When sizing up Friday night's 135-pound Ultimate Fighting Championship matchup between Jared Papazian and Dustin Pague, quite a few similarities come to the forefront.
However, perhaps the one most appealing to fans is that when Pague and Papazian square off, their intentions are to put on an entertaining bantamweight fight more than anything else.
"I'm just gonna come out guns blazing," said Papazian (14-7), who trains out of Burbank Gracie Barra. "[I] always keep coming, always keep fighting."
Pague, who sports a 10-5 record, shares much the same outlook as Papazian that it's just as important to put on a good fight as it is to get a victory.
"We're not just fighters, we're entertainers, too," said Pague, who, like Papazian, is 24 and began his mixed-martial-arts career in 2008. "Nobody wants to see a boring fight.