Luiz Dutra Says He Was Happy to Get Call For UFC Fight Night 34
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.03.2014
He always believed it would happen...
Luiz Dutra recently spoke about his fight with Kiichi Kunimoto at UFC Fight Night 34 and more. Check out the highlights:
On his hand injury in TUF: Brazil 2: "In reality, it was a minor injury, but because of the shooting schedule, there wouldn't be enough time for me to heal up. I was cut, per the UFC rules. Then they sent me to a therapist; I recovered after about 10 days or so. Immediately thereafter, I continued training, and thankfully the UFC sent me a contract to fight."
on getting called for UFC Fight Night 34: "I've always believed they'd call me. I've been working hard, racking up a solid record, and that's why I had faith that they would give me a chance. I was very happy when it did happen."
On injuries he's suffered during fights: "Against Luis Brito, in 2004, I hurt my shoulder when I was throwing a punch. And against Paulo Thiago, in 2008, I threw a leaping high kick, and I ended up tearing a ligament on my right knee. So it's hard to take any lessons from these fights. Against Brito, I won the first round, and against Thiago, the fight was too short. Losing twice to injuries is a very rare thing."
On Kunimoto: "He's a tough guy with Pancrase experience. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find too many videos. He is battle-tested, but I'm confident on my ground game. Let's see how it goes. I'm highly confident on my luta livre skills. I know I can frustrate him if he thinks that he'll be at an advantage on the ground. And standing up, I believe in my boxing skills. Despite only having 34 days' notice, I'm working closely with our boxing coach, who's from Cuba. I feel great. I believe I'll be able to frustrate my opponent's plans."
On being a practitioner of luta livre: "Unfortunately, luta livre fighters have had no luck in the octagon. I'm talking about practitioners such as Hugo Duarte, Eugenio Tadeu, Flavio Moura, Alexandre ‘Cacareco' Ferreira and Jose Maria. I want to step into the octagon with the right foot and end this stigma against luta livre, and to bring my team and my martial art to their deserved place, which is among the best in the world."