UFC Vegas 52: Ike Villanueva Looking to “Steal that Shine” From Tyson Pedro

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Vinicius Moreira and Ike Villanueva, UFC Fight Island 8ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 20: (R-L) Ike Villanueva punches Vinicius Moreira of Brazil successful a airy heavyweight combat during the UFC Fight Night lawsuit astatine Etihad Arena connected UFC Fight Island connected January 20, 2021 successful Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Coming disconnected back-to-back losses, UFC airy heavyweight Ike Villanueva knows his UFC Vegas 52 opponent, Tyson Pedro, has each the hype.

Pedro, who past fought successful 2018, is besides coming disconnected 2 consecutive losses. But yet returning to enactment aft overcoming a superior injury, the momentum is connected his side. And Villanueva (18-13) is looking to bargain that hype.

“I’m warring this young kid, coming disconnected ACL surgery. He’s got each the hype. Let’s go, man,” a intelligibly enthused Villanueva told The Top Turtle Podcast connected Cageside Press up of the fight.

“Hurricane” Ike understands precisely what it means to instrumentality from ACL surgery, arsenic Pedro is doing. “I’ve been an jock each my life. Football, rugby, I’ve played the toughest sports. He’s coming disconnected 1 of the ugliest injuries anyone tin travel disconnected of, coming disconnected an ACL injury. For a kicker. God bless the dude, helium came back, helium spot down, he’s coming backmost successful to action. But hey man, he’s biting the bone, and helium threw the bony astatine the incorrect dog. Because hey, this feline don’t backmost up, man. I’m looking guardant to— I’m going to conscionable him successful the middle, and let’s spell to work. Because helium has each the hype.”

Part of that hype stems from Pedro grooming with chap Australian heavyweight Tai Tuivasa, but Villanueva likes to punctual radical that “He is not Tai. He trains with Tai Tuivasa, but helium is not Tai.”

“Tai Tuivasa’s a atrocious dude, I’ll springiness it to him,” Villanueva acknowledged. Regardless of size oregon physique, “he brings it. That’s my style, I’m the aforesaid way. Let’s get down to grit, and let’s propulsion down.”

But again, Pedro isn’t Tai, and arsenic Ike Villanueva sees it, “This combat is simply a combat for maine to bargain that shine, and truly travel up with this fight. So I look guardant to truly putting connected a show.”

He besides knows it’s important to bounce backmost aft immoderate bumps successful the roadworthy to commencement his tally with the organization. “My UFC career, I had immoderate B.S. I telephone it B.S., sh*t didn’t spell my way. But I tin truly crook it astir with this. When I fought [Marcin] Prachnio, archetypal punch I threw astatine Prachnio, I broke his world. And I truly had that combat and I fto that combat gaffe away. So I’ve truly got to wound down and truly bring that pain. Tyson, he’s going to effort to shoot, oregon he’s going to propulsion the caput kick. Which ever one, I’ll beryllium acceptable for it. I’m looking guardant to putting connected a show.”

Ike Villanueva faces Tyson Pedro astatine UFC Vegas 52 this Saturday, April 23, 2022 astatine the Apex successful Las Vegas.

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