Max Rohskopf (5-0) will officially make his UFC debut this Saturday when he steps in on short notice to replace Joe Solecki, and face Austin Hubbard (11-4) in a lightweight bout at the UFC Apex.
This announcement seemed inevitable as Rohskopf has been one of the most highly touted prospects in the country for some time now. The former North Carolina State standout wrestler has been running through his opponents — most recently a first-round submission victory over Paulo Silva at Titan FC 59.
Max isn’t letting this opportunity get to his head as he knows the hardest of work is still ahead of him. “Obviously this is exciting but it’s no reason to celebrate,” said Rohskopf. “If I just make it to the UFC and that’s it, I’ll be really disappointed, so to me it’s just a stepping stone. I’m happy and excited but everyone is congratulating me and I haven’t done sh*t yet”.
There were rumors swirling after Max tweeted on June 9th that he wanted a fight at 170 and an injury was hampering him. He cleared that up and explained he’s good on both accounts. “I’ve been in the gym every single day almost my whole life and that’s also the reason I can make weight so easy. I was 164 earlier after I trained a little bit,” so it’s clear that the weight cut will not be an issue for Rohskopf.
The lightweight standout has been a huge prospect for quite some time and a good majority of people have been saying it’s just a matter of time until he is in the UFC. We asked Max if he has any extra pressure on him or nerves leading into his debut fight for the biggest promotion in the world. “I feel it right now and I feel it before all of my fights, I always feel pressure before, but I’ve been competing for so long that I know how to turn it off before I compete”. Max went on to explain how he thinks his nerves will be come fight night. “I think you guys are gonna see a really calm, relaxed, composed 5-0 fighter like you’ve never seen before”.
This fight with Hubbard is definitely an interesting one. Max gave us his thoughts on how their skill sets match up. “I think its a good matchup, I do think that all of the questions out there about me not being able to go past the first round and the cardio issues, and him having good cardio, it’s an intriguing fight and I really do think that we might the steal the show, and its the first fight”. Although this fight is close in the betting odds, Max said he believes he will submit Hubbard on Saturday night and get his hand raised in his UFC debut.
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