Steven Peterson looks to impress in his UFC debut this weekend in Austin, but it won't be against his planned opponent in Humberto Bandenay.
Due to visa issues with Bandenay, he was forced from the February 18 event. In his place, Peterson takes on Brandon Davis. Bandenay was the fifth canceled fight Davis has faced in the last two years, but told Fightful.com's James Lynch he still had time to prepare for UFC Austin.
"Training camp's going awesome. I got like four or five weeks notice, so plenty of time to get ready. I was already in the gym. It's a full time gig for me, it's all I do. I'm just glad to be able to fight on this stage," said Peterson.
Peterson had a little UFC exposure, appearing on UFC Fight Pass in a second round loss to Benito Lopez on Dana White's Contender Series last year. However, it's his experience in LFA and Legacy that Peterson thinks will pay off dividends.
"I've had two world title fights, a lot of high profile fights, high level competition. It's just another fight. I'm doing the same thing I've been doing on a bigger stage. You get treated a little better in the UFC, a lot more people are watching, but you fight. You get in there and scrap," said Peterson.
In the full interview with James Lynch, Peterson discusses his fight camp, the Super Bowl, his time with Legacy Fighting, and more. You can see it above.