Andre Petroski thought call from Mick Maynard to fight at UFC Vegas 35 was a prank

TUF 29 semifinalist Andre Petroski thought the call from UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard to fight at UFC Vegas 35 was a prank phone call. 

Pennsylvania native Andre Petroski originally didn’t think he’d be competing on the TUF 29 finale, but everything changed when he received a call from Mick Maynard.

When offered to fight fellow TUF participant Michael Gillmore, Petroski accepted with zero hesitation. Now, the two middleweights will battle it out in the spotlight of the UFC Vegas 35 main card.

With the fourth overall pick, Petroski was selected to join coach Brian Ortega’s team. The 30-year-old scored a first-round submission victory over Aaron Phillips in the quarterfinals, before succumbing to a submission from Bryan Battle in the semis.

Petroski’s immediate future was uncertain as he strolled the aisles of his local supermarket. Then, he received a call that very well might change his life.

“It was like 10 or 11 days out,” Petroski told reporters at the UFC media day. “I was in ACME, and it was like a random number from Texas usually I would never answer it — I’d be like yeah this is definitely spam. I don’t know for some reason I felt I should answer it, and he goes, hey it’s Mick Maynard just wanna know if you could make weight next week? And I was like, yeah of course. And he was like, alright we’ll be in touch. I hang up and I’m walking through the aisle like, that was definitely a prank phone call.”

Despite not having a fight booked until about a week ago, Petroski was staying in shape as he normally does.

“I’m always in the gym,” he confirmed, “Like if I miss two days, my coach is up my a**. I’m always in the gym for sure, I just wasn’t doing as much little glove sparring as I would normally do. But we’re always ready, we’re always training.”

Andre Petroski loves the Gillmore matchup stylistically

As a pro, Petroski is 5-1 with two victories by way of submission. Meanwhile, his opponent at UFC Vegas 35 has fell victim to submissions in each of his three pro defeats.

“I mean what’s not to love ya know,” he replied. “Besides the obvious of like he’s been submitted I think three times and I mean I submit the majority of my opponents. So that’s a huge factor. It’s rare I get to fight a guy who’s shorter than me for sure — especially at (1)85 — I mean what’s not to love about the matchup.”

Petroski isn’t just concerned with getting signed to the UFC. Rather, he’s entering this fight planning to stake his claim within the middleweight division.

“I’m not going out there to do backflips and stuff, but I’m here to make a statement for sure,” he affirmed. “I’m here to make a statement that says look I’m here to stay. I’m dangerous for anyone I fight and I’m the best in the world at what I do for sure.”

UFC Vegas 35 takes place on Aug. 28, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

Published at Fri, 27 Aug 2021 01:30:45 +0000

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