The pre-fight antics of Moldova’s Ion Cutelaba are well documented by now. For years he painted himself green for weigh-ins, a nod to his nickname ‘Hulk’. However, his resemblance to an overly aggressive Marvel character actually became closer after that period. From getting into a clinch with Magomed Ankalaev during Bruce Buffer’s announcement to getting into a scuffle after putting his hands on Dustin Jacoby – it’s never a dull moment with Cutelaba.
His opponent for this weekend’s UFC Vegas 37 may be in the minority when it comes to Cutelaba’s instability. After seeing it all unfold a number of times, he looks forward to pushing around the guy who pushes others around.
“I love it. I love a good bully. I love to bully bullies,” Clark said. “I’m always about respect and stuff like that and would never bully anyone outside of just being fun with my friends, but there’s nothing I love more than to [bully] somebody like that, who actually tries to bully people and tries to use his muscles and stuff to intimidate.”
As far as why he thinks Cutelaba does things the way he does, Clark thinks it shows interior issues with him.
“I think it’s pretty funny and it’s a weakness really,” he suggested.
But while Clark looks forward to tossing Cutelaba, he wants to save it all for in the cage. However, he says whether that happens or not may be up to his opponent, because he’s not one to back down when provoked.
“Hopefully we make it to the fight. I’m a nice guy and I’m super respectful, but you put your hands on me and it’s a different story,” Clark said.”You’ll see a different Devin Clark that a lot of people haven’t seen before [if he does].”
And that different Devin Clark is one who won’t care a bit if his opponent happens to get finished before it’s an official bout.
“You put your hands on me, you might not make it to the fight,” he said. “I don’t give a sh*t.”
If the bout does make it to the cage, it can be seen on ESPN+ this Saturday as the co-main event of UFC Vegas 37.
The entire audio of this interview can be heard at 2:19.