Even though he’ll fight Costa (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at TD Garden in Boston on Oct. 18, Salmon (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) doesn’t expect the fight to change their friendship.
Both bantamweights will make their second UFC appearances, and both are in search of their first promotional victory. The pair made their octagon debuts on the same card, UFC 236 in April, where they both lost inside the distance.
Their congenial rapport initiated when Costa messaged Salmon through Instagram when Salmon’s originally scheduled UFC debut opponent fell off of a November 2018 card.
“He’s like, ‘Hey man, I might be fighting you shortly, or I might be fighting you soon. I might be the replacement, just to let you know,’” Salmon told MMA Junkie.
“From my point of view, I’m looking at it like, ‘Dude, you’re 4-0, you’re probably not going to fight me. They’ve probably got other guys out there for me. Dude, best of luck. I hope you get the fight.’”
Little did Salmon know, five months later they’d kick it together in Atlanta all fight week long. From the weight cut and the weigh-ins to fight night and beyond, Costa and Salmon got to know each other more.
“The week of the fight, we’re just talking and hanging out,” Salmon said. “We’re super cool. We’re cutting weight together. When I finished cutting weight, we’re talking the whole night because we both can’t go to sleep. We’re both DM’ing each other back and forth.”
“Then we became friends since. We stayed in touch after the fight, just to check up on each other. We both suffered losses in our debut, so we stayed close. He’s a pretty good friend of mine. We’re fighting together, but it’s nothing but business.”
With a victory over Costa, “Boom Boom” Salmon said he will aim to sneak in one more contest before the end of the calendar year. His goal is to crack the top-15, or maybe even the top-10, by the end of next year.
“I fought April 13; I lost that fight,” Salmon said. “It was unfortunate. I moved on. I’m a better fighter. I have a better mindset in this fight.
“If I can beat Randy Costa and get another fight in December, I want to fight top-15 (or) top-10 by next year.”
To hear more from Salmon, check out the video above, where MMA Junkie caught the bantamweight “Off Guard.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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