Augusto Mendes is finally ready for his UFC debut, but his biggest concern going into Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 83 bantamweight bout with Cody Garbrandt is his weight.
The multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion agreed to replace John Lineker on six days’ notice, and said he tried to convince the UFC to match him up with Garbrandt in a different weight class.
“I told them I could fight at 145 or 135, but if I were to fight at 135 I would need a full camp, but they said that all the cards are full now and they would only be able to give me a fight on short notice now,” Mendes told MMA Fighting on Thursday. “I kept training and they gave me this opportunity. I couldn’t let it go, it’s better than waiting five months for a fight.”
“We tried to make this fight at 145 pounds, I suggested a 140-pound catchweight, but they wanted it at 135,” he continued. “I told them I will be at 136. I think I will, but you always have doubts because I never had to cut that much in a short period of time for a fight before, so it’s something new for me. I hope it doesn’t affect my performance.”
A UFC official told MMA Fighting that Mendes’ camp did not inform the promotion about what weight he was at when he accepted the fight, only that he would be able to make 136 pounds. The official said that Mendes’ camp told the UFC that Mendes would be available for fights on short notice at either 145 or 135 pounds and offered to fight Garbrandt. There was no pressure for Mendes to take the Garbrandt fight, the official added.
“Tanquinho” said he was 26 pounds over the bantamweight limit when he was ….View full article
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