On Saturday's main card of UFC Fight Night 211 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Yusuff faces Shainis (12-3 MMA, 5-0 UFC) for the first time. Check out ESPN+ to watch the fight live.
Shainis has won the first round three times in a row, but he plans to wear Yusuff down slowly.
“I think he’s a clean striker,” Shainis said.
“I think he slows down, and I think I’m a grinder and I’m gonna make this ugly.”
“I’m coming out the woodwork. I’m coming out of left field, so no one knows what to expect from me. Everyone’s looking at my paper stats which don’t mean sh*t, and I’m coming out here and I’m coming to grind and get my hand raised.”
“You think I came here to lose? I didn’t put in 10 years’ worth of work to lose,” Shainis said.
“Losing happens, one of us is gonna lose, but I didn’t come all this way just to come this way, so my stock doesn’t go down regardless. This is win-win for me, f*ck it, but I’m here to win, don’t get it twisted.”