Rafael Cavalcante Says He Was Hoping for Daniel Cormier at UFC 175
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.06.2014
He'll take Ryan Bader though...
Rafael Cavalcante recently spoke with MMAFighting about his fight with Ryan Bader at UFC 174, almost getting a shot at Daniel Cormier and more. Check out the highlights:
On wanting to face Cormier: "(Cormier is) the fight I wanted. I want to make clear that I accepted the fight as soon as they offered it to me. Don't get me wrong, Bader is a tough guy. My style matches well against (wrestlers). But I never picked fights and I won't do it now. I'm well trained and I will get there at 200 percent."
On Bader's striking: "It's a small glove so one good punch and you can go down. There's no such thing as a hard chin. When the hand comes and you don't see it, you can go down. He's a tough wrestler, a well-rounded fighter. I really like this fight. I like to fight the best, and he's at the top 10 right now. I'm anxious to fight again. I changed a lot of things in my training since my last fight and the whole world will see how good I'll be in my next fight. I'm looking forward to show this against Ryan Bader."
On his takedown defense: "I talked to (Antonio Rogerio Nogueira) about the fight. The takedowns killed him. I was confident he would win that fight but he couldn't work on his striking because of the takedowns, but this is not going to happen with me. I'm a judoka and adapted my game with the wrestling, so it's really hard to take me down. When I fight wrestlers they tend to get frustrated as I force them to stand with me, and I'm at an advantage."