* The former PFL champion, who earned $ 1 million by winning the organisation’s Heavyweight GP, Philipe Lins was signed by The UFC and made his debut in May. Matched up against the experienced Andrei Arlovski, in a fight that lasted three rounds, where in the end, the referees unanimously declared a Belarusian victory. Over a month later, the Brazilian returns to the cage, on Saturday (27th), where he will face Tanner Boser at the UFC Apex, located in Las Vegas (USA).

At 34 years old and a record of 14 wins and four losses professional MMA, Philipe thought he performed well for his first fight in the largest MMA organisation in the world. Although he acknowledged that nerves and having been idle for so long, had a negative impact on his performance. The Brazilian considers he did what was necessary, to emerge victorious in his fight against Arlovski, clearly disagreeing with the judges’ decision at the end of three rounds.

“I believe I won that fight, but the judges are there to judge and we have seen many fights where one athlete clearly wins, but the judges give the victory to the other fighter. I was one and a half without fighting fighting, add to that the fact I was making my UFC debut, lots of anxiety, all this impacted a little my performance. Overall, I think I did well, I fought against a known fighter, a guy who has made his own history in the UFC, who is an ex-champion and is very experienced. It was a good fight, If only I had been a little more aggressive, more precise with my blows ”, he talked about, in an interview with TATAME.

In a chat with the Brazilian heavyweight, he spoke about fighting for the second time since the UFC restart in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and also made an analysis of his opponent this Saturday. He also spoke about other Brazilian fighters in his division, such as Rodrigo “Zé Colmeia” and Augusto Sakai.

Check out the full interview with Philipe Lins:

  • Your second fight since the return of UFC events

I am very happy to have these opportunities. I believe that, I had a good fight and didn’t get hurt, so I recovered quickly. They were looking for a fight for my opponent and I was ready. It is a pleasure to be fighting again and I always try to keep a full schedule, because I train better when I know  what I have to do and therefore take better care of my body.

– Managers telephone call and training for the new opponent

My manager called me offering the fight and I took it on the spot. I had continued training, I watched my fight against Arlovski a few times, to fix some details, some errors. He’s a similar guy, who is also a striker, just like Arlovski, so we just adjusted a few things. The training, was the similar, so we are ready for this next challenge.

– UFC debut against Andrei Arlovski 

I believe I won that fight, but the judges are there to judge and we have seen many fights where one athlete clearly wins, but the judges give the victory to the other fighter. I was one and a half without fighting fighting, add to that the fact I was making my UFC debut, lots of anxiety, all this impacted a little my performance. Overall, I think I did well, I fought against a known fighter, a guy who has made his own history in the UFC, who is an ex-champion and is very experienced. It was a good fight, If only I had been a little more aggressive, more precise with my blows. I think I had a good performance, but I think I only showed 60% of my potential in this fight. If I had been a little better, I would of knocked him out.

– Analysis of next opponent

He is a heavyweight that moves well, changes his guard regularly and hits well with his right, his left and he kicks well too. My strategy has changed a  bit, maybe I can take my opponent down to try and score points, or to get a submission if he leaves something open. I have a lot of trust in my striking, I like to beat people up, I believe most of the fight will be standing, I think this time I will knock out my opponent and, who knows, win a performance bonus on the night.

– Experience of fighting in the UFC and an analysis of the heavyweight division

The opportunity came at the right time. Today I’m a more focused fighter, who can deal better with the pressures of fighting in the biggest event in the world. I feel good and honoured by this responsibility passed to me, because it makes me more focused, trains more, makes me perform well. Within the division, we have very good guys, such as Rodrigo Zé Colmeia, Augusto Sakai, who are doing very well. I want to conquer my space, little by little and if I have an opportunity to fight against a higher ranked guy, a Top 15 or Top 10, I will give my best. In the near future, I hope to be near the top of the division.

FULL CARD:

UFC on ESPN 12UFC Apex, in Las Vegas (USA)

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Main Card

Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker

Middleweight: Mike Perry vs. Mickey Gall

Heavyweight: Gian Villante vs. Maurice Greene

Middleweight: Brendan Allen vs. Kyle Daukaus

Heavyweight: Philipe Lins vs. Tanner Boser

Catch weight (68kg): Sean Woodson vs. Julian Erosa

Preliminary Card

Lightweight: Luis Peña vs. Khama Worthy

Middleweight: Takashi Sato vs. Jason Witt

Strawweight: Kay Hansen vs. Jinh Yu Frey

Featherweight: Jordan Griffin vs. Youssef Zalal

* By Mateus Machado