Fighters from the North Caucasus region of Russia prefer to let their actions speak louder than their words, so Ozzy Dugulubgov does most of his talking inside the cage, where he's amassed a 6-2 record and finished his last World Series of Fighting (WSOF) opponent via knockout.
Dugulubgov, however, opened up in a recent chat with MMAmania.com, explaining how the antics of fighters like self-described "Baddest Man on the Planet" Joe Warren are unnecessary, noting that it changes nothing inside the cage.
"I say this before one time when one of the fighters was trying to speak trash about me. What I say is, if you have lightning in your hands, and God in your heart who gives you strength, you don't need that thunder in your mouth."
As a representative of Team Renzo Gracie, he'll be facing Team Warren's own Gray Maynard this Sunday at "Grapple at the Garden" live on pay-per-view (PPV) starting at noon ET as well as on iPPV at GFL.tv. Dugulubgov is well prepared.
"It's a regular wrestling match. There's no submissions that will be involved. It's all about points and pinning your opponent, so let's see what we can make out of it."
Dugulubgov gets strength not just from his wrestling technique, but from providing for two younger siblings who live with him as he pursues his MMA dream.
I don't even see it as something out of (the) ordinary but people they notice that young guy and already having these two siblings by him you know, it's a hard job. Maybe it is but it's some type of responsibility that gives me a lot of strength to push harder and stay focused on my path.
That motivation will need to carry him into Sunday against Maynard, one of the best Division I All-American wrestlers to make the transition into MMA. Check out our audio of the interview below and be sure to watch him in "Grapple at the Garden" on Sunday, Dec. 21 as Team Renzo Gracie faces Team Joe Warren.