The highly renowned BJJ legend and current UFC fighter Augusto Mendes hasn’t really set the world of MMA on fire. When he had signed for the UFC, many had proclaimed that he might do similar wonders as Demian Maia. However, his UFC career hasn’t been quite successful. He has now revealed that his next fight might be his last in the UFC. He has also revealed his thoughts about his upcoming bout.
Mendes who will soon be competing at UFC Fight Night 128, recently did an interview with MMA Fighting. He discussed a lot of things such as his expiring UFC contract, his upcoming, bout, etc. Below is an excerpt from his interview:
That’s my last fight on my contract, so let’s see what going to happen after that, I didn’t pay attention to [Dvalishvili] before, but there’s nothing special there that can make me be worried about him. He’s a tough guy, like anyone else in the division.
I think he’s a good match-up for me. He’s a good wrestler. He likes to go the ground, and if he goes to the ground, he goes into my world. I’m not scared to go to the ground. He should be scared, not me. But there’s nothing special about him in the striking [game], he’s kinda wide a little bit, and I think it’s a good match-up. Anybody who wants to grapple and stay close to me, it’s good for me, so let’s see. Let’s see what he brings April 21st.
I’m a competitor and I love training jiu-jitsu. I train jiu-jitsu all of the time in my academy and teaching my students. So when they invited me, I thought, ‘Why not?’ I’m healthy now, UFC hadn’t scheduled me to fight. I can’t be here just sitting around waiting. I’m getting old, time is passing by, I’m training, so let’s test myself against the best in jiu-jitsu again with the super-fights there, whatever,
It actually helped too, for sure, not just doing the training and having motivation to prepare for something — even the grappling and the jiu-jitsu, I fought tough guys, some of the best in the world right now in grappling — but I think it’s also keeping my jiu-jitsu sharp, my timing good, and my competitive side alive.
You can read the full interview here.