And while he’s pleased to have won the ONE FC title, Suzuki is more so happy with how he performed in the fight itself.
“I am proud of myself who fought the entire fight at 100-percent,” Suzuki told MMAWeekly.com. “It is the first time I fight a five-round fight. I pushed the pace and (showed that) my striking will be a problem for everybody.
“I did not give up and tried to kept going forward even I was attacked. I feel some disappoint myself since I got couple chance to knock him out but couldn’t finish the fight, that is my regret, but other than that I am very happy.”
Suzuki’s (11-1-2) first title defense will come against former Bellator titlist “Funky” Ben Askren (13-0) on Aug. 29 in Dubai. It’s a fight that Suzuki hopes will live up to its potential.
“I am looking forward to fighting Askren, who is one of top fighters in the world,” said Suzuki. “I hope he will be in the cage with his best condition and we will see who the better mixed martial artist is.”
It was not only enough for Suzuki to win the ONE FC title, but much like former UFC 170-pound champion Matt Hughes, he feels he must defend his title to truly be called “champion”.
“Being king by defeating the best that come and try to dethrone me is more valuable than winning the title,” said Suzuki. “I will knock (Askren) out and give him my best.
“I Hope fans of knockouts will support me and cheer me on!”