Rafael Cavalcante Wants to Bring a Victory to Brazil at UFC 174
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 06.14.2014
Feijao faces Bader later today…
Brazilian light heavyweight UFC fighter Rafael Cavalcante talked about his upcoming UFC 174 bout with Ryan Bader and wanting to see Brazil regain some more MMA title belts. Below are some highlights:
Cavalcante if he thinks about there only being one champion in the UFC at the moment: "I do think about it. But I tend to have short-term goals. And right now my short-term goal is to worry about Ryan Bader. I do think that Brazil deserves to have more belts. It's a good thing that Brazilians are born with such a hunger to fight, because we certainly don't have the infrastructure that's available in America."
Cavalcante on his belief in himself and losses for fighters: "I truly believe in myself. Most of the fight happens in the mind of the athlete. The key is being able to surmount adversity. There are many fighters who can never rebound from a loss. It's necessary to seek victory until the last second. Losses are part of a fighter's life. Too often we listen to critiques from people who never say anything constructive. I refuse to listen to anyone who hasn't gone through what I've gone through. People feel very free to talk about me. But I only care to listen to those who understand my life. If you look at my career, within four years of my debut, I was world champion. I managed to get there, despite all the doubters and haters."
Cavalcante on his expectations for a win and adjustments he's made for this fight: "I'm merely making some final adjustments. My weight is well under control. Despite having a long pause between fights, I've managed to remain very active this time around. This is the best I've felt in my life. Of course, MMA is full of surprises, and a winning fighter can always lose at the last second. But the way things have been going, I fully expect to bring this victory back to Brazil."