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Krauss on UFC Signing: It’s Crazy. It’s Like A Dream Come True

September-20-10
Pascal "Panzer" Krauss is set to debut at UFC 122 in November and talks to Your MMA about his contract.

Author: Jay Furness

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The UFC’s first visit to Germany was a successful one. The trip to Cologne’s Lanxess Arena grossed $1.3 million with 12,854 people passing through the gates.

Although there was some controversy with MMA being taken off the TV in the country, it hasn’t discouraged the UFC juggernaut as they will head to Oberhausen in November.

They’re not heading back unarmed, however. New signing and undefeated German prospect Pascal “Panzer” Krauss will feature on the fight card and will no doubt drum up significant local interest.

Krauss went 9-0 with a title-winning victory over Scot John Quinn at Cage Warriors: Right to Fight in May, succeeding Dan Hardy as the promotion’s welterweight champion, and it was that emphatic victory and the perfect timing of a card in his native land that saw him land a deal with the world’s biggest MMA promotion.

“It’s a four-fight contract that I signed, but it’s pretty complicated,” Pascal told Your MMA. “The UFC can throw you out after the first loss, that’s how their contracts are, but I will prepare in San Diego for the first fight – it’s going to be great, I love it!”

Noticeably excited about the prospect of fighting in the home of MMA’s elite, “Panzer” continued enthusiastically,

“It’s crazy. It’s like a dream come true. It’s hard to realise and I don’t think I will until I’m stood in the UFC Octagon with Bruce Buffer calling out my name and then I’ll be like ‘wow, I’m here’.”

Pascal’s finishing ability means that he is yet to go to the scorecards in his young career and, although he is well-rounded with a boxing and wrestling background, it has been his submission arsenal that has ended seven of his nine bouts. Heading to Victory in California with the likes of Dean Lister and Shannon Gugerty – away from his usual team of ‘Grappling Arts’ in Freiburg – he is anticipating improvement in every area.

“My good friend Pete Sobotta prepared for his last fight over there and we had a good contact with them so they invited me over,” Krauss noted of his link up with the San Diego gym, formerly the Throwdown training centre. “I will become better in my standup, my ground game, my wrestling. It’s going to be great. I’m looking forward to it.”

After a spell in America, he will return to Germany for the biggest fight of his life, in front of thousands of fans that will all be eager to see him emerge victorious. Having the support of a nation behind him is something that “Panzer” believes will spur him on.

“It’s great. I love to fight in front of my home crowd and I’ll be trying to put on a good show,” he asserted. If his previous outings are anything to go by, they’ll be treated to a relentless attack and a constant urge to finish. Despite his in-cage demeanour though, outside of it Krauss is an intelligent and friendly individual, something he believes is key to converting the detractors that are stifling the growth of the sport in his homeland.

It is an issue he feels strongly about and there wouldn’t be many others that could serve as such a positive role model.

“I’m one of the people that has to show that we’re not all typical, cliché fighters that are stupid or violent with tattoos all over their body. We need to move away from this image so we can get accepted as a sport. I’m trying to do that.

“Of course it’s important that you have all types of people representing the sport because it’s like a society that has everybody; the workers and everybody else. I would like to have a second possibility to make my living and that’s why I study, not just because of my image.”

At just twenty-three, it’s quite possible that Pascal Krauss will be able to use MMA as a means to make a living for a long time to come and, as he is set to face Kenny Robertson on November 13th, he has Germany behind him and the future in front of him.

Expect big things from “Panzer” as he seeks to make his name known in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


 

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