LAS VEGAS – Thiago Santos didn’t really feel like himself in his previous few fights, however that’s modified within the lead-up to UFC Fight Night 193.
Heading Saturday’s occasion on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Santos (21-9 MMA, 13-8 UFC) revealed at a pre-fight information convention Wednesday he’s wholesome and able to go – not like the stops on his present two-fight shedding skid.
“It’s always hard to have losses but I’m not worried about that,” Santos informed MMA Junkie. “I understand everything. I just came from a big injury so these two fights that I had it’s part of my recovery, you know? Now, I feel 100 percent. I’m sure I will be better than my last two fights.”
Santos, 37, underwent knee surgical procedure to restore a torn ACL, PCL, and MCL in 2019. Since then, he hasn’t been fairly proper. Don’t consider him? Santos advised doubters return and watch the tapes.
“It’s not excuses, it’s just if you watch my fights again you can see that,” Santos mentioned. “Against Glover (Teixeira), I didn’t kick. I think I threw one kick. Against (Alexander) Rakic, I kicked more. I moved better. I’m growing, you know? It’s progress. This fight will be so much better.”
This time round, Santos battles thrilling Brazilian striker Johnny Walker in a five-round important occasion. Santos doesn’t see the problem in entrance of him as a straightforward one.
“Johnny Walker is a tough guy,” Santos mentioned. “I understand that when the UFC offered this fight. I agreed. I didn’t refuse any fight, especially in this moment. I’m (coming) from losses. You can’t choose. I needed to go in there and prove I am one of the best. … He is a little bit crazy but he does good at what he does. He has some knockouts, you know, with fights. I’m prepared. I’m ready for that. I did my camp with (such) good sparring partners. They did (such a) good job in trying to copy him. I’m ready for every single thing that he can bring to me.”
UFC Fight Night 193 takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The important card streams on ESPN+ after prelims on ESPN+.