When Darrell Horcher tweeted that he’d fight anyone in the UFC at any time, he didn’t expect to be offered Khabib Nurmagomedov on nine days’ notice.
“When I said I’d fight anybody on any notice, obviously there’s a better matchup you can have on nine days’ notice than Khabib himself,” Horcher said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I try to keep to my word, if I tweet about it, or say I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it.”
Horcher (12-1) and his management set the bait expecting that the UFC would get someone else to fight the 22-0 Nurmagomedov, who needed an opponent at UFC on FOX 19 when Tony Ferguson dropped out last week. He figured his best bet to get a UFC fight would be to sub for whomever ended up fighting Nurmagomedov.
“My thought was, we’d throw my hat in the ring for Khabib, they would pull somebody else for him, and hey, maybe that would give me my chance at that gentleman’s opponent,” Horcher said. “I thought, ‘ehh, maybe they’ll put someone more experienced in with Khabib, then they’ll throw me in there with another guy.'”
Instead, Horcher, who works for a sheet metal company in Pennsylvania while also racking up win after win on the regional circuit, found out he got the biggest possible fight for this Saturday night in Tampa.
“I didn’t even think about it at all until they called me and said I had it,” he said. “They called and said you got a fight in the UFC.”
The bout will be contested at a 160-pound catchweight, an allowance for Horcher, who wasn’t training for a fight and had gotten up to 181 pounds. He’s doing his best to scramble to prepare for the fight.
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