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Jordan Wright ’embraces’ challenge of fighting Julian Marquez at UFC Vegas 40

Jordan Wright is embracing his upcoming challenge at UFC Vegas 40 — focusing on the now, but says he’ll do whatever it takes to become champion.

Middleweight Jordan Wright faces Julian Marquez in a battle of bona fide finishers at UFC Vegas 40. The Texas-born fighter has amassed a record of 2-1 since joining the UFC last year.

In his previous outing this past May, Wright scored an opening-round octagon TKO over Jamie Pickett. Continuing to move up the metaphorical ladder, Wright must pass his most difficult test to date, but he appears up for the challenge.

“He’s an incredibly tough opponent,” Wright told the media. “He’s definitely a big test for me and I embrace it with open arms. Yeah, it’s just a great test and a great way for me to show my skills to the world.”

The 30-year-old will only have four UFC bouts under his belt following UFC Vegas 40, but Wright is confident that he has what it takes to one day realize championship status on the biggest stage.

Jordan Wright has the UFC belt in his sights, knows they’ll be obstacles

“There are opponents that I look at, but at the end of the day I just focus on the now,” he said. “I try not to get too lost in what could potentially be, I’m just doing my thing. The title is what I want and I’ll do whatever I have to to get it.”

All 12 of Wright’s pro victories thus far have come prior to the final bell. He’s always eyeing the finish, but he isn’t about to force anything at UFC Vegas 40.

“Not really, I just kinda go in and just feel in the moment what gets presented to me,” he said. “And the things that I can establish myself. I really just go in there with an open mind and ready to perform.”

Securing a victory over Marquez this Saturday will mean Wright has won three of his first four UFC bouts — putting him on the right path towards the top-15.

UFC Vegas 40 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 16, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA who will be on-site for all your news and highlights.