Almeida (17-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) wanted lower than a spherical to take out Anton Turkalj (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 279 on Saturday in a 220-pound catchweight battle. Almeida took the battle all the way down to the mat early and compelled Turkalj to faucet with a rear-naked choke.
An impressed commentary crew lauded the Brazilian for his efficiency, and Anik known as it “too simple.” Though Almeida has an array of early finishes to his identify, he doesn’t see something simple within the preparation for the battle.
“To begin with, thanks to your commentary. We educated so exhausting within the fitness center precisely for that,” Almeida informed MMA Junkie and different reporters by way of an interpreter on the post-fight information convention. “It’s a course of. We work so exhausting over there. I perceive folks could have a look at it and say, ‘OK, yeah that form of regarded simple.’ However no, it’s a course of. We go all the best way again there and we put a lot of an effort throughout coaching so we will come over right here to make it look simple in your eyes. However it’s a really hard-working course of and we go all out on the fitness center.”
Almeida initially was scheduled to battle Shamil Abdurakhimov, however he withdrew and was changed on 10 days’ discover by Turkalj. Almedia is hoping for a fast turnaround at UFC 280 on Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi and would love his battle with Abdurakhimov rebooked.
“I need to battle Shamil. I imply, he’s a ranked man,” Almeida stated. “That’s the main focus proper now. The main focus is definitely to go to Abu Dhabi, or if we will’t make it in Abu Dhabi, let’s go to Brazil (for UFC 283 in January). Why not?”
Take a look at Almeida’s full post-fight interview within the video above.
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