Holytown MMA fighter Chris Bungard aims to maintain his undefeated record in his third professional fight later this month.
The lightweight steps into the cage on the Headhunters Fighting Championship card on Saturday, July 26, in Larbert with Scott Mulgrew, who also boasts a 2-0 record.
The pair have met before with Mulgrew taking victory and Bungard is out for revenge.
He said: “I fought him as an amateur when I just started out and he beat me, but he will find I am a very different fighter this time around.
“Scott is a good guy and we get on well, but I’ll be putting our friendship aside while we are in the cage, although I’m sure we’ll make up afterwards.”
Bungard is delighted to be fighting back in Scotland after defeating Ian Jordan in Durham in February, but has an eye on bigger things.
He said: “I made my professional debut at the Alona Hotel and then travelled down south for my second fight so I’m pleased to be back in front of a home crowd.
“Headhunters always put on a good show and it should be a really good fight so I am looking forward to it.
“A number of the Headhunters’ guys have gone on to compete for Cage Warriors, which is Europe’s leading MMA promotion, and that is my goal at the moment.
“If I can continue to rack up a few wins then hopefully I’ll be able to catch their eye, I will certainly be going all I can to make sure they know all about me.”
Ultimate Fighting Championship in America continues to dominate the global MMA scene, regularly pulling in over one million buys on for pay per view event.
However, Bungard believes the health of the sport in the UK is very strong.
He said: “The MMA scene here appears in very good shape at the moment, it is the fastest growing sport in the UK and there are a lot of very good fighters coming through.
“UFC of course remains the market leader, but there are events on all the time in this country and MMA’s popularity continues to rise so there is plenty of cause for optimism.”