When UFC 236 takes place in Atlanta on Saturday night, Max Holloway will not be the only Hawaii native looking to bring down the house.
The Boston Salmon native Waianae will also be on the card as the rooster will make his UFC debut against Khalid Taha on the preliminary card.
The 28 year old waits to make the walk towards the octagon was a long and winding road.
After sustaining a UFC contract in Dana White's Premier Contender series, Salmon canceled three different fights and also underwent knee surgery at that time.
According to the former amateur boxing champion, the times are perfect and he is more ready than ever to make his debut at the UFC.
"100 percent, I feel like that last camp that I didn't really feel like I was completely healed, with my knee surgery it was a long process with all the rehabilitation and I think it's a blessing in disguise. "If I had grown so much as a fighter and I'm mentally healthy, my mindset is straightforward and now I'm focused," Salmon told KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello.
"I think it's really a nice match-up on the card, I want to finish the fights, I want to be on my feet, I want to show my hands, my shots, my kicks, my knees, my elbows. You have him in that division and bring him to another level and Khalid Taha I feel he will carry it for me. We will go out there and fight. "
Naturally, Max Holloway will headline the card while the featherweight champion will face Dustin Poirier for the light-running title in the main event. Making the debut of Salmon is much more special.
"It's a Hawaiian card, champion Max Holloway is going to finish the night, so I know that all Hawaiians will be ours and I don't see them now, Hawaii will show up, just look," Salmon added.
Salmon will open the preliminary report UFC 236 at 14:00 HST on ESPN.
The main card that will include the fight of the Holloway title will start at 16:00 HST on ESPN + Pay-Per-View.