Watch above: The UFC will host its first ever event in Saskatoon Sunday. The headliner features a battle between two of the top featherweights in the world and luckily for fans, both have a history of bringing the crowd to its feet.
SASKATOON – Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) fans are in for a treat Sunday at Saskatoon’s SaskTel Centre. The headliner features Hawaii’s Max Holloway against Brazil’s Charles Oliveira.
Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira will headline UFC fight night Saskatoon.
Both fighters are explosive and love to put on a show.
“It’s going to be a great fight, I think that he’s a great fighter, he’s good on his feet, he’s good on the ground and I’ve said that before. You have to respect his overall skills but it’s going to be the fight of the night for sure,” said Oliveira’s interpreter.
“I got to take it like any other fight, can’t let the nerves build up,” said Holloway.
Hawaii’s Holloway is a pure striker. Meanwhile, Brazil’s Oliveira is a submission artist.
Both fighters are confident in their own ability but have respect for their opponent.
“I got to respect him. I heard some comments, media keep telling me he made some comments about my jiu-jitsu … but that’s like me saying his stand-up ain’t so sharp,” said Holloway.
“I’m a striker, he’s a grappler, it is what it is. So, I respect everything in this guy’s game.”
Watch below: UFC fighters Max Holloway and Chad Laprise ready for UFC fight night in Saskatoon taking place Sunday.
“You got to respect his stand-up, I’ve worked a lot on it too. I think that my stand-up is up to par with that but I have to respect his stand-up as much as he’s got to respect my ground game,” said Oliveira’s interpreter.
The stakes will be high on Sunday night. Both fighters are riding win streaks and are ranked inside the top 7 in the featherweight division. A win for either athlete will bring them one step closer to a title shot.
“It’s a make you or break you fight. You lose in the UFC, it’s a hard loss, you start from the bottom again so it’s a big fight for me and Oliveira,” said Holloway.
“We’ll see who wants it more.”
Doors at SaskTel Centre for the “Sunday Fight Night” open at 3 p.m. and preliminary bouts start at 4 p.m.