MEXICO CITY – Saturday night will mark the third time Steven Peterson has competed in the past six months. But he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Ocho” Peterson (17-9 MMA, 1-3 UFC) battles Martin Bravo (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC on ESPN+ 17, takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. The card streams on ESPN+.
The Fortis MMA product isn’t fazed by the frequency of his fight bookings. Peterson isn’t a proponent of the popular ideology that in-between fight camps is the best time to learn. He believes the most valuable knowledge is acquired through actual in-cage competition.
“Staying active is the way to get better,” Peterson told MMA Junkie on Thursday. “I’m always in camp, always in shape. Even when I’m not in camp, it’s like I’m in camp because we have such a big team.
“There is always someone getting ready for a fight and we’ve got to help them get ready. I’m always in the gym, always training hard, and always ready to take a fight on short notice or whatever they give me.”
While he lost his most recent outing against Alex Caceres at UFC on ESPN 4 in July, Peterson lost a unanimous decision. The loss left a sour taste in Peterson’s mouth, as he believes he did enough to have earned the victory. The defeat was Peterson’s third in four fights.
“Obviously, I’d like to win them all, but the way I fight is come forward,” Perterson said. “I don’t like to outpoint guys. I like to break guys. I like to be in their face constantly and push the aggression. The judges didn’t appreciate it in my last fight.
“I felt like me and Alex, that would be a good one to run back. Honestly, I knew I was victorious. Alex felt defeated at the end of that fight. I saw it in his eyes. He was surprised that he got that decision. I was shocked.”
Peterson has only won one out of his four UFC appearances since he jumped on board with the promotion in early 2018. An aggressive fighter who likes to push the pace, Peterson would rather put on an exciting show than adjust his gameplan as to fight safer.
At UFC on ESPN+ 17, Peterson said he’ll be gunning to earn “Performance of the Night” instead of a “Fight of the Night” bonus. The Texas native would prefer to be exciting through dominance, not a close decision.
“I will never be in a boring fight,” Peterson said. “Obviously, I want to take them out. I just need to hit more and not get hit quite as much. I did that in my last fight, but I need to do that even more and make it more convincing. Just go out there and take these guys out. I want that performance bonus.”
According to Peterson, his opponent Saturday fits the mold of a fighter he could earn such accolade against. The Mexican fighter Bravo will have the home crowd behind him, but Peterson plans on quieting the building in speedy fashion.
“On paper, it’s a dead-even matchup,” Peterson said. “I looked at the statistics; strikes landed, strikes absorbed, takedowns landed, takedown defense… None of that really even matters. When it comes to fight night, it’s that night. It’s in the cage that’s all that matters. I’m going to go out there and be the best version of Steven ‘Ocho’ Peterson that you’ve ever seen.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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