“I think the fact that he didn’t fight for almost two or three years, he might have some ring rust. I visualize the fight starting with him rushing me just to impose the rhythm because he will be stressed or whatever, but I’m the better man here, so I just want to find the calm in the chaos, and I’ll do that,” Barriault said of his opponent. “I really think that the matchup against Abu Azaitar is the right matchup for me at this time. He is a powerful brawler; he likes to fight, and he marches forward. I just want to be myself and impose the rhythm and just be composed and patient and let everything loose to get the job done.”

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The ups and downs of the job have shaped Barriault into a different fighter and he is confident that those experiences will give him the advantage against Azaitar.

“My mindset will be my biggest strength. I’m already a powerful guy, I can take some shots and I can give some shots,” Barriault said. “I’m just going to go in there and show him what kind of animal I am.”