Cezar Ferreira says he was not at one hundred pc when he made the stroll towards Chris Camozzi.
Ferreira is coming off a unanimous resolution loss to Camozzi in June, however his first-round knockout of Nick Roehrick within the opening bout of his 2021 PFL season earned him sufficient factors to advance to the playoffs.
The Brazilian bought off to a powerful begin towards Camozzi, dominating him on the bottom for almost all of Spherical 1, however Camozzi was capable of fully flip issues round within the second body, when he dropped Ferreira and virtually completed him. He carried that momentum into Spherical 3, the place he was capable of fend off Ferreira’s takedowns and was the a lot brisker fighter.
However Ferreira says he wasn’t capable of compete to his full potential as a result of he entered the battle compromised.
“The final battle wasn’t so good as a result of – I by no means wish to give any excuses, however that battle that I had towards Camozzi ought to have been canceled however I didn’t cancel as a result of I might be pulled out of the match,” Ferreira informed MMA Junkie Radio. “Ten days earlier than the battle, I couldn’t even stroll due to some again ache issues that I had.
“I needed to take a number of ache killers, a number of medicine that made me type of intoxicated. Folks that noticed the battle, it was clear that within the first spherical I used to be OK. I used to be good, after which my cardio simply disappeared, after which it occurred what occurred.”
Now that he’s healed and well-rested, Ferreira (14-9) expects to provide a significantly better account of himself towards Hamlet (7-2) on the 2021 PFL Playoffs 3 on Friday.
“For this upcoming battle, I’m feeling nice,” Ferreira mentioned. “Nice coaching, no accidents, no medicine, and if my opponent studied me primarily based on my final battle, he’s going to get stunned as a result of Cezar right here is sharp. Kicks, punches, takedowns – every thing is on level.”
2021 PFL Playoffs 3 takes place Friday at Seminole Onerous Rock Lodge & On line casino in Hollywood, Fla. The principle card airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+.