For Tom Watson, travel has just become the norm for him during his MMA career.
Watson, a British-born fighter, actually trains in the U.S., so even when he returns home to fight, he is still forced to jump on a plane.
In August, “Kong” will do just that again, this time, though, he’ll head to Brazil and UFC 163 to welcome Thales Leites back to the Octagon.
“It will be a good experience going to Brazil,” said Watson, in a recent interview with Rick Lee of RMSports. “I have heard (about) the fights over there. It should be a good atmosphere.”
Watson (16-5) has split his two previous UFC bouts, defeating Stanislav Nedkov via TKO earlier this year after dropping a decision to Brad Tavares last September. He owns eight career knockout finishes.
Being a veteran of the sport, and the rigors that go with it, Watson said the biggest thing about fighting overseas is “getting the flight out of me. I don’t think there will be much of a difference (fighting in Brazil compared to England).”