Waldo Cortes-Acosta was excited to make his MMA debut on the main card at UFC Fight Night 213, and despite not getting a finish, he was happy to do it.
Despite landing several strong blows that connected with Jared Vanderaa, the Dominican heavyweight was unable to end the fight. Cortes-Acosta (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) seemed to have no answer for Vanderaa (12-10 MMA, 1-6 UFCstrong )’s leg kicks at first, but the exchange pulled out audible taunts and emotion from the defending champion.
“Yeah, I felt them, but that’s why we’re here,” Cortes-Acosta told reporters.
“It’s a war, and whatever he needs to do. If your leg is shot, whatever happens, you need to keep pounding.”
Cortes-Acosta yelled at his opponent and danced the salsa as a nod to his alias as they both worked through his opponent’s leg kicks strategy.
“It is a stage,” Cortes-Acosta said.
“A stage where you can dance, you can be yourself, express yourself, you gotta play, everybody’s looking at you. That’s what you’re going to see from me. … The more I continue to fight, that’s the Waldo you’re going to see, somebody that’s loose and happy to be here.”
When he returns, Cortes-Acosta hopes to square off against “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweight Edition” champion.
“I think he’s actually watching the fight, and I think he’s watching the interviews, and I think he knows it’s him that I want, Mohammaed Usman.”
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