The heavyweight fighter hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since UFC 218, but says that is because the UFC respected his timeline for returning to action.
“No, but you remember my timeline. I’m happy the UFC respected my timeline, I’m happy that Mr. Sherman signed on the dotted line…even though I know it was out of desperation,” Willis said in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Willis did take five months off in between his first two UFC bouts, so a four month break might not be very extravagant for the competitor.
One thing Willis is known for is for the brutal way he finishes fights and the heavyweight doesn’t expect that to change on April 21.
“I see him coming out strong, he is a desperate man. He’s desperate because he lost his last fight, he’s desperate because he’s fighting me. I see him coming out hard, I see him realizing with the ‘oh f*ck face’ that there is nothing he can do. There’s absolutely nothing he can do, I will not stop ever coming forward or not ever stop pressuring him. I can take him down, I can hit him with a punch that he’s never been hit with in his life and I will turn his lights out,” says Willis.
UFC Fight Night Atlantic City takes place on Saturday, April 21 from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, new Jersey with Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.