After 9 MMA fights, Oki Bolaji can make his debut this weekend on the biggest stage: the UFC. Our compatriot has no doubt that he can break the barrier of experienced Bosnian Damir Hadzovic on his debut. “I'm better across the board,” he says.
Just as a football player dreams of the Champions League, a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter hopes to one day compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). For Oke Bolaji, that dream became a reality this weekend.
The 'Zulu Warrior' got his coveted opportunity last summer and he is determined to seize it with both hands. “I'm mentally and physically ready for it. I can't wait for it,” he says on LowKick MMA.
In his first appearance, Bolaji will face the experienced Bosnian Damir Hadzovic. While Bolaji looks to make a name for himself in the UFC, this appears to be one of the last chances for the “Bosnian Bomber” to prove himself. Hadzovic is 37 years old and has lost 3 of his last 4 fights in the UFC.
“Hadzovic is an experienced fighter and I think that's a good thing. Then I can show the world who I am and I can make a statement.”
Bolaji does not suffer from a lack of self-confidence. “I've watched Hadzovic's fights and I'm better in everything. My striking is better, I'm faster and stronger. Even my wrestling is better.”
“He's 37 years old, his best days are over. I'm still hungry. I'll finish it in the first round, maybe in the second. But there's no doubt: victory is mine.”
The 28-year-old Bolaji is only the fourth UFC national. “I will become the new Belgian star,” he is convinced. “It is an honor to represent my native Belgium.”
Oke Bolaji lost his professional MMA debut, but has since won eight straight (8-1). Will he now continue this streak in the UFC?
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