UFC on FUEL TV 3's Kamal Shalorus ditches California for new Virginia camp

A new diet didn't quite do the trick during his most recent appearance in the Octagon, so Kamal Shalorus went back to the drawing board and decided perhaps a change in training camps might be the secret to cracking into the UFC win column.

The Iranian-born Shalorus (7-2-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) – who is coming off back-to-back third-round losses, including a rear-naked choke to undefeated newcomer Khabib Nurmagomedov in January – relocated from Antoni Hardonk's Dynamix MMA camp in California to Kai Zen MMA in Virginia.

It's part of his preparation for next week's bout against Rafael dos Anjos (15-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at UFC on FUEL TV 3.

"I have a feeling I'm going to do better, much better," Shalorus recently said.

"You're going to see a much better Kamal Shalorus. I'm more explosive, better conditioned. I'm going to attack like a mad dog, rampage and just move in.

"This time is different. You're going see the old Kamal. More attacking, more pressure."

Shalorus and dos Anjos meet May 15 at Fairfax, Va.' Patriot Center. They're part of the Facebook-streamed preliminary card preceding the FUEL TV-televised main card.

While the move to the new gyms in Virginia have made his trip for next week's card a short commute, Shalorus' switch in camps was more out of monetary necessity than any fallout with Hardonk or his training partners in California.

"I love California," he said. "If I had more money, I would live there. Beautiful ocean. People are always happy. But honestly I want to live here right now and make more money, save money. I have a good job and better sponsors."

Shalorus said a couple of big car dealerships have helped him financially, and he can concentrate on training and "not worry about money."

Instead Shalorus, who wrestled for England in the 2004 Summer Olympics, can focus entirely on the veteran dos Anjos, who had been on a 4-1 UFC streak before losing a split decision to Gleison Tibau at UFC 139 this past November.

"He's a great fighter, well-rounded, good jiu-jitsu, and a good striker that likes to go for takedowns," Shalorus said. "But I'm good too. It's going to be a very good fight, exciting. I'm going to be back to my old Kamal."

If that is the case, fans should be excited to see the forward-moving Shalorus – who made his name on the national scene in three-round WEC clashes against Bart Palaszewski, Jamie Varner and Dave Jansen.

"My trainers are pushing me so hard," Shalorus said of new coach Matt Terry and training partner Najim Wali. "But I don't want to be more technical. I want to be more attack. That's my style."

After losing his UFC debut via third-round TKO to Jim Miller in March 2010, Shalorus adopted the principles of the "Warrior Diet" and ate one meal in the evening, consisting of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables.

Now with a new change in scenery and facing a must-win situation against dos Anjos, Shalorus said he has to go back to his roots to give him his best shot for his first UFC victory.

"I'm so ready for this fight," he said. "I'm going to put on a good show in this fight. More attack, use my aggression, and go forward."

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