Diego Lopes’s UFC dream is stronger than ever.
Despite arising quick at Dana White’s Contender Series in August, the Brazilian fighter continues to be hopeful that he’ll at some point be competing for the premier MMA group on the earth.
Lopes (19-5) misplaced a technical determination in opposition to Joanderson Brito at DWCS 37 – a bout he took on quick discover. The battle was stopped early within the third spherical and judged from there resulting from an unintentional eye poke from Brito that didn’t enable Lopes to proceed combating.
It was an unlucky scenario, as Lopes knew he was down on the scorecards and was able to go for broke.
“When the attention poke occurred sadly I couldn’t see something,
Lopes informed MMA Junkie in Spanish. “The physician requested me if I might see, and you recognize fighters – we at all times wish to battle, so I stated I used to be Ok. She gave me a towel to wipe my eye and once I wiped my eye there was blood. When the physician noticed that she stated it wasn’t attainable for me to proceed the battle.
“I was upset and all that, but fortunately I went to the hospital and they checked me out and I didn’t have a torn retina or anything. There was only a slight scratch in the corner of the eye and they just told me to rest a few days and then I can come back. Now we have a chance to fight again and here we are.”
Lopes didn’t waste any time to get again on the horse, as he was rapidly booked to battle Nate Richardson at Fury FC 52 on Oct. 17 in Texas. He’s at present coaching on the UFC Performance Institute alongside UFC champion Brandon Moreno and UFC bantamweight Marcelo Rojo.
The loss to Brito snapped a seven-fight profitable streak for Lopes. The 26-year-old plans to maintain racking up victories till he will get the decision to compete within the UFC.
“Honestly, I don’t think that’s very far,” Lopes stated. “At first I did see it far-off, however now I believe we’re a lot nearer. I’m additionally staying right here in Las Vegas extra and that’s one thing good as a result of I’m at all times of their sight.
“I’m hoping that after this fight I can get an opportunity whether it’s short notice or just get a contract, I don’t know. Right now, my focus is to win this upcoming fight and show that I have the level to compete with them (UFC).”