Diego Ferreira is ready for arguably the biggest fight of his career when he takes on Francisco Trinaldo in the pay-per-view opener of UFC 237.
When the Brazilian first heard about the fight he was ecstatic as he knows a win over Trinaldo will most likely put him into the UFC lightweight rankings.
“For me, it is going to be a good fight. He has a good history in the UFC, a good name. Having to fight somebody with a big name is a fight I want,” Ferreira told BJPENN.com. “I think it will put me in a good spot in the rankings. I really want to get ranked and I think I win over him will put my name pout there. I’m focusing on this camp and getting a win.”
Although Trinaldo is a tough opponent, Ferreira is more than confident in his ability to win the fight. He is predicting an entertaining scrap that could very well be the Fight of the Night.
“We are really going to throw down. I want to see the level of my boxing and Muay Thai is,” he explained. “I want to see how far I can take it. It is going to be a war, you know. Just throw down and get a victory. That is what I’m focusing on.”
Not only is Trinaldo the kind of well respected opponent that Ferreira wanted, but he also gets to fight on a pay-per-view main card for the first time and gets to fight in his home country of Brazil again. Needless to say, he’s happy.
“It feels great. It is something that I’m really looking forward to. I want to fight in my hometown and it is going to be great,” Ferreira said. “I feel prepared and just ready to throw down. Just more people are going to see me and I’m so excited to show my skills.”
Given that Ferreira missed weight for his last fight, some fans are concerned he could have weight-cutting issues again. He says that will not be the case.
“I think for myself, the calculation was wrong. It was my fault,” he explained. “I did everything right the day of, but the day of I did a few hours wrong that cost me missing the weight. On this one, I have all the instruction of my coach and my wife. I just have to follow the plan.”
In the end, Ferreira is confident that he’ll pick up a big win in Brazil. All the hard work is behind him, and come next week, he hopes a number is beside his name.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/9/2019.