Ramsey Nijem Says Carlos Diego Ferreira Is in His Way of Winning a Title
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.02.2014
Nijem plans to make a statement against Ferreira...
MMAjunkie Radio recently interviewed UFC fighter Ramsey Nijem, who is set to face Carlos Diego Ferreira at UFC 177. Below are some highlights:
Nijem on fighting in Abu Dhabi: "It was the best moment of my career. It was something unreal just walking out with all those people going crazy. It was one of those things that you always remember, and I'll probably tell my grandkids a million times. Your grandfather always tells you the same stories over and over again. That's got to be my story that I keep sharing."
Nijem on how he came out of his last fight: "I came out relatively healthy. I just kind of bruised up my hand and ankle a little bit. I just had to do some rehab. I broke my hand years ago and I never really have the time to let it heal. I really focused because I knew the next fight was going to be even tougher so I really took time to get better. I've been in the gym training, working on all the holes and filling any holes that I might've shown last fight and the fight before and any of my other fights. I'm really trying to fill those in so I'm becoming a complete mixed-martial-artist. Wherever the fight goes I'll be comfortable, so I'm filling in those holes right now."
Nijem on his upcoming fight with Carlos Diego Ferreira: "I was hoping to get a fight in August, and this is the fight they gave me. He's undefeated. He beat a ‘TUF' winner in 38 seconds. He was a legacy champion. There's a lot of hype around him. The only thing is I'm coming into this fight representing a lot more, and I have no choice but to go out and make another performance. I'm going to go win a title and this guy is in my way. I'm not concerned with whoever the opponent is going to be, whatever his name is, what his style is. I'm going out there doing my best to make statements and keep moving up the lightweight division."
Nijem on wanting to elevate his position in the sport and helping the Palestinian people have an escape due to the current troubles in the Middle East: "Everybody knows what's going on now in the Middle East, and it's really kind of a frustrating situation for most Palestinians. It's a heavy-hearted situation. Anytime there's a time of war, a lot of families are being separated and stuff like that, so if I can just go out and put on a great performance and carry a Palestinian flag out to the cage and give everybody an hour to just get away from all that, I've done my job."