Australian Light Heavyweight, Anthony ‘The Hippo’ Perosh won’t have his home country crowd behind him on Saturday night but the 40 year old will look to build on his 3 fight winning streak in the UFC when he faces Octagon newcomer, Ryan Jimmo at UFC 149 in Calgary.
Jimmo was unsuccessful in his fight to gain entry to the The Ultimate Fighter-Season 8 house but since losing his MMA debut the 30 year old Canadian has won 15 straight fights and finally gets to make his UFC debut in front of his home fans.
“A fight is a fight,” Perosh said on fighting in front of Jimmo’s home fans. “Fighting in front of your home fans is great, but you also have the added pressure of doing well in front of them.”
Perosh who is a submission specialist and goes by the saying ‘position before submission’ will look to take Jimmo down to the mat whenever possible on Saturday night as he looks to avoid the Canadian’s heavy hands.
“I’ve added a strength and conditioning coach to my team,” Perosh said. “I’ve been focusing on drills and technique, more then sparring this preparation.”
Some will say that this will be the 40 year olds last chance if he wants a shot at Light Heavyweight world champion, Jon Jones but Perosh who has peaked at the latter end of his career knows full well, that stringing a few more wins together will have Dana White and Joe Silva, along with the rest of the world talking.