This Saturday’s UFC on Fuel TV 2 card in Sweden will feature a Middleweight bout between James Head and Papy Abedi. Head is confident about his chances heading into his fight against Papy Abedi, stating the following in an interview on fightline.com:
“Right now I am training in Oklahoma City with a strong group of fighters at Lovato Jiu-Jitsu, I have Bellator Fighter Jared Hess, World Jiu_Jitsu Champion Rafael Lovato Jr., Matt Grice as well as some local guys who are solid. I’m not worried about being out of action as I was training really hard for a proposed fight at UFC 138 before I tore the MCL in my knee. I’ve been in the gym every day getting ready to fight. I’m just excited to get back in there. He’s obviously a big strong guy, I watched the fight against Thiago at UFC 138 and he definitely has holes that I feel I can exploit. I feel I have the advantage in the stand-up and he showed once he got hurt he was looking for a way out on the ground, but Thiago got the choke on him and put him away. I think I stack up well against him in all aspects of MMA. I plan on putting him to sleep. One way or another I’m looking to end this fight early. The UFC pays us to show and to win; they don’t pay us any overtime!”
Head will be coming off a lengthy layoff since fighting at UFC 131 last July, where he was involved in a war with Nick Ring before being finished late in the last round. Head was scheduled to have a fight at UFC 138 before tearing his MCL, and is now aching to get back into the Octagon. He knows that his opponent Abedi holds more overseas experience than he does, but he is fully confident in his extensive training camp and will seek an early finish this Saturday night in Sweden.