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Anthony Birchak says he wants to face Aljamain Sterling next.

"There's a dude that I'm thinking about from New York, he's kind of a loud mouth and that's Aljamain Sterling," said Birchak who spoke to "He said no one wanted to fight him, but I vividly remember calling him out after knocking out Joe Soto."

Birchak is coming off a win at UFC Fight Night Las Vegas during UFC International Fight Week and has his eyes set straight at Sterling who is coming off a split decision loss to Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night 88, prior to that Sterling was undefeated.

Sterling and Birchak have been tweeting back and forth this past week and things are definitely heating up between the two, which is the perfect recipe for a fight.

Birchak says that he hurt his hand in his last fight, but says if he is healthy he wants to face Sterling in November.

"I would love to fight in New York," he said. "That's another momentous card and it would be a tremendous opportunity to fight at a venue where some of the greatest fighters in the world have strapped some gloves on an thrown down."

Birchak defeated Dileno Lopes by split decision this month and credits at least some of that win to a new training tool he has been using called Hysko.

Hysko is a new tool that fighters have been using recently to help track their punches during training. It's an electronic sensor that is placed in hand wraps that monitors speed, timing, accuracy and volume of the punch and records and tracks it all through an app on your phone.

"The fight was going to take place on the feet the whole time anyways, at least that was my game plan," said Birchak. "So I really worked on crafting my boxing. The sensors help me to quantify exactly what I am doing with my hands and feet."

He said being able to see the numbers helped him improve and change what he needed to in order to better prepare for his bout. The system is starting to be more widely used as fighters like Cris Cyborg, Bubba Jenkins, Joe Lauzon and Micky Ward have all been training with it.

No fights have been announced for either of these fighters, and I even matched them on my dream card for New York, so here's to hoping!

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