Kyle Nelson: Marco 'Polo' Reyes will learn I hit like a welterweight at UFC on ESPN+ 17

MEXICO CITY – Kyle Nelson came to town with bad intentions.

“The Monster” has entered enemy territory and is looking to take out Marco “Polo” Reyes at UFC on ESPN+ 17.

And he thinks Reyes, who’s moving down to featherweight for this one, is in for a rude awakening.

“I think Polo (Reyes) is coming down to 145 expecting smaller opponents,” Nelson told MMA Junkie. “Maybe a little less power, but I think when he gets in there with me and realizes that I hit just as hard as any welterweight, I think he’s going to realize he made a mistake.”

“I’ll be the bad guy when I knock out the Mexican in Mexico.”

Nelson (12-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) might be going into Saturday night with a chip on his shoulder. He has dropped his first two UFC fights, his debut on just a few days’ notice to Diego Ferreira, and most recently a third-round submission loss to Matt Sayles at UFC on ESPN+ 9.

But he believes he has put in solid showings, where he’s been able to show that he can hang with elite-level UFC competition. Nelson believes it will all come down to putting things together on fight night.

“I think I’ve been able to showcase a little bit of my skill,” Nelson said. “I think as far as skill and technique and stuff, I think that I’ve showed that I’m up to par and it’s just going to be a little bit of a game plan, a mentality stuff and then everything is really going to shine through.”

And he takes on Reyes, who’s been involved in his fair share of entertaining scraps. Nelson expects this one to be no different, as he plans on pouring it on, until Reyes can’t take no more.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting fight,” Nelson said. “He likes to stand and move forward,  I love to stand and move forward so I think it’s going to be a nice clash. It could be a fight of the night potential.”

“It depends how durable Polo (Reyes) is at 145. I see him coming forward, I see us both swinging and I see him falling. It’s just a matter of when.”

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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