Kultar Gill is preparing to celebrate his 40th birthday in style.
Gill, 39, will turn 40 years old three weeks after the fight and said he saw this as a perfect opportunity to ring in his 40’s and step in the ring one last time.
“I want to celebrate my 40th birthday like no man has ever done before,” said Gill in an interview.
“You’re never too old to follow your dreams. I’m not a man who will go to his death bed saying I wish I did this, I wish I did that. I do whatever the f*** I want, whenever I want. And I want to fight.”
Not only will Gill be headlining the event, but he is also the promoter and the face of Mamba Fight Night.
But despite competing on the card, Gill said he will still be fulfilling all his regular duties as the promoter, and will not start warming up for his fight until four minutes before.
“I am the event. I have to do everything,” said Gill.
“Day of the event, at the event, after the event. I am the event. I am Mamba,” said Gill.
Throughout his career, Gill has been known for his elite striking, having competed in K-1 and Dream for a large portion of his career.
With Ruiz having nearly 60 fights to his name, including plenty of barn burners, Gill is expecting this fight to be one to remember.
“Anthony’s coming to break my face, and I’m looking to break his face. Let’s see who wins,” said Gill.
“He’s a warrior, I’m a warrior. Let’s go to war.”
Ruiz, 41, will be walking into an arena packed with a crowd rooting for their hometown hero in Gill.
But in 59 career fights, Ruiz has done so on several occasions and said he always shows respect to the crowd and their fighters and, in the end, the fans will take a liking to him as well.
“Every time I fight overseas, not one person there wants me to win. But throughout the fight and before the fight, I keep my composure, I’m a gentleman, and I tend to say and do the right things, so people like me,” said Ruiz in an interview.
“At the end, even if I win, they’re still going to cheer for me out of respect. I’m not going to disrespect them or their country. I don’t fight out of anger. I’m a gentleman, even in the ring.”
Despite his age, Ruiz has remained active in the cage over the past several years, including three bouts in the Bellator cage.
With Gill not having competed since 2012 and Ruiz having fought 11 times in that span, Ruiz said he believes him remaining active and Gill coming off a long layoff will play a major role in this fight.
“He hasn’t been in that grind. Once you get out of the gym like that, it’s hard to get back in your rhythm,” said Ruiz.
“In my eyes, the most important factor is knowing he hasn’t been in the gym like I have in the past few years.”
Ruiz said he’s well aware of and respects the threat Gill poses in the striking department, which is something he’s going to be wary of early in the fight.
But he said he knows Gill’s cardio isn’t going to be at the same level as his, so he’s going to look to tire him out and work for the finish that way.
“I’m going to stand and bang with him in the beginning, I’m going to impose my will, and I’m going to keep pressure on him, either in the corner of the ring or take him down and wear him out,” said Ruiz.
“I’m feeling like it’ll end in a second round submission, and it’ll be from him getting tired and him being exhausted.”
“I’d like to thank Kultar for bringing me on and 51FIFTY Energy Drinks.”