“This is my fifth Thanksgiving I haven’t really sat down and ate a good plate,” he said. “I’m always fighting around the holidays and it sucks. I don’t even believe in Thanksgiving no more. (Laughs) I pretty much make an appearance, say what’s up, I hide from everybody and then I just go to the gym and hang out.”
It’s the fighter’s life, and one the 32-year-old from Woburn still embraces because despite 2019 not working out as he expected, the year’s not over yet, and if he can issue Simon the kind of defeat Urijah Faber handed him in July, that’s ending on a high note and maybe even worth missing some turkey and pernil at Thanksgiving.
“I do want to crack him, get him into that familiar space where he gets hit and it brings him back to that Faber fight,” said Font. “But he’s tough and he’s gonna be there for three rounds, so if I crack him early, it’s gonna be shot for shot; if not, I’m ready for three rounds.”
He’s also ready for a more than active 2020.
“(UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) told me he’ll keep me busy, so I’m hoping to put this kid away and get right back in there as soon as possible,” he said. “I’ll be ready for the next card (UFC 245) the next week if anybody falls out in the Jose Aldo-Marlon Moraes or Urijah Faber-Petr Yan fights. Obviously I don’t want anything to happen to those fights, but if it does, I’m the guy to call.”
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