Las Vegas, NV – UFC bantamweight Jay Perrin is fine taking on up-and-comer Raul Rosas Jr at UFC 282 on Saturday night, in fact, he had no problem with it at all.
“Nope not at all. The way that I saw it was is that everybody’s got a hype train on them. Like I said I have respect for the skill that Raul has. I saw it as an opportunity. It is an opportunity for me because 18 or not people are watching. Hate me, love me, you’re going to watch,” Perrin told Cageside Press among other media on Wednesday.
“That’s really it. There’s a lot of hype behind the kid, maybe when I beat him, it won’t all be stolen but I’ll take a little bit of it. That’ll be a good launching point for me. It’s a big PPV, it’s the last one of the year, people are going to be watching. All eyes on me, in the words of Tupac.”
Perrin (10-6) comes into UFC 282 on a two-fight losing streak to start his UFC run off. He was given no favors when he got matched up with two of the best bantamweights in the division, but now he gets a young fighter with a lot of hype behind him coming off Dana White’s Contender Series.
“This is (my) opportunity to show people how good you are against an opponent that I really do match up quite well with. All the people in the betting lines can shove it is what they can do. I kind of figured I know why they picked me. It’s a mistake. I know I wasn’t he first choice, and I shouldn’t have been the third, fourth or fifth choice,” Perrin said.
“I think it’s an opportunity for me to show the world what I am, who I am, and how complete I am.”
Watch the entire media day scrum with Jay Perrin above. Perrin takes on Raul Rosas Jr in the prelim portion of UFC 282 on Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.