Nik Harris will be baying for blood when he faces Brad Robinson in the ONE FC: Honour and Glory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 30. - FAIHAN GHANI/ The Star
PETALING JAYA: Two years is a long wait and Nik Harris will be baying for blood when he faces Brad Robinson in the ONE FC: Honour and Glory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 30.
Nik, who goes by the fightname “The Hound”, is in no mood for compromise in the eagerly-awaited grudge match between the welterweights after Robinson emerged victorious in their Ultimate Beatdown bout via a unanimous decision two years ago.
This time, Nik said he’ll be ready.
“I’ve been working on a lot of stuff ... I don’t want to give away too much.
“All I can say is that I’m working on becoming a well-rounded fighter and I’m really looking forward to the fight. I’m excited, it’s been a long time coming,” said Nik.
“Basically, I’m just going to go into the fight and put it all out there. He should expect anything and everything ... I’m going to throw everything at him ... including the proverbial kitchen sink.”
Nik made his ONE FC debut at the Warrior Spirit last November with a win over Zuli Silawanto (TKO) to extend his professional fight record to 5-2.
And the 25-year-old, who is currently riding a three-match winning streak, would love nothing more than to make it four in a row by bagging a win over the Singapore-based Robinson.
“I’ve got to go into this fight with a clear mind. Last time (at Warrior Spirit), the bright lights and atmosphere just got to me, it like killed off 15% of my cardio. This time, I’m going in with a calm, relaxed state of mind and with calculated aggression,” said Nik, who signed with ONE FC last year.
However, being the only Malaysian on the fight card, which also features the debut of top welterweight fighter Ben Askren against Azerbaijan’s Bakhtiyar Abbasov in the main event, Nik is feeling the pressure to do himself and the country proud.
“The funny thing is that the first time we fought, it was at a smaller venue, under a smaller platform ... and we’re both in ONE FC now.
“In that fight, he was the foreigner who picked up the win and the irony is that this time the fight’s in his backyard and I’m the foreigner gunning for an upset,” said the freestyle fighter.
“There’s a lot on the line for me in this fight. There’s my ego, I want to win. I love to fight generally ... but I also found out that a lot of people are excited about the fight.
“It’s Malaysia versus Singapore, which always excites people. So, I’m also fighting for my country and I’m really pumped.”