UFC 236's Matt Frevola feels no pressure with winless octagon record, will fight without regrets
ATLANTA – UFC 236 marks the third octagon appearance for Matt Frevola, who thus far has failed to come out of a bout with his hand raised. He’s like to change that Saturday, but said he’s not obsessing over it.
Frevola’s (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) promotional tenure thus far saw him knocked out in one minute flat by Marco Polo Reyes at UFC Fight Night 124 in January followed by a slugfest with Lando Vannata at UFC 230 in November that ended in a majority draw.
It’s not the ideal circumstance for Frevola, but he said he won’t go into his UFC 236 matchup with Jalin Turner (8-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) looking to win any more than past bouts. He said the focus is all on performance, and if he meets his standard on that front, the win is a guaranteed consequence.
“I want to go in there and perform,” Frevola told MMA Junkie. “I want to leave everything I’ve got in there and as long as I do that I’m happy with it. I want to go out there, put on a good show, perform, leave no regrets in there and I see myself finishing this guy.”
UFC 236 takes place at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The lightweight bout between Frevola and Turner is the featured prelim on ESPN, which follows early prelims on UFC Fight Pass prior to the pay-per-view main card.
Frevola, 28, has not been given an easy out for his third UFC fight. He meets Turner, 23, who is not only one of the more promising prospects at 155 pounds, but has a 6-foot-3 frame that many would consider a nightmare to compete against for the weight class.
The preparation for UFC 236 hasn’t exactly been easy, Frevola said, but he thinks his relentless style will eventually cause Turner to fold on fight night.
“I’ve never fought anyone 6-foot-3, but on the Contender Series the guy was like 6-foot-1,” Frevola said. “We had some tall training partners that I was sparring with and drilling with. He’s a good striker, a real talented (striker). I guess he’s a purple belt on the ground so he’s well rounded, but I think I’ll be able to mix up the full arsenal of mixed martial arts on him and definitely push a pace that will break him. I’m planning to drag him into deep water and drown him.”
To hear more from Frevola, check out the full interview above.