This could be a quick night at the office.
With both of his amateur and professional wins coming via stoppage, Juricic, 24, has shown his ability to finish fights, and said that’s exactly what he plans on doing Friday night.
“As a fighter, I hold the bigger edge,” said Juricic in an interview with MMA Empire.
“I know I’m going to fight him, but I don’t know if he’ll fight me. I know I’m going to finish him.”
Much like Juricic, Byrne, 33, has also shown a knack for finishing fights, in addition to his experience winning on the judges scorecards.
But this time around, Byrne said he doesn’t even expect to make it to the stool.
“I see this ending in under four minutes,” said Byrne in an interview with MMA Empire.
“I think I’ll land a big shot in the early exchanges, or he’ll give up a takedown and I’ll ground and pound into a submission.”
Four Years Improved
Juricic’s last time in the cage came way back in May 2015, a first round knockout defeat at the hands of Steve Roy at Fight Night 1.
But although it’s been a lengthy absence from competition for him, Juricic said he’s improved in all facets of MMA and athleticism.
“It’s been four years of constant improvement,” said Juricic.
“I’m four years bigger, four years stronger, and four years better.”
In the past, Modern FC has been known for their events to take place in a ring as opposed to a cage, and this event will be no different.
Juricic said he believes the ring could work in his favour, forcing Byrne to engage him more on the feet.
“I feel like there’s going to be more fighting, and less running,” said Juricic.
Big Stage Bred
With his most recent fight coming under the Prospect Fighting Championship banner and also having fought for BTC, Byrne is no stranger to the bigger stages.
Byrne said his experience performing in front of larger crowds and against tougher opponents is a factor that could work to his advantage come fight night.
“I’ve fought in front of bigger crowds, bigger venues, bigger shows, and better opponents,” said Byrne.
“I’ve got that calmness coming in, and I’m his best opponent he’s faced. This is a big jump up for him, and just another day in the office for me.”
Byrne’s last time out was a quick first round submission win over Scott Lamont at PFC 11 in September.
Other than the victory, Byrne said that fight showed him how comfortable he’s starting to become in the cage, which could spell trouble for Juricic.
“My cage comfort is starting to get up there now with the more fights I have,” said Byrne.
“I’m finally starting to be able to translate what I do in sparring and jiu-jitsu tournaments into the cage by staying calm in those exchanges, and just do what I’m supposed to do. I’m going to keep that mentality and energy and carry it into this one.”
“I’d like to thank my team Munda Jiu-Jitsu, Adrenaline MMA, my coaches (Chris Clement, Josh Russell, Stephen Molitor), and my sponsors (King Faisal Rehman, Black Diamond Bar and Grill, CAJ Investments Ltd., Flow X, RAM Specialized Logistics). Follow Byrne on social media: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM