Jason Saggo is trying to follow his recipe for success as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career.
Saggo (9-1) makes his UFC debut tonight when he meets Josh Shockley (11-2-0) at UFC 174 in Vancouver. The 28-year-old Grand Tracadie resident is trying to not put any extra pressure on himself as he prepares to enter the UFC octagon for the first time.
“I just treat it like another fight,” he told The Guardian during a break in training this week in Vancouver. “It’s just the same things, just on a bigger scale.”
Saggo said he remains focused on what it would take to be successful tonight.
“It’s about choosing the right technique for the right time,” he said. “You have to be sharp everywhere.”
Saggo arrived in Vancouver late Tuesday night after a day of flying. He said the past few weeks have included a lot of sacrifices to get in the best shape of his life.
“I’m feeling strong,” he said. “All those nagging injuries are starting to heal up.”
Saggo’s repertoire includes boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling. The Bolton, Ont., native moved to the Island a year ago to continue training with coach Paul Abel at Wulfrun MMA in Clyde River. Saggo will be the first Island resident to compete for the UFC.
He said the support from across the Island has been great and has helped him push to improve for the fight.
Sam’s Family Restaurant in Cornwall will be showing the fights beginning at 7 p.m.