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Ronny Markes Said He Did Not Reach His Full Potential in the UFC
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.09.2014



MMAjunkie recently spoke with Brazilian MMA fighter Ronny Markes, who is set to face Cully Butterfield at WSOF 12 later today. Below are some highlights.

Markes on how he didn't perform to his full potential in the UFC: "In the UFC, I think I was only able to demonstrate 40 percent of the potential I show in training. In the UFC, I hesitated too much."

Markes on his loss to Thiago Santos: "Facing Thiago, I was the most well-trained and well-prepared in my life, psychically, technically and mentally. I also trained with professor (Luiz) Dorea, who's Junior Dos Santos' boxing coach. On that night, I felt 150 percent. I was doing well, but a fight is a fight, and these things happen. No one saw it coming. All the betting sites had me as a heavy favorite. But in this sport, landing a single heavy blow at the right time can always finish a fight."

Markes on getting more disciplined with his weight cut: "We have it dialed down pretty tight. On one of the nights leading up to the (Santos) fight, I feel asleep in the hot tub and didn't manage to cut the expected amount of weight. I should have started the hot tub earlier. Going forward, we'll make sure to stay on top of this since cutting a lot of weight toward the end is very difficult. Even though I had made weight every time before that, the UFC had every right to cut me from their roster."





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