Jason Young (8-5) wants his first UFC win, and he wants it badly.
Fortunately for Young, he'll get yet another opportunity after falling short in his first two UFC appearances.
"I think I deserve another shot," Young told Bleacher Report.
"I fought two highly ranked guys in Dustin Poirier and Michihiro Omigawa, and I have improved from having that experience under my belt. I think it says something about how the UFC has me ranked being given those opportunities," said Young. "Both of my first two fights went to a decision, too."
In the sport of mixed martial arts, second and third chances aren't rare.
But in the UFC they are.
Young will get the chance to right his wrongs when he squares off with Eric Wisely (19-7) in the first fight of the preliminary card when the UFC travels to Sweden for UFC on Fuel TV.
However, in weeks leading up to his bout, Young was thrown a curveball, as he was originally expected to be meeting Akira Corassani in a featherweight showdown.
An injury later—Corsaani's out, Wisely's in and Young is ready to rumble.
"I rate Akira and Eric the same, but I liked the idea of Akira," said Young. "Who knows? Maybe after I fight Eric, Akira and I can get it on."
"In terms of Eric, I think I have a better overall game. I suppose we are pretty similar in some ways. He has a good knockout ratio, and I have always been known as a good standup fighter," said Young. "He may have the edge in submissions so I will have to watch that carefully."
One thing's for sure—Young needs a win, and he needs it badly.
A third consecutive loss would be detrimental for Young's days in the UFC.
"I am ready to take him in whichever way I need to go. I need to get the win, though," said Young. "That's first and foremost."
"I would love to be the first person to knock him out."
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