Bellator MMA veteran Marcin Held will be competing for the second time in the UFC this Sunday Night at UFC Fight Night 103. Held made his debut in a unanimous decision loss to Diego Sanchez, but Held believes his next opponent in Joe Lauzon is a step up in competition.
“I came here to fight with the good fighters,” Held told MMA Junkie. “I’m really happy the UFC gave me this fight with Joe Lauzon. I know he’s really good. I think he’s even better than Diego Sanchez. I think I should win the fight because it will be a good (test) this time.”
Held, who is hoping to pick up his first UFC win on Sunday Night, is still disappointed with his UFC debut fight a few months back.
“I was disappointed (with my UFC debut),” Held said. “I felt that I’m better than him but I lost it. I think it was my own wish. I had not enough cardio because of the high altitude (in Mexico City), but that’s only one reason. I think even with this (cardio) problem I would have won if I fought differently. Take him down, stay on top, stay on the ground. I should have fought standup more. I should have done it different, but this time I’m not going to (make) this mistake again. It’s a good lesson for me.”
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.