Mike Grundy of England predicts a big win in his UFC debut at UFC 262.
On his comeback to the octagon, the English featherweight intends to make up for lost time.
Mike Grundy has had to wait his turn, but now that he’s back, the amateur wrestler-turned-MMA fighter is ready to make a mark.
Grundy fights Lando Vannata in front of a sold-out crowd in Houston, Texas on Saturday night at UFC 262.
It’s a major chance for Grundy, who has struggled since joining the world’s greatest MMA organization two years ago.
During media day ahead of fight night in Houston, he told reporters, “I’m excited to make my USA debut.”
“I’m fighting for the first time in America. In Texas, (with) a sold-out audience.
“There haven’t been any large crowds. For the past two and a half years, I haven’t battled in front of an audience. It’s also good to have that feeling.”
Grundy, who won bronze in freestyle wrestling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, switched to mixed martial arts and advanced to the sport’s highest level after 12 professional fights.
However, injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic have hampered his ability to make an impact in the octagon.
Grundy has only fought twice in the UFC since his debut in 2019.
He won his octagon debut by TKOing former Cage Warriors champion Nad Narimani in London, but fell on the scorecards to Russian prospect Movsar Evloev in Abu Dhabi in July on “UFC Fight Island.”
Mike Grundy (@MGWRESTLING) of England says he’s ready to make up for missed time and make a statement against Lando Vannata on Saturday night at #UFC262. pic.twitter.com/azof2qXiGx
Grundy wants to be able to bounce back now that the world is starting to open up again as a result of the epidemic, and he says he’s ready to make an impression when he returns to the cage to improve on his 12-2 MMA record.
Grundy will face flashy striker Vannata (11-5-2) in a featherweight bout on Saturday night in Houston, giving the Wigan-born fighter the opportunity to defeat a renowned name and raise his stock in the UFC’s 145-pound featherweight division.
Grundy was philosophical when asked about his sporadic UFC career.
He stated, “Everything happens for a reason.”
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