said. “I’ve been fighting a long time, and to make it to this level is a big accomplishment. I feel blessed. God has put me in a position to where I can change my life and my family’s lives.
“Every time I go into a fight I always want to succeed and give 100 percent. Being on TV and being able to represent my family, God, and my hometown is a pretty big step, and I feel like I’m ready for it.”
Opposing Sayers is veteran Antwain Britt, who will be making his middleweight debut Friday night.
“I admire the kid from coming all the way from 300 pounds to 185 pounds, that’s a pretty good accomplishment,” said Sayers. “He’s got heavy hands, like me. He fights hard, and I fight hard. I’m going to go out there and give it 100 percent and just go out there and try to end this fight.”
While Britt has been willing to get into exchanges in the past, don’t expect it to be an all-out war on the feet, according to Sayers, “I don’t think it’s going to be a slugfest. If it is, I’m ready for it.”
Sayers has done well enough to prove himself on a local level to have gotten a shot in Strikeforce. And now with the added time to prepare, he’s eager to put himself firmly on the national map.
“My hometown has gotten to know what I can do. I’ve knocked people out and I’ve submitted people, and now I want the rest of the world to see what I’m working with,” he told MMAWeekly.com.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to impress enough people that I’ll just be able to move on from here and either get on the main card and fight some bigger names out there, and just continue to move up the charts with this fight.”