UFC London’s Grundy claims reaching top of 145 is ‘just a matter of time’
Octagon newcomer and freestyle wrestler Mike Grundy expects big things of his UFC career.
A bronze medalist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games is about to have his Octagon debut on Saturday.
Currently on an eight-fight winning streak, featherweight Mike Grundy is scheduled to perform at UFC London’s curtainjerker on March 16.
Although Grundy will be stepping into the Octagon for the first time, the 32-year-old has faced some UFC competition in the past, losing to Damian Stasiak in March of 2015, but he did defeat TUF Brazil vet Fernando Bruno in his last outing in November of 2017, which led Grundy to believe he is ready for the Octagon.
“I feel confident not only because of that fight against Bruno but because all my career as a wrestler and as an MMA fighter,” Grundy told Bloody Elbow. “I have traveled to Japan and beat a big Japanese name, then I went to Brazil and beat Bruno, it does give you confidence for an UFC debut. I have been training all the aspects of MMA for years.”
“I am part of one of the best camps in the world, Team Kaobon, and I improve everyday as a fighter,” Grundy said.” I am enjoying the path, every training session, every day. I will eventually get to the top, it’s just a matter of time. So don’t be surprised if I score a big KO or a nice submission.”
Now expected to take on Nad Narimani, a fighter who already holds two UFC wins under his belt, Grundy sounds just as confident and brushes off his opponent’s experience. In fact, although he acknowledges Narimani as a decent fighter, Mike expects to dominate the fight.
“Narimani is a good fighter and I respect him as an opponent, but I don’t think that his experience in the UFC will be a factor on this fight,” Grundy said. “I fought for big shows before, I have felt the pressure of big competitions all my life and this fight will be just another test to myself. I will enjoy every minute of it and I don’t think Narimani will be able to stop me. I predict I will dominate him.”
UFC London will be headlined by a welterweight bout between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal. Grundy vs. Narimani will be shown on the ESPN+ prelims, which start at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT.