Ode Osbourne believes there are fighters and people who just want to say they are fighters.
‘The Jamaican Sensation’ has clearly proven he walks the walk, picking up a short-notice replacement gig against UFC flyweight veteran Tyson Nam at UFC San Diego on August 13th.
Osbourne was forced to narrow his scope during this whirlwind training camp, given the nature of the last-minute pairing, and says he focused his energy inward rather than meticulously studying the tendencies of his opponent; the 30-year-old admitting he’s been increasingly less inclined to watch tape as he’s progressed as a professional.
“We’ve become so dependant on film that we’ve almost left our whole fighting style up to what the other person’s gonna do,” Osbourne told The AllStar. “It’s like, ‘oh he’s got a great kick- then we don’t go to that side. oh, he’s got a great punch, we should stay away from that. he’s got a great guard…’ it’s limited us in our capabilities so much that I try not to get caught up in watching so much and being so anal on everything an opponent does.”
“Because I know – I’m gonna go in there and do what I want to do, regardless.”
Confident as the 2019 Contender Series alum is, he didn’t downplay Nam’s clear experience advantage. Osbourne had a healthy respect for the Hawaiian’s 16-year tenure in the sport and applauded his dance partner’s 32-fight resume.
“He’s been around for a long time, he’s a veteran of the game, he’s been in wars, he’s tough, he’s a power puncher,” Osbourne said. “He’s KO’d all the same guys I’ve KO’d in the UFC, which makes it an extremely exciting fight.”
Osbourne reiterated, “I’m not looking past him, he’s got a lot of talent.”
“But, with that being said – I also know who I am as a person, and what exactly I can do. So I’ll just leave it at that, and say you’ll see on fight night.”
The Jamaican fighter was reluctant to give a prediction for the clash – but did give heed to anyone salivating at the prospect of an explosive finish based solely on the track records of these two power punchers.
“You’ve seen guys that were supposed to go in there and one person was supposed to get a knockout, and you’ve seen it where it’s gone the distance so many times. So this fight could go the distance, we could get a knockout, we could get a submission; I don’t know. “
“I’m just extremely confident in what I want to display.”
Ode “The Jamaican Sensation” Osbourne is a 30-year-old male fighter from the United States with 11 pro wins and 4 losses. Osbourne most recently fought Zarrukh Adashev at UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Rozenstruik on Saturday, June 4, 2022.
Ode Osbourne’s recent form coming into this matchup
Ode Osbourne has gone 3-2 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Win vs Zarrukh Adashev • KO/TKO R1 1:01 • 2022-06-04
- Win vs C.J. Vergara • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-11-06
- Loss vs Manel Kape • KO/TKO R1 4:44 • 2021-08-07
- Win vs Jerome Rivera • KO/TKO R1 0:26 • 2021-02-06
- Loss vs Brian Kelleher • Submission R1 2:49 • 2020-01-18