CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Considering he has four kids and a desire to fight six times a year, Niko Price’s pre-fight quote seemingly works on two levels: “I’m down to bang, man.”
Price (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), 28, meets fellow welterweight George Sullivan (17-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC on FOX 27 fight card. It closes out the UFC Fight Pass-streamed early prelims prior to additional bouts on FS1 and FOX at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.
It’s Price’s first fight since a late-October submission setback to Vicente Luque, which spoiled Price’s perfect 10-0 mark. However, Price said he didn’t balk at a fairly quick around. In fact, three months between fights may even be too long for him.
What does he want?
“I’ll take six a year. What’s up?” he told MMAjunkie earlier this week. “Hell yeah, give me one every two months. I’m down to bang, man. I’ve got four kids at the house. I need to feed them.”
Are those kids OK with his busy schedule and chosen profession?
“Honestly, they just walk around fighting each other,” he said. “So you might have four more UFC fighters coming here in the future.”
For real, though? Would Price, who earned a “Performance of the Night” TKO win over Alan Jouban prior to his Luque loss, support his kids if they want to follow in his career footsteps?
“I was told I shouldn’t do this my whole life and that I can’t do this in my town, so whenever someone tells me that, it’s like … ” Price said (before making some strange noises, it seems, meant to convey he dismissed them). “And my kids, they have all the options in the world. They can do whatever they want. I support them 100 percent. If they want to fight like daddy, let’s go. I’ll take you to the gym myself and teach you what we know.”
As for the fight against Sullivan, Price isn’t worried about how his first career setback will affect him. Defeats happen, he said. The key is to bounce back.
“It’s just a loss,” he said. “It doesn’t define what I am.”view original article >>