Interview with Tafon Nchukwi above
Tafon “Da Don” Nchukwi returns to action on May 8 against Jun Yong Park at UFC on ESPN: Waterson vs. Rodriguez.
Nchukwi is coming off a unanimous decision win over Jaime Pickett in his UFC debut. It was the first time Nchukwi has gone to the judges’ scorecards in his short professional career.
“It was a good showcase,” Nchukwi told MYMMAnews. “It showed everyone that even without putting people out, I can still go; I still got more to do. I have other plans than just knocking people out. Even though plan A of knocking people out is my favorite.”
His opponent Park is coming off a very dominant performance against John Phillips. Nchukwi is fully expecting a tough fight but believes he will come out the victor.
When asked if he expects Park to come out a wrestle him, like he did Phillips, Nchukwi laughed and said yes.
“Yeah, that’s definitely what I’m expecting him to come and make it a wrestling match and try and take me down. I’m ready for that. I’m prepared; I saw what he did to the last guy. I’m not going to be that guy, haha. I’m going to take my time with him,” Nchukwi said.
Park has never been knocked out in his career, and “Da Don” is looking to be the first one to accomplish that.
“I’m definitely looking to be the one to do that [knock Park out] to anyone in front of me. I know he’s going to be at the top of his game; I’m going to be there on the top of my game too. I definitely plan to put him out.”
Check out the rest of the interview above, where Tafon Nchukwi talks about his weight cut, training camp, why African fighters are dominating, and UFC Africa in 2022.
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