Turcios faces fellow Fil-Am Natividad

RICKY Turcios will do just about anything to walk away with the victory over fellow Filipino-American Kevin Natividad in the undercard of UFC Fight Night - Lewis vs. Spivac on Nov. 20 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I’m ready to rock and roll. I’ll do anything to win,” Turcious, who’s of Filipino and Ecuadorian descent, said in a Zoom meeting.

The 29-year-old Turcios is eager to bounce back after suffering his first loss in the Octagon last July 9. He bowed down to Aiemann Zahabi by unanimous decision in Las Vegas.

“Every fight is always massive,” Turcios said of his upcoming fight. “This is the best shape I’ve ever been in.”

Turcios earned a UFC contract after becoming the bantamweight champion of The Ultimate Fighter 29 after beating Brady Hiestand by split decision.

Turcios is known for his awkward and unpredictable fighting style that helped him with The Ultimate Fighter 29 season.

The 29-year-old Natividad is in dire need of a win after losing both of his UFC fights. He lost to Miles Johns via a third round knockout in his Octagon debut in 2020 and then was knocked out again the following year by Batgerel Danaa. Natividad, who’s Filipino-Hawaiian, hasn’t fought for 19 months.

Turcios is 11-3, while Natividad is 9-3.

The main event features a heavyweight bout between No. 7 ranked Derrick Lewis (26-10) and No. 12 rated Serghei Spivac (14-3).

Also in the main card, Kennedy Nzechukwu (10-3) faces Ion Cutelaba (16-8-1); Chase Sherman (16-10) locks horns with unbeatean Dominican Waldo Cortes Acosta (8-0); Andre Fialho (16-5) clashes with Muslim Salikhov (18-3); and Jack Della Maddalena (12-2) squares off with Danny Roberts (18-6).