David Teymur is trying his best to stand out in the crowded UFC lightweight division and it may be working.
The 28-year-old prospect has been an extremely entertaining and productive fighter for UFC over the past two years, turning in a 4-0 record with two finishes and a Fight of the Night performance opposite Lando Vannata. Teymur has looked more confident and more dangerous every time he steps foot inside of the Octagon and he believes he needs a step up in competition.
Now that Teymur has won a few fights and is starting to make a name for himself, he’s looking to call his own shots. Earlier this week, Teymur took aim at two UFC veterans capable of taking his career to new heights.
“The UFC is going to come soon to Ireland; maybe me and Ross Pearson would be a good fight, because he’s also from that area,” Teymur told MMAjunkie. “I am also in Europe here, so it’s close. Clay Guida would also be a good one I think. The fans are going to love it.”
While Pearson and Guida aren’t going to burst into title contention anytime soon, they remain two of the more battle-tested gatekeepers at 155 pounds. Pearson is coming off his first win in his last five Octagon appearances while Guida has turned back the clock a bit to claim back-to-back victories over Erik Koch and Joe Lauzon.
“They’re not some big idols or something like that,” Teymur said. “I just want to fight. They’re nothing more than that. All of them have good wins, so they would be good. We are in the same division, and we are close to each other in the 155-pound category. They would be good matchups.”
If Teymur can’t start to score bigger fights against greater competition he believes the sky is the limit. Casual fight fans may not know who Teymur is, but the Swedish striker is looking to change that in 2018.
“So far people love my fights,” Teymur said “It’s entertaining. Stay tuned. Don’t blind. David Teymur is coming to bring some good stuff to the table.”