TUF 13 runner-up, Ramsey Nijem will be in the Octagon again this weekend at UFC 137. Having come up short in The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale in June against Tony Ferguson, the charismatic lightweight looks to rebound back to form against Roufusport product Danny Downes.
Nijem has stated during interviews that he won’t be looking to grind out Downes and will be instead looking to finish the fight, though admits his wrestling will definitely come into play where notching a stoppage is concerned.
“I’m looking to finish all my fights,” Nijem explained in an interview on the UFC’s website. I don’t just want to be a wrestler who grinds out decisions. It’s boring for the fans, but it’s awful to do yourself. It isn’t very fun to out grind someone. I’m always trying to finish my fights because that’s what people want to see. You can be a wrestler, but you can be exciting as a wrestler.”
Nijem also discussed his training going into the fight on Saturday, stating, “I’m training with John Hackleman at The Pit, which is a prestigious camp. We kind of do it old school out here. We’re outside, it’s nothing fancy, it’s just hard work, just sweat and blood. Back home, I have Jason Mertlich, who is a BJJ black belt, so I’m always working with him to improve my submission game. He has really good combat style jiu-jitsu. You’re never really lying on your back, you’re on top and it’s a vicious style of grappling. I do think I’ve made more progress by leaps and bounds working with my coaches…Obviously after my last fight, I’m a grappler/wrestler and that’s my strength, so that’s what I’m going to stick to in this fight. I’m going to put him against the fence, beat him up and take him to the ground.”
When asked what is going to be different in this fight, he responded with, “I’m going to be a lot more calm in the cage going into this fight. It’s not that I have to go and out wrestle this kid. In my book, that’s not performing. I want to go out and look for finishes and win every single position.”
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