Boston, MA — Despite making a record-tying turnaround between fights when he takes on Mario Bautista at UFC 292 this Saturday, things have been surprisingly calm for Da’Mon Blackshear.
“It’s been chill, honestly. I’m ready to get right back in there and scrap,” Blackshear, who earned just the third Twister submission victory in UFC history last weekend, told media outlets including Cageside Press during Wednesday’s UFC 292 media day. “I got into that fight, and I had no damage and I’m ready to go again.”
By stepping up on such short notice, Blackshear finds himself in a win-win situation. “There’s no pressure in this fight whatsoever for me. I’m going in there, I’m going to have fun, but obviously I’m going in there for the win and a dominant performance.”
As for the headlines he expects to read Sunday morning, “Da’Mon makes history. TKO in the first round,” predicted Blackshear.
The turnaround Da’Mon Blackshear is making in this fight is what has stood out since it was first reported. Seven days will tie the modern era record, held by Lupita Godinez. Outside of the single-night tournaments of pre-Zuffa UFC, no one else has competed twice in such a short time span. The next closest is Khamzat Chimaev, who stepped into the octagon twice in 10 days for his first two fights with the promotion in 2020.
The weight cut, however, is not a concern for Blackshear.
“It’s pretty easy. I’m used to it. It’s a difficult cut, but I’m used to it,” he stated. “As long as I’m disciplined, then everything goes smoothly.” Should he win on Saturday, meanwhile, he’ll have a record all to himself: shortest time span between two wins. “It would be incredible,” Blackshear said of that possibility. “Making history every day.”
Could we see another Twister? If it’s there, the bantamweight might just go for it.
“It might be there. If the opportunity presents itself, I’ll definitely get a Twister.”
Watch the full UFC 292 media day appearance by Da’Mon Blackshear above.