Journey restrictions pressured the cancellation of a number of UFC bouts. However one fighter thinks they might open the door for brand spanking new expertise.
Cage Fury Combating Championships light-weight champion Nikolas Motta is campaigning for a call-up as the corporate builds a number of playing cards for Might. A Brazilian nationwide who lives in New Jersey and has a inexperienced card, the 27-year-old fighter believes he’s poised to capitalize on a scramble for obtainable expertise.
“UFC is my plan and I’ve been working exhausting for years for that,” Motta informed MMA Combating. “We had been hoping for a battle at Dana White’s Contender Collection, however I don’t know if it is going to occur with the coronavirus scenario. However I do know they may do quite a lot of UFC occasions one after the opposite in Might, and I’ve to maintain coaching.”
The UFC formally introduced exhibits for Might 9, 13 and 16 in Florida. Different dates are deliberate for late Might and early June.
“I’ll keep energetic and alert, since folks can’t come from different international locations to battle within the UFC for now, and many individuals received’t battle until they’ve a full camp,” he mentioned. “I heard that many individuals pulled out from fights as a result of they couldn’t prepare correctly because of the coronavirus, however I do know I at all times should be prepared.”
Motta represented Rio de Janeiro’s Nova Uniao when he joined the forged of The Final Fighter Brazil 4 in 2015. Then a coaching companion to Jose Aldo and Renan Barao and 6-1 as knowledgeable, Motta moved as much as light-weight to be on the present and defeated Alexandre Cidade in his debut. However he misplaced to season winner Glaico Franca in a quarterfinal match.
“I nonetheless fought my coronary heart out, was aggressive, making an attempt to complete the battle the entire time, and that makes me assured that I deserve a chance within the UFC,” Motta mentioned. “I do know they love my combating fashion. I am going for the knockout, coronary heart of a lion. I’ll by no means hen out in a battle, I’ll at all times battle like I’m going to a warfare.”
Motta left Brazil to reside in the US and made an announcement in his first look, knocking out future UFC prospect Joe Solecki. He was stopped by Robert Hale 4 months later, however bounced again in spectacular trend beneath the CFFC banner with a 54-second knockout adopted by a title win.
“That is my time,” Motta mentioned. “I can’t wait to be the brand new blood within the UFC and put a beating on whoever they throw at me. That’s precisely why I moved to the US. I knew I’d have higher probabilities to battle within the UFC, Bellator and PFL, the largest promotions on this planet.
“I needed to sacrifice quite a bit to start out over in a brand new nation and a brand new workforce, however I’ve earned my area right here. I’m the champion of the largest regional present in the US, Cage Fury, and I’m very assured that I’ll have this chance. When my alternative comes, brother, I’ll go for the end and placed on a present.
“I’m right here to remain, and I would like that $50,000 bonus. I’ll do like Conor [McGregor], ‘Dana, 50 G’s child.’”