Flyweight Louis Smolka returns to the octagon at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 24 event looking to break the first skid of his career.
Standing between Smolka (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and much-needed recovery is “The Ultimate Fighter 24” winner Tim Elliott (13-7-1 MMA, 2-5 UFC), whose title battle with champ Demetrious Johnson, while unsuccessful, was widely considered a good showcase of heart and of his dangerous, unorthodox striking style.
Asked whether his opponent’s unpredictable ways are worrying, or welcome, Smolka offered a rather unique response.
“It is kind of scary because it is really unpredictable,” Smolka told MMAjunkie Radio ahead of the FOX-televised preliminary-card scrap at Sprint Center, in Kansas City, Mo. “But at the same time, it kind of makes it fun. It makes your butthole tight. You’re like, ‘Oh, (expletive).’”
This remark, of course, couldn’t possibly go unaddressed. Asked to elaborate on what exactly he meant by that, Smolka explained that the tightening of the butthole actually stands for a positive emotion he experiences mostly during the early exchanges of a scrap.
“It’s scary, dude,” Smolka said. “It puckers up your butthole. It gives you a nice little adrenaline rush. I feel like that’s what we live for, you know? Like one of my favorite things is when you’re in the pocket, and you’re exchanging, and a guy throws a punch, and it whizzes right by your face, and you’re really scared.
“You could be like, ‘Oh, man, two inches to the right, and that could’ve knocked me out.’ That’s one of my favorite things, like, ‘Oh, I barely got out of the way of that.’”
It was with the same candidness that Smolka addressed the delicate octagon situation in which he, once a rising contender, currently finds himself. After a quick submission loss to short-notice replacement Brandon Moreno snapped a four-fight winning streak, Ray Borg brought Smolka his second consecutive loss.
When he steps on the octagon set up in Kansas City, against Missouri’s own Elliot, Smolka will also have the crowd to go up against. But the added fuel needed to venture into enemy territory is not needed for a fighter who’s got plenty of motivation already.
“I was going to bring my A game against Elliot anyway after that last fight,” Smolka said. “I was going to bring my A game no matter what. I was going to try my best to get this W. I need it, too. I lost freaking two in a row. This sucks. I need a win, already. What the hell?”
In fact, Smolka expects to get some love after all is said and done.
“Kansas City, I know you guys probably aren’t going to love me before this fight,” Smolka said. “But you’re going to love me afterward, because I’m going to do my best to make this an amazing fight.” – MMAJunkie.com