Krzysztof Jotko: "My hard work will pay off in the Octagon on April 20th in Saint Petersburg"
A week and days left before UFC’s second tournament in Russia, this time, in the beautiful City of Saint Petersburg. UFC Saint Petersburg or UFC on ESPN 7+ is stacked with exciting matchups, and one of them is a middleweight scrap between self-declared Krzysztof Jotko and UFC newcomer Alen Amedovski. This bout is to kick the main card of the upcoming UFC Russia tournament.
On the eve of a tournament, Harcord contacted Poland’s Krzysztof Jotko (19-4) to ask about his training camp, the reason for prolonged layoff in his career and how he is going to deal with Macedonian UFC newcomer Alen Amedovski on April 20th.
“It’s been a while since my last performance. I had a difficult time in my career and also in my private life but it’s all behind me and I am ready to return the Octagon on April 20th,” - Jotko told Harcord. “Training camp for this fight lasted very long; from the beginning of this year, I was a month in Thailand and after I returned to Florida for 8 weeks of preparation before the fight. I feel great without any injuries and I’m in shape as never been before. My hard work will pay off in the Octagon on April 20th in Saint Petersburg,”
Initially, Poland’s stand-up fighting expert had to take part at UFC’s debut in the Russian market in Moscow last September but the 29-years-old withdrew because of an unexpected injury. Jotko explained details of that injury as follows:
“I had to perform at UFC Russia [in September] but suffered a serious injury. Unfortunately, I broke the ACL ligaments in my right knee. It required 6 months of rehabilitation. This period was a very difficult time for me but I went through and feel much stronger physically and mentally, I trained a lot in the gym so I improved my strength, rested mentally and I can not wait to return to the Octagon,”
Krzysztof Jotko was preparing for Russian UFC newcomer Roman Kopylov, however, the latest got an injury last month. Alen Amedovski, another UFC newcomer but from Macedonia, stepped in and replaced Russia’s unbeaten athlete. Poland’s middleweight told what he made of it when he found out that he had to prepare for another athlete and also gave his thoughts about Alen as a fighter. Macedonian so far has a record of 8 victories (8 KOs) with 0 losses.
“I was preparing for Roman Kopylov and he is a completely different fighter than Alen Amedowski but now it makes no difference for me. I just wanna step to the Octagon, feel it all again, throw punches, kick and of course win this fight.
You can share fighters on how they are dangerous, technically good or all together. And Alan [Amedovksi] is very dangerous but not cross-sectional fighter. He has very good boxing skills and that’s all. I think I am a more complete and more experienced fighter and now I focus only on myself.”
Recall that UFC on ESPN +7 takes place on April 20th and its main event to serve a heavyweight bout between submission-machine Alexey Oleynik versus Netherland‘s striking expert, former UFC title challenger Alistair Overeem.