Marcus "The Wrecking Ball" Hicks takes on World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight titleholder Jamie "The Worm" Varner on Aug. 3 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where the undefeated Hicks expects to walk away the champion.
Heading into the biggest fight of his career, Hicks' attitude is, "It's just another fight."
"I'm approaching this fight pretty much the same way I approach all my fights. I'm going to go out there and do what I do," the Texan told MMAWeekly Radio."I want to go out there, and I want to have a strong paced fight. I want to go out there and try to take the title. I don't want to sit back and wait for it to come to me."
In his 10-fight professional mixed martial arts career, Hicks has never gone to a decision. "I'd like to keep it that way," remarked the challenger. "I don't want a decision."
Asked if it being a five-round bout changed anything in training, Hicks responded, "I can always go the distance. I'm never worried about my cardio ... I train hard. I try to do everything I'm supposed to do to prepare myself in training."
Hicks has fought three times in the WEC, finishing each fight with a guillotine choke. Questioned about his highest percentage-finishing submission, he commented, "I like it a lot. It's made me look good. Every time I've went to use it in a fight - I mean, if you can't breath, you can't fight."
The black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Golden Gloves boxer is confident heading into his first major title fight against Varner. "Everything went good as far as training," he said. "I'm looking forward to the fight."