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Ready for Titan FC 39, MMA’s Abdiel Velasquez on The Roman Show

Young mixed marital artist Abdiel Velasquez (5-2) wants to leave a mark in the sport, but he first needs to battle a veteran.

Velasquez will do that on Friday, June 10, when he faces Alexis Vila (14-6) at Titan FC 39, which airs on UFC Fight Pass from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

The Puerto Rican fighter, who trains at American Top Team in Tampa, is coming off a win against Haender “Cubita” Rodriguez in May.

“I hadn’t fought for like six months since my loss, and I had to get myself together,” he told The Roman Show in an exclusive interview. “I got prepared for that fight. When I won, I was still fresh and ready to fight, whenever. I train everyday.”

Velasquez said he is looking forward to now battling Vila.

Vila is well known in South Florida, competing in several local promotions and also Bellator, but Velasquez believes in his own skill. He said the fans will be in for a treat.

“I feel confident that I can beat him,” he said. “I know I will. He has been fighting for a large amount of years. I need to watch out for his wrestling and stand up. It’s going to be a scrap.”

Velasquez was surprised by Vila’s age.

“I was surprised that he is older. I am a new up-and-comer fighter,” he said. “I want to be one of the best out there. I want to be the best in Florida. Alexis is well known. People like this match up, and I am excited for it.”

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At Titan FC 39, there are 11 fights with three title fights. Bell time is 7 p.m.

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