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Kurt Pellegrino: 'I want to see how great I can become on March 27'


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"I asked Joe Silva to get me someone great for my next fight, and I honestly think that I have to watch my butt with this kid. He is very slick on the floor and he is going to try to finish you when he puts you on the floor. I have to be on my A-game because nobody knows this but he's a very good striker, so he's a dangerous kid and he doesn't quit on everything he does. I took this kid more seriously than I took Josh Neer or Thiago Tavares. When it comes to my game plan, I don't mind telling people. Come in better shape than me. If you want to beat me, then come in better shape than me, because if you don't, I can go 30 minutes with no break as hard as possible. It would be a shame for me to knock him out in the first round, because I want to see how great I can become on March 27. I want to go fifteen minutes because I've never felt so good."

Re-emerging lightweight standout Kurt Pellegrino talks about his return to the Octagon in front of a hometown crowd for a 155-pound scrap against fast-rising Brazilian grappler Fabricio Camoes at the upcoming UFC 111 event from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on Saturday, March 27. After a surprise submission loss to Nate Diaz at Fight Night 13 back in April 2008,  "Batman" was able to string together three consecutive wins, including a submission victory over Rob Emerson at Fight Night 17 in February 2009 and a one-sided unanimous decision nod over the dangerous Josh Neer at UFC 101 later that year. Can a win on Saturday night vault him into title contention? Or does he need to first beat a contender like Gray Maynard?

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