The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil’s Season 3 winner Antonio Carlos Junior was fired from the promotion after shedding his third consecutive battle in January, dabandoning a call to Brad Tavares in Abu Dhabi, however chooses to see it as a blessing in disguise.
“Cara de Sapato” grew to become TUF’s heavyweight winner in 2014 and at one level in his profession had a five-game profitable streak at middleweight that included 4 strangle finishes and a call win over Marvin Vettori. However, three straight losses to Ian Heinisch, Uriah Hall and Tavares price him his job.
“One door closes and different doorways open. It’s like that. We by no means know what can occur. He knew getting fired by the UFC was a chance, however he did not assume an excessive amount of about it. He was ready for a solution and his reply got here.
“You get offended at first, you had this private purpose that you simply needed to obtain. I went for the gold, but it surely’s not up to us. I needed to conquer this [título], I needed to depart as a champion, however then I began to see that there have been a number of alternatives exterior, so I felt somewhat freer from negotiations and amendments“.
“My supervisor and I are discussing some concepts… In reality, I even really feel somewhat freer, somewhat extra relieved actually. This change will be good for me in a manner, each professionally and financially. I believe it’ll be constructive. The UFC has been nice for me for some time, however I believe it was time for a change and we’ll see what comes subsequent. “
The aid, Junior mentioned, comes from the sensation that the corporate was not completely glad with its providers.
“In enterprise, now we have to be pleased with what now we have, and I felt for some time that they weren’t glad. I believe the UFC desires a unique sort of fighter than I’m. I’m not the sort to discuss an excessive amount of, so I felt like they weren’t glad, and that makes me sad as properly. Other locations could have what fits me greatest.
Junior, who nonetheless had a battle on his UFC contract, He mentioned he’s at the moment in negotiations with additional promotions and can resolve on the perfect path for his profession.
The jiu-jitsu specialist will be taking day without work after struggling a trio of left leg accidents throughout his 15-minute battle with Tavares, a fractured fibula, in addition to accidents to the meniscus and posterior cruciate ligament. “Cara de Sapato” injured his similar knee in 2020 and underwent surgical procedure to restore a torn anterior cruciate ligament, however this time he is not going to have to endure surgical procedure.
Junior has confronted many well being points over the previous three years, sidelined after injuring his chest, toes and knee on numerous events, however is assured he’ll recuperate later this yr.
In reality, the Brazilian middleweight believes his conflict with Tavares may have gone both manner, not like the 2 judges who scored him 30-27 in favor of his opponent, and nonetheless defends that he deserved the victory over Uriah Hall in 2019.
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