The fact that the UFC continues putting Harry Hunsucker in fights against competitors from Australia and New Zealand amuses him.
The main event of UFC 278, which takes place this Saturday at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, pits Hunsucker (7-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) against Tyson Pedro. When the preliminary rounds are concluded on ABC/ESPN and the early prelims on ESPN+, the main card will air on pay-per-view.
The Australian Pedro (8-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will be Hunsucker’s third opponent from Down Under. The Kentucky native lost to Tai Tuivasa and Justin Tafa in his UFC debuts.
“Man, they’re all tough fights,” Hunsucker told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at Wednesday’s UFC 278 media day. “If you end up here, every fight you’re going to get in is tough. It’s obviously a tough matchup. I don’t know what Australia and New Zealand (have) got against me, but I’m not the man to say no. If anybody’s known me my whole life, I’m not the guy to say no to anything. I step up any time they ask me. I’ve never said no, and you can ask Mick Maynard that. I’ve never said no, no matter the case, so it is what it is.
“I just want to know what the hell is going on, man. We couldn’t get anybody else? Australia is the only place they could find me a fight from? Again, it is what it is. It doesn’t matter who they are or who they’re from, I’ve never said no to a fight my whole life.”
“I don’t care,” Hunsucker said. “It doesn’t matter, at the end of the day. I’m going to come out, put on my best performance that you guys have ever seen me, and I’m going to shock the world – I promise you.”
Hunsucker is not feeling any pressure to win Saturday, despite having lost his first two octagon fights and looking for his first UFC victory.