by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
Most fighters will tell you that a win’s a win. That one could be indistinguishable from another in the grand scheme of things.
That is, however, not always the case.
There are certain instances where a win is more than just another notch in someone’s record column. For instance, a first win is always special, as would be winning a title, and following title defenses; but from some perspectives, there’s nothing quite like coming out of nowhere to topple a giant.
Such is the case for David Baron, a veteran French fighter who built a solid career for himself, but fell short against top caliber opposition, until he knocked off perennial top ranked lightweight/welterweight superstar Hayoto “Mach” Sakurai in May.
“Sakurai is an excellent fighter, so to beat him it means that I can compete at that level,” said Baron of his career setting victory over the Japanese hero.
“(It) reassures me for my upcoming fight and my future.”
Having formerly competed in Pride, Baron’s win over Sakurai has helped propel him into a second chance at the big stages of MMA, this time with the Ultimate Fighting Championship this Saturday in Birmingham, England.
As Baron puts it, it’s the culmination of a career ambition.
“I have succeeded in my goals of competing in the world’s largest events,” he stated.
At UFC 89 Baron will be squaring off against another debuting fighter who is also coming off the biggest win of his career in Jim Miller; who last competed in the International Fight League, defeating promotion standout Bart Palaszewski.
“I think it is a great clash of grapplers,” commented Baron of this Saturday’s fight. “The fans can expect a high-paced fight with lots of action.”
Entering one of the deepest divisions of all MMA, the UFC’s 155-pound weight class, Baron feels he can make an impact and prove his win over Sakurai was not a fluke.
“Without being pretentious – I think I would be among the top five or six lightweights in the UFC,” he stated.
To however lay claim to that assertion, Baron must begin with a first step this Saturday in Birmingham, England against Jim Miller. Then he can find out if truly his win of a lifetime can be even more special by paving the road to future success.
“Thanks for showing interest in my fight and French MMA,” concluded Baron. “I’d like to thank FightSport (Magazine), who have supported me throughout my career and helped me get this fight in the UFC.
“I would also like to thank my sponsors: Venom, Born and Jonstomp.”