Cezar Ferreira says he was not at one hundred pc when he made the stroll in opposition to Chris Camozzi.
Ferreira is coming off a unanimous resolution loss to Camozzi in June, however his first-round knockout of Nick Roehrick within the opening bout of his 2021 PFL season earned him sufficient factors to advance to the playoffs.
The Brazilian obtained off to a powerful begin in opposition to Camozzi, dominating him on the bottom for almost all of Round 1, however Camozzi was capable of fully flip issues round within the second body, when he dropped Ferreira and virtually completed him. He carried that momentum into Round 3, the place he was capable of fend off Ferreira’s takedowns and was the a lot brisker fighter.
But Ferreira says he wasn’t capable of compete to his full potential as a result of he entered the battle compromised.
“The last fight wasn’t so good because – I never want to give any excuses, but that fight that I had against Camozzi should have been canceled but I didn’t cancel because I would be pulled out of the tournament,” Ferreira instructed MMA Junkie Radio. “Ten days earlier than the battle, I couldn’t even stroll due to some again ache issues that I had.
“I had to take a lot of pain killers, a lot of medication that made me kind of intoxicated. People that saw the fight, it was clear that in the first round I was OK. I was good, and then my cardio just disappeared, and then it happened what happened.”
Now that he’s healed and well-rested, Ferreira (14-9) expects to provide a a lot better account of himself in opposition to Hamlet (7-2) on the 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 on Friday.
“For this upcoming fight, I’m feeling great,” Ferreira mentioned. “Great training, no injuries, no medication, and if my opponent studied me based on my last fight, he’s going to get surprised because Cezar here is sharp. Kicks, punches, takedowns – everything is on point.”
2021 PFL Playoffs 3 takes place Friday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The predominant card airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+.