UFC Vegas 27: Rob Font learned patience through long layoffs


Although irritating at instances for him, Rob Font feels he’s grown inside and outdoors the cage along with his slower turnarounds between fights.

In his first fundamental occasion, and his first time going through a former UFC champion, Rob Font has the possibility to make a declare for his first shot at UFC gold when he meets former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in the principle occasion of UFC Vegas 27 on Might 22.

“This feels proper,” Font stated at his UFC Vegas 27 media day scrum. “That is what I’ve labored so laborious for, and I’m excited to lastly be right here.”

Font will enter this struggle on a three-fight win streak, which features a first-round TKO of former title challenger Marlon Moraes in December.

This win streak includes a famous distinction from Font’s earlier fights, nonetheless. Font’s struggle with Moraes marked the second straight time the place he’s fought following a one-year layoff.

Font defeated Sergio Pettis at UFC Milwaukee in December 2018 and Ricky Simon at UFC Washington D.C. in December 2019.

Preferring faster turnarounds, Rob Font says preventing ‘like Santa Claus’ helped him learn to be affected person

Font admitted that he was upset in not preventing extra throughout this time; nonetheless, it helped domesticate endurance inside him as a fighter and an individual.

“I feel I’m Santa Claus, preventing and coming round every year in December,” Font stated.

“Positively powerful, it positively sucks, however I feel I’ve realized endurance from preventing every year. I didn’t need to learn to be affected person, however I’ve realized the way to be affected person and learn to let, clearly, my supervisor and coach Tyson [Chartier] do his factor after which simply wait and simply be informed what to do and simply keep within the health club and put together and focus extra on the method of simply getting higher — as a substitute of [focusing on] what’s subsequent and what may occur if I bought at the present time.”

Font additionally credit his development to cornering his teammates throughout instances the place he didn’t have a struggle, in addition to coping with an damage.

“Nonetheless being within the struggle recreation with out preventing and clearly after on the damage, I used to be like ‘We actually gotta be affected person as a result of we will’t rush this.’ As a result of I’ve accomplished that earlier than. My second professional struggle I simply took a struggle simply to take a struggle, and I misplaced it, and it was simply in all probability the dumbest factor I’ve ever accomplished. It’s laborious, nevertheless it made me extra mature, turn out to be a greater man and I feel I’m wiser for it.”

UFC Vegas 27 takes place on Saturday, Might 22, 2021, dwell from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Observe together with FanSided who’s on web site all week for all of your dwell information and highlights.


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