Mario Bautista is set to make his UFC debut this weekend at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn, with Cory Sandhagen being the opponent on that night.
While Bautista expected to get into the UFC one day, one thing he didn’t expect was to get a short notice opportunity in Brooklyn.
“I never thought it was going to be a possibility, but I found out Friday Night right before dinner…when I was about to relax, eat a good meal dinner and get a nice sleep. Got the call and yeah, I didn’t do too much sleeping on that night,” Bautista said in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Bautista is undefeated as a professional MMA fighter with a 6-0-0 record, with five of those victories coming by KO/TKO and/or submission.
The call up to the UFC doesn’t just allow Bautista to call himself a UFC fighter, it also will allow Bautista to live the life the competitor always wanted to live.
“...after this fight, I’ll have so much more time and I’ll be able to fill it up with more training time. Do more of what I want to do, live the lifestyle I want to live instead of having to go to work and doing all that stuff. I could be a full time fighter now,” says Bautista.
UFC Fight Night Brooklyn takes place on Saturday, January 19 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.