Carlos Diego Ferreira Says Manaus Fighters Live For Martial Arts
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.30.2014
In an interview with MMA Junkie, lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) said that fighters in the Manaus, Brazil live for martial arts. He will fight Ramsay Nijem (9-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) tonight at the UFC 177 PPV, which happens at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
On Manaus' love of martial arts: "In Manaus, we live for the art, for jiu-jitsu. Many MMA and jiu-jitsu practitioners from Manaus are now world-famous."
On submitting Colton Smith in 38 seconds: "What can I say? I was very ready for that fight. It was unexpected. It was very cool. I was expecting him to strike hard against me. I prepared to face him all three rounds. He closed the distance and when I saw him throw knees, I used that against him to toss him, so I could submit him (with a rear-naked choke)."
On his goals: "I just wish to remain very busy so I can climb up the rankings. It's hard, since there are so many great fighters, but we're willing to put in the work. It's necessary to train constantly, and to be very ready. To be on the main card is a great joy for me. I need to work twice as hard to stand out in such a stacked division. I'm doing everything I can to accomplish this. I know the opponents won't be any easier."