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Rob Font on long-awaited return: ‘I’ve been here. I’ve done this.’

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Eighteen months after knocking out George Roop in his UFC debut at UFC 175, bantamweight Rob Font gets a second chance to dazzle inside the UFC Octagon.

Taking on fellow New Englander and former training partner Joey Gomez at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 81 event in Boston, Font (11-1) recognizes the enormity of it all. The ring rust. The local crowd. The familiar foe. The 10-fight winning streak in tow.

For Font, it all adds up to either one major disappointment or one praiseworthy triumph.

“The anxiousness might be an issue,” Font told MMAFighting.com. “I gotta just calm down. If I feel myself doing too much, I mean, I know my coaches. They’ll let me know to chill out, pull back, and get it together. I don’t foresee myself going out there and going crazy. But if I do, I know my corner will check me real fast.

“Everybody’s asking me, ‘Oh, how do you feel about fighting in your hometown with all the pressure?’ And I’m like, ‘Listen. I’ve been doing this since I started. It’s nothing new. There’s going to be a couple more people watching at the arena. But I experienced that in Vegas. That was probably one of the biggest events of 2014. I’ve been here. I’ve done this.’ I actually felt better in Vegas with all those people than I did on the local scene.”

After Font’s original opponent, Patrick Williams, bowed out of their UFC Fight Night 81 matchup with an injury, the UFC booked Joey Gomez, an undefeated local bantamweight sporting a 6-0 record, all via knockout. When Font received the news, some mixed emotions followed.

Gomez previously helped Font prepare for a CES MMA title fight against Chris Foster in 2013, and the two share the same strength and conditioning coach, Mike ….View full article

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