Howard: I am coming at Hall ‘hard and fast’
Next Saturday Boston native John “Doomsday” Howard fights in the UFC for the first time since 2011, at UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen, in Boston. His opponent is ‘The TUF Beast’ Uriah Hall. Hall’s striking is so ferocious he sent a stream of opponent’s on TUF, but someone who will stand and fight is exactly what Howard is hoping for.
“Coming back to the UFC in my hometown, it doesn’t get any better than that,” Howard told Bleacher Report. “I’m so happy and proud, and appreciate the opportunity to fight in front of my hometown. The Boston Garden—people call it the TD Garden—but it’s the Boston Garden to me, and I’m excited to fight there.
“I’m excited, man. I’m pumped up to be fighting in front of my hometown, friends and family. It’s a dream come true and I can’t wait.
“It’s been hard work. I’ve been grinding, fighting, and just getting stuff done right. There hasn’t been anything easy about it, but it has all been worthwhile. It just shows that hard work pays off and I’m so happy the UFC gave me a second chance to show what I can do. I know I belong in the UFC and it feels good to be coming back. I’ve been working so hard, and now that I am coming back to the UFC, I’m so happy. It’s a dream come true and I’m ready.”
“It’s going to be a great fight. He’s a good striker and I’m also a good striker. I want to see what he throws at me and what he comes with because I’m coming at him hard and fast. I don’t get in there to play games. I can’t wait for this fight. I know he brings it and I’m going to bring it. It’s going to be a great fight.
“Experience is a big factor on my side because it’s something you can’t duplicate. I’m going to use my experience to my advantage and take it to him. I’m going to see what he does in there. I know he trains with some of the best guys in the world, but training with the best guys and fighting the best guys are two different things. I’m going to see what he brings, but if I have to make adjustments I will, and I’ll keep moving forward.”