Ultimate Fighter Brazil finalist Fernando Bruno changed his routine a bit before the biggest fight of his career. After losing to Glaico Franca at the TUF Brazil 4 lightweight final in August, Bruno moves back down to 145 pounds to meet former lightweight title contender Gray Maynard at Friday’s TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas.
And even though Maynard enters the bout in a must-win situation after losing four of his last five fights, the Nova Uniao fighter expects a tough challenge inside the Octagon.
“He’s hungry to win and that will make the fight more beautiful, more interesting,” Bruno said during a recent media scrum in Rio de Janeiro. “I’m hungry to prove what I’m capable of after my last fight, and fighting in my division will be better for me.”
Maynard is no stranger to Nova Uniao. Before one of his championship fights with Frankie Edgar, Maynard traveled to Rio de Janeiro to train with Jose Aldo, but Bruno never had the chance to spar with him.
“He came here twice to train with Jose Aldo, but unfortunately I couldn’t train with him and learn what he came here to teach because I was working while he was here,” Bruno said. “He’s a wrestler and people learned a lot from him here, but I’m a judoka so it’s a good match-up for me.
“I was surprised (when the fight was offered) because he already trained here before, fought for the UFC title before, but it’s a great fight for me,” he continued. “Winning this fight, I will move up the rankings in the division because Gray Maynard is a popular fighter, and the UFC likes him. I know that I’m better than him in his game, and I think I’m going to win.”
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