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UFC: Johnny talks about his ‘real UFC debut’

UFC: Johnny talks about his ‘real UFC debut’

May 22, 2012

Johnny Eduardo put on a great striking show in the UFC last Tuesday, getting his first win on the organization when fought Jeff Curran. The Nova Uniao representative returned to Brazil with a big smile on his face and washing his soul out after his debut, on August 2011, when he was called in by Ultimate one week before UFC Rio, when defeated by Raphael Assuncao by points.

“I was called at the last minute and I took the chances because it was my dream, but I gotta work on this to improve. I can’t lay back and think I’m good enough”, analyzes the striker, promising even better performances. “Who trains with me and know me for a while know what I can do”.

Check below the exclusive chat with the tough guy, who thanked for the support of Rafael dos Anjos on the backstage: “Brazilians always help each other out”.

What are your thoughts about the fight?

I haven’t let myself go like I know I can. Who trains with me and know me for a while know what I can do. But thank God I proved my striking skills and defended the takedowns. He’s a tough guy, fought against Scott Jorgensen last, and he was a guy who has fought for WEC title and still is a big name in the UFC. I used my skills on the stand-up and many combinations.

You were called at the last minute when fought Raphael Assuncao, so you didn’t have the time to prepare yourself properly. Do you consider this as your real UFC debut?

Absolutely, but I can’t say I haven’t debuted in UFC Rio because Raphael had a good game plan. I was called at the last minute and I took the chances because it was my dream, but I gotta work on this to improve. I can’t lay back and think I’m good enough. I gotta keep training hard, work on my flaws and improve more and more. Now I have to think about my next opponents, but I don’t wanna pick out names.

We all know your striking skills, but eventually you’ll meet a Jiu-Jitsu guy. How are your trainings in that area?

Man, I’ve trained the ground game a lot, like Submission and Wrestling. Like you said, I come from the stand-up, but I also train ground game and I try to get better each and every day the points where I’m not great at. I have to grow using this.

UFC released a video on which you celebrate your victory with Rafael dos Anjos. How was the Brazilian party backstage?

It was awesome. Rafael is a true friend. I’ve had some difficulties backstage, but Rafael has a big heart. We celebrated, spend the entire time together, going here and there, training together. That’s the good thing: Brazilians always help each other out. It’s an international competition, so we all have our family, banner and we all root for the same thing.

Source: Tatame