주요 콘텐츠로 건너뛰기
Armen Petrosyan reacts after his knockout victory over Kaloyan Kolev in a light heavyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season five, week eight at UFC APEX on October 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Athletes

Armen Petrosyan Expects A Big Future For Himself

UFC Debutant Armen Petrosyan Understands The Importance Of Earning A Win In His Trip To The Octagon And Intends To Make A Statement

Last October, Armen Petrosyan’s professional life changed when he earned a UFC contract with a first-round stoppage victory over Kaloyan Kolev on Dana White’s Contender Series.

“It was my dream to get to the UFC,” said the talented Muay Thai stylist, who makes his promotional debut this weekend against Gregory Rodrigues. “I had watched Dana White’s Contender Series before and knew that Dana awarded (promising) fighters. I was happy that Dana gave me a contract; it was a dream come true.”

While inking a deal to compete inside the famed Octagon represents a major step forward for the 31-year-old, little else has changed for Petrosyan in the four months since he stopped Kolev.

“Nothing special changed, but I got more fans,” he said with a laugh when asked about the changes that have accompanied signing with the UFC.

Armen Petrosyan punches Kaloyan Kolev in a light heavyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season five, week eight at UFC APEX on October 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)
Armen Petrosyan punches Kaloyan Kolev in a light heavyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season five, week eight at UFC APEX on October 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Increased notoriety is a given when an athlete joins the UFC roster, but it’s how they choose to deal with the greater spotlight and prepare themselves for actually stepping into the Octagon for the first time that says the most about a new arrival.

For the middleweight newcomer, he’s largely maintained the same approach that earned him the opportunity to compete at the UFC APEX last fall and secured him the victory over Kolev, with one notable exception.

As he embarked on his first UFC training camp, Petrosyan started the way he always does, working with his Muay Thai coach Vali Bazarov before moving to Dagestan to train under Rasup Magomedaliev at the Universal Fighters Gym.

MORE UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Daniel Cormier On Islam Makhachev: 'He's Special' | Bobby Green | Terrance McKinney | Joel Álvarez | Josiane Nunes | Rong Zhu

But for the final couple weeks of camp, Petrosyan opted for the warmer climes and all-in-one training surroundings at American Top Team.

“I really enjoyed ATT,” he said of his time at the South Florida institution, which has been one of the top gyms in the sport for well over a decade and is home to an all-star cast of coaches and fighters across all weight classes. “I was welcomed (right away) and there are very good relationships between fighters.

“Having the opportunity to train with world-class athletes — I’m learning new things here; new training and new life experiences,” continued Petrosyan, who is 6-1 in his mixed martial arts career. “I plan to go to ATT again.”

American Top Team Strives For Domination | UFC News Gym Visit
fight pass logo
Unlock MORE of your inner combat sports fan with UFC Fight Pass! Fighting is what we live for. And no one brings you MORE live fights, new shows, and events across multiple combat sports from around the world. With a never-ending supply of fighting in every discipline, there’s always something new to watch. Leave it to the world’s authority in MMA to bring you the Ultimate 24/7 platform for MORE combat sports, UFC Fight Pass!

Unlock MORE of your inner combat sports fan with UFC Fight Pass! Fighting is what we live for. And no one brings you MORE live fights, new shows, and events across multiple combat sports from around the world. With a never-ending supply of fighting in every discipline, there’s always something new to watch. Leave it to the world’s authority in MMA to bring you the Ultimate 24/7 platform for MORE combat sports, UFC Fight Pass!

This video is not available in your country

There was a problem while loading content. Please try again.

American Top Team Strives For Domination | UFC News Gym Visit
/

Where many newcomers head into their first UFC appearance buzzing with anticipation and radiating nervous energy, Petrosyan is decidedly more measured, more composed.

It’s not that he’s not excited to officially step into the Octagon for the first time or doesn’t understand the gravity of the moment — it’s just that he believes Saturday will be the start of a long and successful tenure in the UFC and he is focused on making sure he gets things moving in the right direction this weekend.

Order UFC 272: Covington vs Masvidal

“My UFC debut is a big step for me,” began Petrosyan. “I expect a big future here, in sports and in business. A debut win is very important for me; it opens many doors for an athlete.”

He’s absolutely correct that an impressive debut can do a lot for a new addition to the roster, but securing that victory on Saturday when he steps in with Rodrigues won’t come easy.

Armen Petrosyan punches Kaloyan Kolev in a light heavyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season five, week eight at UFC APEX on October 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Armen Petrosyan punches Kaloyan Kolev in a light heavyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season five, week eight at UFC APEX on October 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Armen Petrosyan punches Kaloyan Kolev in a light heavyweight fight during Dana White's Contender Series season five, week eight at UFC APEX on October 19, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Although the Brazilian came up short in his attempt to earn a contract through the annual talent search competition in the fall of 2020, his appearance put him on the UFC radar, and when the Sanford MMA representative earned consecutive stoppage victories in his next two fights, he earned a call to the Octagon.

And “Robocop” has continued to lay down the law since matriculating to the biggest stage in the sport.

After earning a unanimous decision win over Dusko Todorovic in his promotional debut last spring, the 30-year-old returned to action in late October, securing a second-round stoppage victory over Junyong Park in an electric back-and-forth battle where his toughness and durability were on display as much as his already established power.

“He’s a good, tough, well-rounded opponent,” Petrosyan said of Rodrigues, who carries an 11-3 record and four-fight winning streak into their contest this weekend in Las Vegas. “I’m ready for his striking and wrestling.

Fight By Fight Preview | UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Green

“I see no problem in going the distance, but I will be ready to finish the fight,” he added. “I expect a knockout win.”

Making good on that forecast would catapult Petrosyan into the middle of the pack in the middleweight division, which has been front and center for the month of February and feels as wide open right now as it has in quite some time.

“This year, I plan to have three or four fights,” said Petrosyan, offering a glimpse at what he has penciled into his planner for 2022.

Halting Rodrigues’ run and impressing in his debut would certainly open those doors the newcomer was speaking of earlier and put Petrosyan in a position to continue maximizing his opportunities inside the Octagon.

Now all that remains is the fight itself.

Don't miss a single round of UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Green, live from the UFC APEX on Saturday, February 26 on ESPN+. Prelims begin at 4pm ET/1pm PT. Main card begins at 7pm ET/4pm PT.

UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs Green took place on Saturday, February 26, 2022, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. See the Final ResultsOfficial Scorecards and Who Won Bonuses — and relive all of the action on UFC Fight Pass.