Marius “the Whitemare” Zaromskis Mixed Martial Arts Kicking Sensation
Marius “The Whitemare” Zaromskis the kicking sensation bings a 13-3 record to the Octogon to fight Nick Diaz for the Belt.
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The Whitemare is known for his brutal roundhouse kicks and high flying knee kicks. He is currently the reigning Dream welterweight champion. Marius brings a more traditional martial arts style to the octagon. The Whitemare’s roundhouse kick can be devastating, often compared to Micro “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Marius once did a hurricane kick in competition.
The 29 year old Lithuanian fighter carries a 13-3 record. Most of his fights have been with Dream and Cage Rage. He defeated Jason High, via roundhouse kick to the head at Dream 10 to become the champion.
Maruis has good ground skills and reports that he trains in all aspects of mixed martial arts. No doubt that many fans are going to tune into his fights to see his flying knee kicks, as well as, the thunderous right foot that has felled its share of opponents.
Maruis fights Nick Dias on Jan 30, in Miami. The fight will also be televised on CBS. Diaz has a height and reach advantage, while Marius will have a speed advantage. Look for Marius to get Diaz backpedaling and set him up for a well timed kick or flying knee. Nick will try to use his jab to set up Maruis or get him on the ground and use his jiu-jitsu skills. This event will be for the Strikeforce welterweight belt.
This will be a tough fight for both fighters. I expect a strategic fight with “The Whitemare” winning with a highlight reel kick to the head.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2010 – 10:00PM/ET (PRELIMS AT 7:30PM)
.Quotes from http://strikeforce.com
Marius, despite being the DREAM Champion, Jay Hieron turned down a fight with you because he said you have little name recognition. Do you feel vindicated that STRIKEFORCE offered you a title shot?
ZAROMSKIS: “I don’t really care if I’m vindicated or not, because I don’t pay attention to that. I feel that a fighter should fight whoever they put in front of you, whether he’s famous or not. If Jay Hieron doesn’t feel that I’m famous enough to fight him, then I guess he’ll just have to wait until I get famous and I’ll fight him.”
Marius, is there a timeframe on when you’ll return and defend your DREAM title?
ZAROMSKIS: “No, right now I don’t know.”
Marius, can you talk about your finishes in your last few fights (KO head kicks)? Is that something you go for?
ZAROMSKIS: “I don’t really look for a high kick, because when you look for something you end up being the one who’s getting knocked out. If I see it there in a split second I’ll take advantage of it. If it’s not there then I’ll use some other weapons. But, I do not look for a high kick.”
Why are your high kicks so effective?
ZAROMSKIS: “I kick (inaudible) a lot with my legs, so I’ve got power in it.”
Did you look up to Mirko Cro Cop at all? Or is your style completely independent?
ZAROMSKIS:“I was doing high kicks before. I’m not trying to imitate Mirko, I’m not inspired by Mirko. But, Mirko has a very devastating high kick, so if there’s something I could learn from him I definitely wouldn’t mind.”
Are you always constantly looking to do different things?
ZAROMSKIS: “It’s not something I look for, I just kind of do it. In a way, it kind of energizes me. I just do it for myself, but I guess fans find it interesting. I’m not doing it to be entertaining in a fight, I just do it to energize myself.”
Marius, what do you plan on doing to minimize the reach that Nick has with his punches?
ZAROMSKIS: “As far as Nick’s reach, Nick obviously has a reach advantage because he’s taller. But, I don’t feel like the height difference is so drastic between the two of us to really worry about it too much. Of course, I’m concerned about the reach and I have some plans to address that. It’s not like I’m 5 foot 6 and he’s 6 foot 9. I think it’s something I can handle.”
Marius, have you been working on anything specifically on the ground because Nick has a big advantage in that department.
ZAROMSKIS: “I’ve prepared as well as I can on the ground because Nick has a superior ground game. But, this is MMA, this is not kickboxing. I train in all of it. I train in grappling, the fighting, the wrestling, the same for all fighters. I pretty much do everything my trainers tell me to do. If they say do more ground, I do more ground. If they say do more standup, I do more standup.”
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