Antonio Carlos Junior wants to make it three in a row in Rio and then take on former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman.
TUF Brazil 3 champion, Antonio Carlos Junior is excited to be fighting at UFC 212 and eager to make it three wins in a row when the time comes. As he shared with Combate, he feels like his game has evolved quite a lot ever since he started training at American Top Team.
“It’s been great at ATT,” Junior said. “I got some really good guys training with me. I’ve been studying (my opponent) Eric Spicely a lot, because he’s a wrestler, plus he just won his last two fights by submission, including one over my friend Thiago Santos. I need to stay smart even if jiu-jitsu is my specialty. I’m ready for anything and to implement my jiu-jitsu. In fact, I used to train very little wrestling in Brazil and it’s one of ATT’s strong suits. There’s Olympic athletes, great champions. I evolved a lot and now I’m a complete fighter.”
Although he wants to score his third win in a row to climb some steps in the division, Antonio Carlos also nurtures a desire to take on former champion Chris Weidman, which is why he feels this win over Eric Spicely is so important at the moment.
“I really want to grow in the division,” He said. “I was too immature when I first entered the UFC. I only had three professional MMA fights. I have been able to get better with each passing fight. This is my eighth UFC fight, so that brings you some maturity. Today, I’m a more complete fighter, more experienced and happier. I’m sure I’ll get this win in Rio and then, after, I want to fight Chris Weidman. He has some history with Brazilians and I want to be face to face with him.”
Antonio Carlos Junior is expected to meet Spicely at UFC 212, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 3. The card will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion, Jose Aldo and top contender Max Holloway.