Those are lofty expectations, sure, but it’s understandable, given Culibao’s track record outside of the promotion. The 26-year-old entered the UFC with a 7-0 record with five finishes, and he looked much more comfortable and dangerous against Jourdain. 

That ease of mind, combined with his dedication to consistent training, has Culibao chomping at the bit to put Nuerdanbieke away, and, in a way, place his foe in a similar position as he was after making his own debut.  

“I’m not expecting him to have the UFC jitters or get caught up in the bright lights,” he said. “I’m expecting a tough fight, a fit guy, but it’s just unlucky he has to have his debut against me.”