Sheldon Westcott is looking forward to challenging himself against Pawel Pawlek on Saturday at Fight Night: Krakow.

The 30-year-old, runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada v Australia, will fight outside of Canada for the first time but is taking nothing for granted.

He said: “It’s 2015 in the UFC so he’s going be well-rounded. His kickboxing looks good, his jiu-jitsu looks good, he’s got a lot of finishes from top position too so I expect him to be good everywhere.

“For me, to fight a guy in his home town, what more can I want? It’s not about playing the bad guy, it’s just another avenue of fighting. I get to walk in, get booed, and says: “Now let’s fight!””

The Canadian will be keen to get back to winning ways especially considering his injury troubles. While training at Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand, in 2014, Westcott contracted a staph in his foot which could have ended his career.

He said: “It was awful. It was really bad and I had a hole going almost all the way down to the bone. I was so close to my fight with Alberto Mina, I was already prepared.

“Roger Huerta looked after me well at Tiger Muay Thai so it was a fantastic experience as a whole. I couldn’t ask for any better instruction and the jiu-jitsu was great and the Thai boxing is obviously the best in the world.”

Article by Alistair Hendrie/photo by Jorden Curran