Dhiego Lima Discusses Fighting Ricky Rainey at XFC 25
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.06.2013
The fight is tonight…
- Dhiego Lima recently spoke about tonight's battle with Ricky Rainey. Here are the highlights…
On Facing Ricky Rainey: "He's tough, but I don't think he's been tested yet. He hasn't had very good opponents yet. He asked for this fight because he wants to be tested, but he picked the wrong guy. I've already faced Strikeforce and Bellator vets. Nobody knows what kind of ground game he has either. I'm going to pressure him hard during all rounds. I want to break every part of him so he'll know that I'm on another level. I've been training at different places. I'm very well trained for this fight. It will not be a good night for him."
On Wanting to go to The UFC: "I had a contract with MFC for years, and I have this fight booked with XFC, but my plan is to go to the UFC," he said. "I don't wish to go to Bellator or anywhere else. Any future fights, until I get into the UFC, will be on a single-fight contract. I'm not signing anything long-term. I'm training with tough guys only like Brian Stann, and Roan 'Jucao' Carneiro. 'Jucao' is the best trainer and training partner in the world. He feels I'm ready for the UFC, and so do I. I trust in what he says."
On Where He's at as a Fighter: "I'm wouldn't say I'm at the highest level, but I could defeat many of the fighters already there," he said. "I think I'll be there after one or two more fights against guys matching my level of experience. I'm still young. I wish to start from the bottom and work my way to the top. My time is near."