The UFC returns to Australia four months after the thrilling UFC 193, and Viscardi Andrade wants to spoil the night for Australian welterweight Richard Walsh.
Fighting outside of Brazil for the first time in his 24-fight MMA career, Andrade battles Walsh in the preliminary portion of UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane on March 19, and expects home field advantage to be an issue for his opponent.
“This is my first fight outside of Brazil, and I’m excited to show my work to the world,” Andrade told MMAFighting.com. “I will use that as an advantage. The crowd will help him, but at the same time is an extra pressure. You can’t lose in your own country, and I’m going there to spoil the Australian party.”
Andrade fought three times in Brazil as a UFC fighter, with a loss to Nico Musoke sandwiched by wins over Bristol Marunde and Gasan Umalatov.
“I felt that, we have a responsibility fighting in your home country,” he said. “Fans go there to watch you put on a show and represent your country. You can’t lose in your country. I want to make him feel that pressure.”
In his most recent fight, Andrade defeated Umalatov via decision. It was his first fight since breaking his right tibia and fibula in training. It took him more than a year to return to action, and he believes he didn’t perform at his best last November.
“I fought better, but felt the ring rust,” Andrade said. “That Russian was tough, I landed some good hands and elbows and he didn’t go down. This fight is going to be different. I will be calm and smart to do my thing, and it won’t last 15 minutes. That’s what I expect.”
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