Julian Erosa plans to give octagon newcomer Fernando Padilla a rude welcome at UFC Fight Night 223

LAS VEGAS – Julian Erosa plans to give Fernando Padilla a rough welcome to the octagon at UFC Fight Night 223.

Erosa (27-10 MMA, 6-6 UFC), who has competed a dozen times under the UFC banner, will take on debuting featherweight Padilla (14-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on Saturday’s main card at the UFC Apex, which streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN2.

There’s a big discrepancy in experience between the two, and Erosa said he intends to use it to his advantage.

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“Not only is it his debut, but he hasn’t fought for a couple years,” Erosa told MMA Junkie and other reporters during Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 223 media day. “To fight a guy like me is not a fun out for anyone’s debut. I’m 6-6 in the UFC, so I’m a 50/50 record, but it’s the experience that comes behind it.”

To hear more from Erosa, watch the video above for his complete UFC Fight Night 223 media day interview.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC Fight Night 223.


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