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Cezar Ferreira knows he will have haters in Brazil even if he wins UFC title

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Cezar Ferreira had his back against the wall in April after losing three of his last four fights, but a victory over Oluwale Bamgbose isn’t enough for the Ultimate Fighter Brazil winner to relax. “Mutante” returns to the Octagon Friday, facing Anthony Smith at TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas, and still keeps in mind that he’s in a must-win situation.

“Pressure is always there, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose,” Ferreira told MMA Fighting. “I kept working hard. I already forgot about that win. I fought a dangerous opponent, who never went three rounds before, and he gave me a tough fight. I’m in the best shape of my career now, healthy, and ready to do my best and win again. I’m going there to do my best, put on a great performance, and try to stop him from doing his strategy.”

Smith, 27, enters his 37th MMA fight against “Mutante”, and Ferreira knows he’s a dangerous opponent. Yet, the Brazilian plans on taking him to deep waters on Friday night.

“I think he’s a great fighter. If you’re in the UFC, you’re a great fighter,” Ferreira said. “He trained hard to beat me, and he’s tough. I’m going there to control the fight and put him in an uncomfortable situation. I will take the fight where he doesn’t want to be. If he wants to stand with me, I’ll take him down. If he wants to grapple, I’ll make him strike.

“His best weapon is his striking, he’s a muay thai fighter, but I didn’t train focusing on what he wants to do. I have my strategy, but I’m free to do anything in there. I won’t wait for anything. Best defense is offense, and I will attack him in the right moment. It’s going to ….View full article

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