Chris Wade can’t afford ‘dragged-out’ battle with Ryoji Kudo at 2023 PFL 4: ‘Somebody’s going down’
Chris Wade will take a kill-or-be-killed approach heading into 2023 PFL 4.
Wade (22-9) meets Ryoji Kudo (11-5-1) on June 8 at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta. “The Long Island Killer” will look to rebound from his loss to Bubba Jenkins in the season opener at 2023 PFL 1.
In order to keep his playoff hopes alive, Wade could really use a finish. And that’s what he’s aiming for.
“I cannot afford to go down in some type of like slow, dragged out, back-and-forth, grappling-heavy situation,” Wade told MMA Junkie Radio. “I need to be OK with the risk of going out on my own shield. I told everybody, ‘I just want to let you know: Somebody’s going down. It’s me, or it’s him, but somebody’s going down.'”
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Wade has just seven career finishes, but two of them came in recent knockout wins over Kyle Bochniak and Arman Ospanov. He plans on digging deep into that version of himself.
“There’s another level,” Wade said. “This level is nothing. The place that I’m gonna take myself to is gonna be a special place. You can’t get there and go there all the time, but I promise you guys that. Watch this fight, because this is one where I need to leave my stamp and show the world what I’m capable of when I’m at my most aggressive, when I’m at my most motivated. When people write me off, when people turn their back on me, I thrive in that sh*t. I really do. And that’s the place I’m at right now.”
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