Wilson Reis Says Bellator Fighters Can Make it in the UFC
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.22.2014
He's an example of that...
Wilson Reis spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Joby Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 49 this weekend. Check out the highlights:
On his success proving that non-UFC talent is capable of making in to the promotion: "Without a doubt. I was the EliteXC champion before joining Bellator. In my opinion, Bellator is a great promotion. I was very happy to work for them. And they still have great fighters. Almost every successful UFC fighter started elsewhere."
On his loss to Iuri Alcantara: "I think the decision was fair. It was a very closely contested bout. I would be happier had I gotten the victory, but, in a way, we're both winners. The very fact that it was a split decision speaks to the fact of how closely matched we were. I think the last minute of the last round may have made an impression in Iuri's favor. Plus he's very strong. And that's why I decided to drop down to flyweight, especially since I'm short. I used to fight heavier because I had too much muscle. But now my preparation has been great. I'm very excited for my flyweight debut."
On if he's tried making 125 points before: "To be honest, not yet, but I'm well on my way. In the past, I never went on long-term diets. I simply cut weight before each fight. As a featherweight, I would only cut around 10 pounds. As a bantamweight, I would cut around 22 pounds. But now I've gone on a great diet so I walk around much lighter already."
On potentially fighting Zack Makovsky: "It turns out Zach is a personal friend of mine, even though we've faced each other before. I would train with him in Philadelphia before I moved to Alliance in San Diego. Not only did we train together, but we've been friends since we fought. But in the UFC, if we have to fight, we'll fight."