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Nikolas Motta explains why he had so much pressure on him to beat Cameron VanCamp at UFC Vegas 60: “It has been a long journey”

Nikolas Motta had a ton of pressure on him heading into his UFC Vegas 60 fight against Cameron VanCamp.

Motta was coming off a KO loss to Jim Miller in his UFC debut and heading into this fight against VanCamp, the Brazilian thought he was fighting for his job.

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“I had so much pressure, the night before the fight I woke up at 4 a.m. and I couldn’t fall back asleep because I was thinking about the fight,” Motta said to BJPENN.com. “It has been a long journey, 10 years since I left home by myself to train and just going through hell and back to get here. I’ve worked so hard for years and I knew I might get cut with a loss so I know I had to get the win. I had all this pressure on me.”

With Motta thinking he could be cut with a loss, he says that helped motivate him throughout the camp, and was confident he would get his hand raised.

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However, he knew beating VanCamp would pose some problems as he was much smaller than the American. Yet, he overcame the height difference and ended up getting the first-round KO.

“I was really happy because I lost my debut and I had a lot of pressure on myself because I have seen so many guys get cut from the UFC after two losses,” Motta said. “I was fighting for my job and I did good, I won my job.”

With Nikola Motta getting the first-round win at UFC Vegas 60, the hope for the Brazilian is to return in December or January against whoever the UFC gives him.

“I hope I can fight again this year in December or maybe January. In the beginning, I thought about the Rio card in January as it was my dream to fight at home in Brazil,” Motta concluded. “But, I live in Vegas so it is good to fight here because this is my new home… Whoever they give me is fine by me. I just want to fight and make money and I know if I keep fighting the way I fight I will get paid more once my contract is over.”

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