Following is a short exert from the intriguing story published yesterday, see the full article here: combatpress.com/2014/09/efc-africas-francois-groenewald-out-to-finish-demarte-pena/
Seven of Groenewald’s eight professional wins have come by way of submission, which is no surprise with his strong base in jiu-jitsu. Although his record may say otherwise, Groenewald knows all too well that being a well-rounded fighter is vital in being successful in mixed martial arts.
“Pena has a very effective style,” Groenwald admitted. “He likes to wear his opponents out. He’s very fit, and he grinds out the rounds with ground-and-pound and holding his opponents in place. It’s something I’m aware of, and I’ve been working on countering it. I don’t like to grind out three or five rounds. My aim is to go in and finish fights.”
“I definitely think I have the capability of being the first person to finish Pena,” Groenewald exclaimed. “I’m going to go for the finish. I don’t fight for points or to drag the fight out. Some people came close to finishing him—they didn’t in the end—but I’m going to go in for the finish, whether by sub, KO or TKO, whatever. “I always look for a finish, not necessarily the submission, but always a finish. I don’t see a decision fight as a win, even if it was in my favor. I just believe to make the sport exciting and in order to show your true skill, you have to look for the finish and get it.”
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