Frankie Saenz is preparing for action this Sunday Night as he faces Augusto Mendes on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 103. Saenz, who has already stepped into the octagon against Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland, says he only wants to fight the best in the UFC.
“I’m always picking the best guys,” Saenz told MMA Junkie. “The best guy who I can fight, that’s who I want to fight next. I’m fighting Augusto on this card – they offered me the fight, and I wanted to fight here. I’m 36 years old. I’m here to test myself and I want to fight the best guys in the world. I feel like if I’m going to go out, I might as well go out fighting the best guys.”
Mendes is Saenz’s opponent on Sunday Night, and while he may not be the best bantamweight in the UFC, Saenz isn’t overlooking him.
“I know he’s a tough guy, comes from a tough gym, and I’m not shy of going against a tough opponent,” he said. “It’s going to be an exciting fight. He’s been training with The (MMA) Lab, and The Lab’s an elite team. They have great coaches, a bunch of great training partners, and I’m sure he’s working on everything. So I’ve got to expect the best Augusto Mendes on Sunday.”
UFC Fight Night 103 takes place on Sunday, January 15 from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona with Yair Rodriguez and BJ Penn headlining.