HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – It appears the darkish days at the moment are behind for Emiliano Sordi’s run within the 2021 PFL gentle heavyweight season.
The PFL 2019 champion had a tough begin to this 12 months’s season, however he’s lastly hit his groove. Sordi (23-8-1) fights in a semifinal bout this Friday towards Antonio Carlos Junior on the principle card of 2021 PFL Playoffs 3.
The bout goes down on the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with the principle card airing on ESPN 2 and ESPN+ and the prelims solely on ESPN+.
Sordi defeated Chris Camozzi by way of unanimous resolution and fought to a draw towards Dan Spohn to qualify to the playoffs because the final seed of the division. And inside these two fights, the Argentine hasn’t had it straightforward when it comes to the surface circumstances.
For the primary bout, he was coming off certainly one of quarantine in Argentine, one of many world’s strictest lockdowns, and for the second the harm bug hit.
“The truth is that physically I knew I wasn’t 100 percent,” Sordi advised MMA Junkie in Spanish. “I used to be a complete 12 months with out doing something simply locked down at house.
“And after that, I came here to the U.S. around January and I began training hard. But a few days before going to the quarantine at PFL, I got COVID and that also affected my performance. For the second fight, I got staph, so just bad luck before the fights. But we’re Latinos and we were born fighting and surely we’ll die fighting.”
Sordi feels his now lastly in kind coming into his bout towards the veteran Carlos Junior.
“I feel very good, although the first two fights I wasn’t in form, they helped me as part of getting back into shape for this third fight,” Sordi mentioned. “This third fight I truly feel I’m 100 percent.”
As far because the matchup, Sordi is pleased to have gotten paired up towards Carlos Junior. Winner of season three of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” Carlos Junior is likely one of the greatest names Sordi has come throughout in his profession.
“There is no secrets,” Sordi defined. “He’s a grappler and a jiu-jitsu fighter and I’m a striker. He trains boxing, however I additionally practice jiu-jitsu, so certainly goes to be an entertaining combat as a result of each of us are going to exit and combat.
“The bigger the name, the bigger the challenge, and the fight is going to be better. That’s always what we’re looking for, big challenges. So for me, the bigger the name, the more I like the fight.”
Check out the total interview with Sordi within the video above.