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Diego Ferreira: ‘My jiu-jitsu is way better than’ Gregor Gillespie’s – MMA Root

Diego Ferreira and Gregor Gillespie have had long winning streaks recorded in recent games in the Octagon, but only one of them will bounce at UFC Vegas 26, the Fight Night card taking place on May 8 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

The Brazilian lightweight, who lost to Benéil Darius in February in a split decision rematch, admits he expects Gillespie to return as a stronger fighter after a crushing defeat to Kevin Lee in November 2019, his first failure in 14 MMA fights.

“I am waiting for him [to change] because I have, ”Ferreira said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “After my successive defeats [to Dariush and Dustin Poirier in 2014 and 2015] I worked very hard and focused more. He spent these two years to then return to wrestling, I think he will be much better than before.

“I think that he will be more attentive to the kicks and maybe he will sketch them, which I have not seen before. I will have to work a lot with Jiu-Jitsu, more than in my last fight, and do more clinches and takedowns. It won’t be easy to defeat, but I never lose hope [laughs]… “

Gillespie’s 13-1 MMA record includes five submission wins, but Ferreira, who first moved from Brazil to the United States in an attempt to become the next “Jacare” Sousa, has a seven-serve Jiu-Jitsu black belt. including a rear naked choke by former UFC and WEC champion Anthony Pettis.

“I’m sure my Jiu-Jitsu is much better than him,” Ferreira said. “He’s a strong guy, he comes with this willpower to win his next fight because he [bad] a loss. I think he will try to end the fight, and that’s what I have to do. I have to benefit from his game. “

A former Ring of Combat welterweight titleholder, Gillespie won his first six appearances in the octagon with five finishes, stopping the likes of Yancy Medeiros and Vink Pichel on the ground, and Ferreira doesn’t have much material to try to survive in a cage.

“I haven’t seen any trouble before,” he said. “Kevin Lee hit his head in his last fight, but it’s hard to imagine the moment when he will be in trouble, so I think that his fight will be a key part for him and I also have to focus a lot on my fight. I am working hard on my defenses and attacks, and it will make a huge difference. “

In the end, Ferreira imagines how he makes Gillespie knock from a distance.

“I see myself obeying him,” Ferreira said. “I have changed a lot compared to the last camp. I didn’t do much Jiu-Jitsu, I trained more to avoid bad positions against Dariush, but this time I can fight much more. ”

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