How does it feel to be coming back to CES May 12th?
To be honest, it feels great. It’s my first time fighting in Rhode Island since 2012.
Does it add pressure to be fighting at home?
It does. It’s funny, even when fighting close to home, it’s considered home. To a lot of Rhode Islanders, anything close to home is considered home. It does put a little pressure on me, but I actually like it though. It keeps me sharp. No pressure is bigger than what I put on myself. I just like fighting in my backyard.
How do you see this fight playing out?
Oh, I’m going to finish this kid, for sure. I’m going to start proving that I’m at a different level than these guys. All respect to Levon Makashvili, but I made one simple mistake in that fight. If not for that, I would have kept dominating. But I’m trying to show that I belong and where I belong. Seeing my friend Andre Soukhamthath getting into the UFC has given me a bit more motivation heading into this fight, so I’m just trying to catch back up. I’m going to show it.
What should fans expect fight night?
The same fire that I always bring. Even if the outcome isn’t the one I wanted, you can always expect a fight from me.
What would you like to accomplish in 2017?
To be honest with you, I would like to get three wins. I’d like to be 3-0 this year. Check off these wins and next year focus on getting back into the UFC with however many wins it takes.