Following a loss in his UFC debut in 2012, bantamweight Mitch Gagnon has put things together and is currently riding a three-fight winning streak.
In the first two fights of the streak, Gagnon was able to finish Walel Watson and Dustin Kimura, but in his last bout against Tim Gorman in April, he went to a decision for the first time in five years.
“It wasn’t one of my better performances, I don’t think,” said Gagnon of the Gorman fight. “I felt flat and you saw it in my game, but being able to go the distance and show the fans and critics that I could go all three rounds and get the win was a positive.
“I pride myself on going in there and entertaining, and it wasn’t the most entertaining bout I’ve been in, but overall there are some positives in that fight and that’s what I’m building off of.”
Originally, Gagnon (11-2) was to make his return to the UFC this Saturday in Halifax, Canada, against Aljamain Sterling and then later Rob Font, but will now have to face late replacement Roman Salazar (9-2) instead.
“It’s part of the fight game,” said Gagnon of the changes in opponent. “At the end of the day you can’t really predict if (a game plan for a specific opponent) is going to work or not. I’ve trained hard in this camp and am really motivated and at this point I don’t care who they put in front of me.
“I’m not worried about what (Salazar) is going to do, I’m worried about what I’ve worked on and what I believe that I’m capable of bringing into the fight.”
While Gagnon is not overly concerned with what Salazar is going to do on Saturday night, he knows he can’t underestimate his opponent and has to be ready for anything if he wants to continue his winning ways.
“I’m not taking anything away from the kid, I know he’s talented, but he’s making his debut and I’m on a three-fight winning streak, so I don’t think he’ll really bring much to the table,” said Gagnon.
“I know it will be a tough test. I know he’s coming in and trying to take away the momentum I’ve been working on, so I’m definitely going to be on point Saturday.”