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Leonardo Mafra Discusses His UFC Return & Facing Rick Story
Posted by Larry Csonka on 07.15.2014

- Former Ultimate Fighter: Brazil competitor Leonardo Mafra recently spoke about his UFC return at UFC Fight Night 45. Here are the highlights…

On His UFC Return: I had been training my entire career to eventually fight in a top promotion like the UFC. I didn't know that the UFC would call me eventually. But I knew I needed to have victories over relevant opponents. I was always ready to fight anyone, even in the UFC. I imagined I'd get there if I kept winning. And that's what happened.

On Fighting Rick Story: I don't see myself as an underdog. I see myself as blessed to have the opportunity to face someone as good as Rick Story. I like great opponents because no one looks bad in a great battle. I still see myself as a novice who has much to learn, and there is no one better to learn from than someone like Rick Story. It will be difficult. That's great. It makes you stronger. There's no downside.

On His Strategy Against Rick Story: I think a fighter's strategy is to fight, in the best way possible. So I hope he chooses the best strategy for him. I don't mean to be repetitive, but everything is a learning opportunity for me. Of course, it's better to learn while winning. But for me, the best way for this fight to happen if for him to pick the strategy that works best for him. We can't choose our opponent's strategy. If he's a good striker, he could be better than me. Likewise, if he's good at grinding a victory. The best is for him to bring his A game.

Credit: MMAjunkie.com


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