“I can be like that,” laughs the 29-year-old. “I know what I’m capable of, and I know it’s easier said than done, you only get one shot in the cage, but I feel like it’s finally gonna come together. I’m excited for this one because I feel like people are gonna finally get to see what I’m made of.”
“This one” is a Saturday bout in Stockholm against European standout Damir Hadzovic, winner of two straight and three of his last four. For California’s Giagos, it’s his fifth straight road trip, with visits to Brazil (twice), Russia and Australia earning him stamps on his passport. He doesn’t mind this one, considering one of his best friends calls Sweden home, but he is hoping his next walk to the Octagon takes place in Anaheim this August.
“When I get this victory, I’m gonna ask to fight in Anaheim in August, so hopefully everything works out,” said Giagos, who has earned a home game after being on the road so much. And while traveling internationally can be a hassle, with so many of those bouts under his belt, he now has a handle on navigating fight week on the road.
“Yeah, I think I got it figured out,” he said. “There’s nothing like fighting at home, but you gotta do what you gotta do and I like the matchup they gave me, so it was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up. And hey, my name’s ‘The Spartan’ and I like to go to people’s lands and take over. It’s in my blood.”