Although Mizuto Hirota and Charles Rosa are both known as specialists on the ground, Hirota doesn’t expect to do much grappling in their fight on Saturday: “I don’t see this fight going to the ground. As long as I keep him off the ground, I think I’m gonna be all set.”

The 36-year-old plans to become the second fighter to knock “Boston Strong” out, because ‘it’s the only strategy he’s got.’

Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa is the opener of the UFC Fight Night 117 main card on Saturday, September 23 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.