Chilean prospect Ignacio Bahamondes will have his second fight in the UFC this Saturday against Roosevelt Roberts at UFC Apex, a fight in which he seeks to improve radically with reference to his debut.
The UFC Fight Night card starring the Kelvin Gastelum-Jared Cannonier middleweight fight gives him a new opportunity to fulfill the expectation, because after his memorable knockout with a front kick at Dana White’s Contender Series, fans want to see him be bright at all times.
“I always fight spectacular, my style is showy. The pressure is there, it is always part of the success and the level I am at. I want pressure, diamonds are forged under pressure, ”declared the VFS fighter in Chicago.
Bahamondes has been training for more than 5 years with Mexican coach Mike Valle, with whom they worked on details of his standing fight that were key in the defeat against the experienced John Makdessi, as well as the weight cut, because with his 1.90 height , ‘The Cage’ is a giant at lightweight and failed on the scale.
“Now I did everything better. At face value, last time he hadn’t taken into account that he hadn’t dropped to 155 pounds in two years. Now I come to fight week with only five pounds to cut, ”explained the South American, who fought twice in a row at 170 pounds before coming to the UFC.
Regarding the decision against Makdessi, Bahamondes assures that it left him many good things to face an opponent with 25 fights at the highest level.
“I really think that’s what made the difference (the experience) and I did feel it, I think it was the best first fight I could have had in the UFC because it taught me a lot. A thousand times that happened to me now than later in my career. I learned a lot as a fighter and as a person ”, he confessed.
Despite having lost, Ignacio showed resistance after being close to being finished in the first round and the recovery reached him to win on one of the three judges’ scorecards.
“Even after the defeat last time, people continued to support me, many more people began to follow me from that day on, and not only my people from Chile but from all over Latin America. I felt very warm to the people, that means that we are doing well ”, said Bahamondes.
As for Roberts, Bahamondes knows he hardly wants to spend as much time in the foot exchange as the Canadian did, but he can adjust against an opponent who is in his fourth UFC appearance.
“I am always ready for where the opponent wants to take it. If the fight is not well above, I will not hesitate to take it to the floor. We have a plan and we stick with it, but we can change the strategy ”, considered the Santiago native, who at 23 already has a record of 11-4 in mixed martial arts.
The fight between Bahamondes and Roosevelt Roberts is part of the UFC preliminaries on ESPN this Saturday from Las Vegas.
Watch UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Gastelum here