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Rob Font: I know for a fact that I can hang with any bantamweight out there

Bantamweight Rob Font returned to the UFC octagon earlier this month for the first time in 18 months as he scored his fifth career win by TKO/KO with a victory over Joey Gomez at UFC Fight Night 81.

Font (12-1) had been out of action since his UFC debut in July of 2014, which was knockout against George Roop and that victory scored him a Performance of the Night check at UFC 175.

The victory against Gomez earlier this month went pretty much according to plan. Font and his team knew they wanted to test the cardio of Gomez, since he had never made it out of the first round. He also knew that he had to stay away from the right hand of Gomez as all of his victories before coming to the UFC came by TKO/KO.

Ultimately, the victory would come for Font at the 4:13 mark of the second round and he has now won eleven straight fights and seven of those wins have come by stoppage. Following the event, Font stated at the post fight press conference that he knew he could hang with anyone in the division and he expanded on those comments on Tuesday’s edition of The MMA Report Podcast.

“I truly believe that and I wasn’t just saying that,” Font said. “I know for a fact that I can hang with any 35’er out there right now. Obviously, I do want to be smart in how I match myself. But from the champ down, I know I can hang with any of these 35’ers and out class a lot of these 35’ers. I know there would be some good fights with most of these 35’ers, but I know I can outclass a lot of these 35’ers.”

With only having two fights in 18 months, one of Font’s goals for 2016 is staying active. He would like to get multiple fights in this year and also wants fans to be interested in seeing him fight.

“I would love to get three or four fights in this year. Give the fans and the UFC what they want, exciting fights,” Font explained. “I feel like I have the style that really brings in exciting, technical fights. I want people to hear Rob Font is on the card and to get excited. Make sure they tune in, by that pay-per-view or get on Fight Pass. Definitely when you hear my name, I want you to get excited.”