Iron sharpens iron.

Sometimes you’re the hammer, sometimes you’re the nail.

Those are just a few of the dozens of clichéd, overused catchphrases surrounding the world of mixed martial arts.

But how many of those repeated sayings include the term “crowbar?”

That’s where the story of newly signed UFC bantamweight Matt Hobar begins. The former Legacy Fighting Championship titleholder will make his Octagon debut on May 31 at The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 Finale in São Paulo, Brazil.

Hobar (top) (Robert Lopez/Sherdog)

Hobar (top) (Robert Lopez/Sherdog)

“I’m so excited,” Hobar told The MMA Corner. “This has been years and years in the making. To finally get here, it’s unbelievable.”

The 27-year-old Texan earned his call to the sport’s highest level after compiling an 8-1 record, with his only loss coming via injury. His strong grappling base, a product of his years on the wrestling mat, has been the source of much of his success. That time also earned him his rhyming moniker.

“One of the referees in high school wrestling that ran the Texas wrestler rankings dubbed me ‘The Crowbar,'” explained Hobar. “I stuck with it. It rhymes, which is kind of cool. My dad used to call me the ‘Man of Steel’ all the time and I didn’t really think that worked, so I kept ‘Crowbar.'”

Hobar will be making his promotional debut against former Resurrection Fighting Alliance kingpin Pedro Munhoz at the event in Brazil. Munhoz was originally slated to face Wilson Reis at the event, but Hobar was called upon by the UFC on short notice after the Brazilian suffered an injury.

“I’m not concerned at all,” Hobar said of taking the fight on just six weeks’ notice. “I was actually getting ready for a fight in Legacy earlier in May. So I was in camp for that when the UFC called. It was even better, because I was already training and I get two more weeks of camp.”

Although Hobar isn’t losing sleep over the timing of the fight, the same cannot be said of his first trip outside the United States to fight.

“I’m a little nervous,” admitted Hobar. “But I’ve always wanted to get outside the U.S. and fight. I’m nervous, but excited at the same time. I’m really happy to have my first UFC fight in Brazil.”

Hobar’s opponent, Munhoz, has already gone through the rigors of a UFC debut, having stepped up at the last minute to face Raphael Assuncao at UFC 170 in February. Munhoz fell short against his fellow countryman, and Hobar believes he can capitalize on many of the same things Assuncao did.

“I actually thought Assuncao didn’t fight to the best of his abilities. Honestly, I think he was just fighting safe, fighting to not lose,” Hobar declared. “He could’ve pushed the pace a lot more than he did. I need to capitalize on that. Just make things go my way.”

With both Hobar and Munhoz having held titles on the regional level, the Texan isn’t afraid to acknowledge there’s extra incentive in the match-up with the Brazilian.

“I think it’s pretty cool that the UFC and [matchmaker] Sean Shelby matched up the Legacy bantamweight champion and the RFA bantamweight champion. I’m excited about that,” said Hobar.

Munhoz possesses a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Although that might seem intimidating to most, Hobar sees it as an opportunity.

Hobar (top) (Robert Lopez/Sherdog)

Hobar (top) (Robert Lopez/Sherdog)

“I’ve been watching a lot of video on him. I know all of his strengths and all his weaknesses. He’s a really good grappler. I’ve always wanted to test my grappling skills against a high-level black belt. I’m excited to get in there and do that against him,” explained the bantamweight.

“I see all the submissions he likes to go for. He likes to go for heel hooks, guillotines. He likes to use the heel hook to sweep. I’ve been working on all those defenses over and over, drilling them in my head. I’m ready for everything.”

Hobar’s confidence is evident leading up to the bout. Standing 5-foot-10, he’ll have size on his side against the 5-foot-7 Munhoz.

“I think he’s small for 135 [pounds], actually,” said Hobar. “I’ll have the reach and the height on him.”

Given Hobar’s larger frame, one might think he’d prefer to keep the fight upright, but the Texan fighter believes he can win the fight no matter where it goes.

“He’s a high-level grappler, but I go against high-level grapplers every day in practice. That’s my home—on the mat, on the ground,” he proclaimed.

“Yes, I’m going to feel comfortable on the feet, too. If I have to turn it into a slugfest, I’m going to turn it into a slugfest. I don’t think he’s going to be comfortable doing that. It’s going to be good for me either way.

“Honestly, I feel I’m the best no matter where I’m going to be in this fight. ”

So, what does Hobar think fans will see come Saturday night?

“I think they’re going to see a brawl,” predicted the Octagon MMA product. “I want them to see a brawl. When two really good grapplers meet, it cancels the grappling out and turns into a slugfest.”

If the fight plays out like Hobar expects on May 31, then tales of “The Crowbar” may just work their way into the vocabulary of MMA fans around the world. And if Hobar can find a way to finish Munhoz in Brazil, his promotional debut will be anything but cliché.

Matt would like to thank his sponsors, teammates, coaches and his family. Follow him on Twitter: @CrowbarHobar