Canada’s Jesse Arnett is looking to add yet another strap to his growing collection.
There is a compounded confidence for Arnett, 37, here after having visited the desert multiple times for prior competitive efforts with UAE Warriors.
The Canadian combatant has also recently been getting in work with names such as Robbie Lawler and Nate Marquardt at Sanford MMA, training sessions that paid dividends leading into this November competition for Arnett.
“Good times in Florida. I can’t say enough good things about Sanford MMA. Henri Hooft is a good dude. Just being around that room gave me lots of confidence. A lot of good training partners there. It was a good time. I managed to rattle all those fights off doing good work in Canada. It was nice to finally get down to an actual camp and get some MMA in every day,” said Arnett in an interview with MMA Empire.
“We were doing mixed martial arts training, where in Canada I sometimes struggled to get partners to do jiu-jitsu, boxing, wrestling. Well, I didn’t do much wrestling. It was a struggle sometimes putting it together, so it was nice to have whole mixed martial arts training. Yeah, being around Robbie Lawler and my man Nate Marquardt is actually coming out to corner me. Curtis Demarce is here to corner me.”
The list of elite-level talent putting in work at Sanford MMA on a daily basis is endless, one of which is the most recent challenger for the UFC lightweight title.
Arnett said he was working with Michael Chandler steadily in this camp as they both ready to compete on the same day.
“If anything, that six weeks that I had in South Florida has given me a lot of confidence. It was super cool to be in a room with Robbie Lawler and Michael Chandler. There’s so many guys there. Everybody’s working hard, everybody has the same goal,” said Arnett.
“There’s no ego, everybody is happy every day. It was great to be in that environment. Yeah, Chandler’s got a tough fight with (Justin) Gaethje. Robbie Lawler fought (Nick) Diaz early in my camp there. Both good guys for my confidence level. Felt good to be around these world-beaters. Excited to be part of the squad.”
Leading up to this contest, Arnett has won and defended titles for three different organizations, one of which was a featherweight title.
Arnett’s history as a belt collector is well-documented, but this upcoming bout could yield a golden keepsake for him that is the most valuable of his combat career so far.
“To be honest, this is the biggest fight for me. When I win this belt, I would be satisfied with my career. I don’t know how many fights I have left to be honest. I’m excited for Saturday night. This will be a stamp on the resume,” said Arnett.
“It’s a big event over a big opponent. Definitely ranks up there as one of my biggest wins. I’m excited to get in there and showcase my skills again.”