Streaking UFC featherweight prospect Makwan Amirkhani has certainly proven himself to be one of the hottest rising stars on the UFC’s roster as he has gone 3-0 in the UFC, with two of his wins being first round finishes.
With his 8 second flying knee KO of Andy Ogle immortalized on UFC highlight reels, Amirkhani’s star power over in his home country of Finland is without a doubt rather high, so high that he believes that he can hold out from fighting after this Saturday until the UFC visits Finland.
He spoke to MMAJunkie ahead of his scrap with Arnold Allen this Saturday on ‘UFC Fight Night: London’, to discuss the situation:
“The only time I will fight after this fight, the only fight that I will take, is if the UFC comes to Finlan. I’ve been waiting for that since the UFC in Stockholm (when I made my debut). I can imagine in my head how many Finnish flags I would see there and how the home crowd will be so excited and emotional. I know the tickets would be selling within hours. I want to experience that. If they will say the next one in Finland, then I will take the fight.”
The UFC has of course released their international schedule through the remainder of the year, and Finland is not on the list of countries that the promotion will be visiting in 2017. That of course may not bother Amirkhani, who took 13 months off after his last fight:
“I just wanted to enjoy my life,” Amirkhani said. “I was on the road away from my family and friends for a long time, and I needed that. I’m young, and I want to enjoy my life at the same time when I work. That’s the main reason why I didn’t fight for a year.”
By the sound of things, Amirkhani isn’t too concerned with the thought of sitting out.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/16/2017.