“Everything went wrong, really,” said MFC welterweight title contender Dhiego Lima of his unanimous decision loss to Nathan Coy in May.
“My timing was really off and to fight a guy who’s good at wrestling, you need a full camp and need to bring in wrestlers, and I didn’t have that. He took me pretty much off my whole game. I couldn’t strike or really do anything because of that.”
For Lima it was a late change of opponent that could be most to blame for what is the first pro loss of his young career.
“I was supposed to fight a striker (in Bruno Carvalho), but he backed out the week before the fight,” said Lima. “We were prepared for a striker, so he caught me completely off guard. It was just a bad night for me.”
Not one to dwell on the past, Lima told MMAWeekly.com that he’s already moved on.
“It really doesn’t matter, I lost, and losing is not anything to me,” he said. “I hate losing of course, but it just brings me up – I go forward and don’t look back and I train even harder. God has a plan and I stick to it. I believe it’s just better things to come.”
Lima will get a chance to rebound at MFC 34 on Friday night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in a feature bout on AXS TV against Nick Hinchliffe. It’s a bout that Lima feels he’s going to look completely different in when compared to his last bout.
“It’s not going to be a crazy fight. It’s going to be a very technical fight, but we’re still going to bang it out – I know it,” said Lima.
“This fight is a whole new beginning for me. I’m looking at it like I’m starting fresh right now. I’ve had a full camp, training full time with a nutritionist, and it’s been an amazing experience. Nick has no chance. I’m sorry, but I’m too well prepared and I’m going to win this fight big.”
When asked if a rematch with Coy is his main priority after this bout, Lima replied, “I just want to win fights; if they want to give me a title shot, great; but if not, I don’t mind.
“I’m starting fresh and I want to test out my new skills and just want to let loose. I want to learn how to fight like I train. If I do that, I’ll be unstoppable. That’s my main focus right now, winning fights, taking what’s in front of me and not even thinking after that. I just want to fight and keep winning.”
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