Sydney, Australia – Coming off a loss UFC lightweight Jamie Mullarkey looks to rebound, but this time at home in Sydney against John Makdessi at UFC 293 on Saturday night.
“Always would rather win, but it’s lit a big fire under me for this fight,” Mullarkey told reporters on Wednesday.
“The camp’s been a good strong camp. I’ve been motivated every single day thinking about that last loss so I’ve really kicked it up a gear this camp.”
He draws Makdessi a veteran of 19 UFC bouts out of the famed TriStar Gym in Canada.
“Super excited man. Super excited and a real honor to be sharing the cage with him. He’s a G. He’s a G in the sport, tons of experience, tons of skill, so yeah it was really one that made me go ‘woah’,” he said.
Makdessi is no spring chicken anymore, but it’s hard to deny that the experience factor will be something that Mullarkey will have to deal with in the cage. He knows Makdessi will try to get him to make mistakes in the cage.
“I think it’ll be him trying to frustrate me to be honest. I think it’ll be him trying to use his skill and his fight experience to frustrate me, lead me into traps,” said Mullarkey.
“So we’ve been working hard. We’ve had some great kickboxers, great bodies in for this camp, and I’m really excited to show the levels I’ve come up.”
Watch the entire media day scrum with Jamie Mullarkey above. He takes on John Makdessi at UFC 293 on Saturday night.