Jai Herbert insists he’s ‘so hungry’ to record his first UFC win and end two-loss streak as Black Country Banger reflects on life’s slow start on the big ‘eye-opener’ stage.
- Jai Herbert looks for his first UFC win this Saturday in Las Vegas
- The Wolverhampton-born forward has yet to leave the mark on the big stage
- Herbert, 33, says his two UFC outings have been eye-opening experiences
- Faces Khama Worthy at UFC Fight Night: Costa vs Vettori
His Las Vegas experience may be a far cry from everyday life in Wolverhampton, but Jai Herbert is getting used to his new surroundings on the eve of his second UFC outing in Sin City.
‘Put it this way, it’s a lot sunnier!’ tells Sportsmail. But Vegas is amazing. It is the second time that I am in this situation, being in the hotel, going to the Apex, so I feel much more relaxed being here and that is important to me, being relaxed in this situation.
“I love Wolves to death, but Las Vegas … is amazing compared to Wolverhampton!”
Jai Herbert is on the hunt for his first UFC win this weekend against Khama Worthy
While The Black Country Banger is embracing its surroundings, its trip to Las Vegas is certainly not fun.
The former Cage Warriors lightweight champion has gotten off to a slow start to life in the UFC, losing his first two fights to Francisco Trinaldo and Renato Moicano.
Herbert reflects that those defeats have provided an eye-opening insight into mixed martial arts at the highest level.
“Those results were against the best, guys with a lot of experience, the last fight that I learned a lot,” he says.
The Wolverhampton-born fighter has lost his last two fights since switching to the UFC.
It really opened my eyes, you know, to being a mixed martial artist, not just punching, but also being a fighter.
‘I thought the boy [Moicano] he was going to come out and attack with me, but he just wanted to fight, he didn’t want to attack at all, so I remember being there and being in shock.
‘I learned from that, anything can happen there, so you have to be prepared for any situation. Now I have prepared myself for every situation. ‘
Now the focus is on the next task at hand. Herbert faces Khama Worthy this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori. The American has also suffered defeat in his last two fights, and Herbert acknowledges that his rival poses a threat.
‘The guy is dangerous, he’s fast, he’s athletic, he’s fit, he’s powerful. There are all those things that I have to keep in mind, but I feel like I’m better in every way.
Herbert, 33, says he’s ‘so hungry’ to secure his first UFC win this Saturday night in Las Vegas
“ That being said, he is a dangerous fighter so I will have to be on for the 15 minutes. ”
A flawless 15-minute performance will give Herbert a much-needed first UFC win. The 33-year-old insists he is desperate to break his duck on Saturday night.
“ Honestly, I’m so hungry to get this win, it’s all I want: to win in the UFC and show that I’m at this level. It’s one of my dreams and I’m going to have one of those dreams on Saturday night. ‘
Watch Jai Herbert vs Khama Worthy during UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: COSTA vs VETTORI on Saturday, October 23, in prime time on BT Sport 2 starting at 7 p.m. Preliminaries are live on UFC Fight Pass at starting at 6 pm