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James Head over Octagon jitters, focused on beating Papy Abedi at UFC on Fuel 2

James Head will make the journey over to Sweden for UFC on Fuel 2. The card takes place in Stockholm on April 14 where the middleweight will meet Papy Abedi. For Head, more than the experience of fighting in an exotic locale, this fight is all about getting that first win inside the Octagon.

Last year, Head was defeated by Nick Ring at UFC 131 when finding himself on the wrong side of a Rear-Naked Choke with less than 90 seconds left in the third round. Abedi is also searching for his initial UFC victory after falling to Thiago Alves in his debut.

“I think the Nick Ring fight didn’t allow me to show my full potential. I let the fight get bigger than it actually was. I used to think it was bullsh*t when people said they had Octagon jitters, but I got them. It definitely affected my performance. I’m just so anxious to get back in there and perform up to my capabilities,” said an animated Head in an interview with FightLine. “Every fight is a must-win as far as I’m concerned, and I want this win badly.”

Head had his two-fight win streak snapped by Ring and was forced to pull out of a planned pairing with John Maguire due to injury. As such, the Illinois native is itching to get back inside the Octagon

“I’m really excited about fighting overseas for the first time,” Head added, then turning back to his expectations for the bout. “I plan on putting him to sleep. One way or another, I’m looking to end this fight early. The UFC pays us to show and to win; they don’t pay us any overtime!”

UFC on Fuel 2 is headlined by a light heavyweight meeting between Thiago Silva-Alexander Gustafsson and also features bouts like Paulo Thiago vs. Siyar Bahadurzada and Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara.


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