The undefeated striking star is confident ahead of the middleweight title unification bout Oct. 5 in the main event in Melbourne, Australia.
Undefeated middleweight Punahele Soriano will make his UFC debut at UFC 245 on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas, the Review-Journal has learned.
The veteran will finally headline a UFC pay-per-view event for the first time in his 16-year professional career when he faces Nate Diaz for a mythological belt on Nov. 2.
The fan-favorite is known more as a brawler, but believes a more cerebral attack is his key to pursuing the lightweight title.
The lightweight champion remained undefeated in his first fight since a win in October over Conor McGregor, who issued a challenge for a rematch on social media.
A breakdown of the fights on the main card of UFC 242 on Saturday at The Arena at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
Underdog hopes to be the first fighter to defeat star lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.