Perez, though he is coming off a trio of losses, has a reputation for entertaining and grueling scraps, which is exactly what Lungiambula is looking for in this fight. In his mind, it’s the perfect opportunity to get back on track and gain some traction in the light heavyweight division.

“I expect a good fight. I know Markus, he’s a good fighter. He’s one of the top opponents I was looking for to challenge myself and see my level… I’m looking for the finish. I’m really looking for this finish.”

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To sharpen his skill set, Lungiambula traveled to the United States for his fight camp, splitting time with his coaches as well as the crew at Xtreme Couture. It was a necessary move for Lungiambula, who feels like he can now settle into his status as a UFC fighter as he approaches his third fight in the promotion.

He’s also excited to fight in front of a crowd, as Ethiad Arena in Abu Dhabi is allowing a limited number of fans inside. While he never fought on a card without fans, he is eager to feel that energy again and share the energy of combat sports with people outside of those directly involved with the fight.