The highly-anticipated return of Brandt Dewsbery has arrived.
Lethbridge, Alta.’s Dewsbery (15-3-1) will step back into the cage for the first time since 2015 when he meets Edmonton, Alta.’s KB Bhullar (9-3) in a 195-pound catchweight bout at Unified MMA 42 on Friday night in Edmonton.
Despite this being his first fight in over six years, Dewsbery, 30, said he expects he and Bhullar to possess similar skillsets once they’re in the cage, but that the winner will be the most mentally strong.
“I think we matchup well and we’re both tall, lanky fighters,” said Dewsbery in an interview with MMA Empire.
“I think it’ll just come down to who’s tougher mentally and who’s willing to grind it out. And I believe that will be me.”
When Dewsbery initially put a halt to his fighting career he was on a five-fight win streak and was widely considered one of the best Canadian welterweight prospects at the time.
In regards to his decision to take a step away from fighting, Dewsbery said it was just a matter of the lifestyle he and his family desired not including fighting.
“I knew if I ever wanted to get ahead in life I had to make some sacrifices, and that came with setting fighting aside,” said Dewsbery.
Having competed primarily at 170 pounds throughout his career, Dewsbery will have less of a weight cut to worry about in his return as he and Bhullar are contracted for 195 pounds.
Dewsbery said he expects the heavier weight to benefit him in every aspect of the fight.
“I’m just seeing more what my body can do at a natural weight. I just feel like my body performs better, responds better and everything just starts connecting and working,” said Dewsbery.
“I just feel like I’ll be stronger, smoother and just more technical.”
Throughout his career, Dewsbery has faced no shortage of tough opponents, including the likes of Miles Anstead, Chase Maxwell and Ryan Dickson.
Dewsbery isn’t easing his way back into action as he will take on the first UFC veteran of his career in Bhullar.
“He’s definitely established himself as a good fighter and someone that likes to bring it,” said Dewsbery.
“He’s really good standing up, he’s got a pretty good ground game and comes from a well-respected gym that has a bunch of killers in there. He’s a tough opponent, a good challenge for myself and a fight that will be fun.”
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