“I’m on this crazy run and you could’ve never figured this shit out better,” Khama Worthy said when speaking with MyMMANews.
In August of 2019, Khama “The Deathstar” Worthy made his UFC debut on short notice, dispatching Devonte Smith with a 45-second knockout. Now, amid a worldwide pandemic, the UFC has done everything in their power to keep the fights flowing. Worthy was prepared to make his return to the Octagon in April at UFC 249. Unfortunately, after planning for two separate opponents, Worthy was put on the sidelines. However, another short-notice opportunity was presented to “The Deathstar” in Luis “Violent Bob Ross” Pena. With only a few days to accept, the fight was booked and Worthy’s second walk to the Octagon would be the featured prelim bout at UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Hooker.
With the stage set high, and coming into the bout as the underdog, Worthy didn’t disappoint. In the closing moments of their featured prelim bout, Worthy submitted Pena via guillotine in the third round.
“I gave myself a rating of a C, C+”, Worthy grades his performance. “I was a little comfortable with him being on my back because I’m ok with people being on my back. I made a little bit of hiccups that I can’t make in the UFC. You can’t f*cking make hiccups like that in the UFC,” Worthy critiques.
Although Worthy secured the submission win, he gives a nod to his striking in the contest over his grappling performance. “I got a little bit too creative (striking),” he says. “That’s why he was able to get the takedown. So, I stuck with the basics a little bit more.”
While critical about his performance, “The Deathstar” was all smiles when it came to dissecting the experience he gained in the contest. “The biggest thing I take is my thought process approaching fights”, Worthy says. Noting, “I got to trust my skill set and trust what I’m capable of,” he says. Going into depths about the dark places he’s been in his career, Worthy can hone that for future usage. “I can take these young guys to a place they’ve never been before” he exclaims with a deceitful grin.
Tune in above to hear Khama “The Deathstar” Worthy chat with MyMMANews, only days after his third round submission win against Luis Pena. Worthy opens up about his win, his mentality when it comes to fighting, bringing back Pride rules, his future and so much more!
Currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Wilmington University, Adam’s passion for the sport only grows stronger when a fighter’s voice can be heard. He thrives on asking detailed questions to inspire the thoughts behind the punches in hopes that each fighter can find their proper justice. Specializing in pre and post fight interviews for MyMMANews, Adam strives to keep the fight fans up to speed with the most recent and authentic MMA news possible.
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