Before Johnson City’s Aaron Phillips steps back into the cage versus Steven Stevens at APEX Fights 12 on Saturday night in Knoxville, Tenn., or streamed LIVE on ValorFights.com, he caught up with ProMMANow.com.

How are you feeling going into this fight?

I’m pretty confident. I don’t really know much about him. I’ve only had one fight — in June — so far. That was a quick stoppage.

Do you have pre-fight nerves?

Yes sir, I’m nervous right now (laughs).

How do you deal with those nerves on Fight Night — are they always with you, or do you lose them before entering the cage?

Right before I walk in the cage, that’s when they go away.

What happens when the cage door locks?

It’s time to go to war.

What are your expectations for this fight?

It’ll go into later rounds. It might be the second, it might be the third. I’m just going to stick to the game plan and get it done. I’m going to have my hand raised.

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