Antonio Carlos Junior believes the 2021 PFL mild heavyweight championship shall be contested between two winners of The Final Fighter: Brazil.
“Cara de Sapato”—who gained TUF as a heavyweight again in 2014—is ready to conflict with Emiliano Sordi in a semifinal bout this Friday evening at PFL 9, whereas authentic TUF: Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira takes on Marthin Hamlet on the opposite facet of the bracket.
PFL 9 takes place at Seminole Exhausting Rock Lodge and On line casino in Hollywood, Fla., and airs dwell on ESPN2.
“I’m rooting for ‘Mutante,’ my countryman,” Junior stated in an interview with MMA Combating. “I hope for a Brazilian last as a result of that means the belt stays in Brazil ultimately. And he’s a brilliant good man, we’re very shut, we chat each time we meet. He’s a brilliant good man who deserves it. I’ll be rooting for him, little question. I hope he advances. He can rely on my [positive] power.”
A PFL championship duel between TUF: Brazil winners “can be nice,” he continued. “That’s my want. I hope he advances and we will make this last between Brazilian champions.”
Junior should get previous 2019 PFL champion Sordi to get to the million-dollar conflict although, and sees it as “a terrific problem” although the Argentine fighter hasn’t been as “dominant” in 2021 as he was throughout his run contained in the PFL cage in 2019.
“He was extra dominant in his fights in 2019,” Junior stated. “His two performances this yr weren’t his greatest. I hope he continues like that [laughs], not giving his greatest. He’s very robust, however there are some holes in his sport there. Nonetheless, he hits actually onerous, fights on a regular basis, is at all times coming ahead no matter how drained he’s. He has a ton of coronary heart and guys like which might be onerous to battle. He by no means offers up.
“He hits onerous, we’ve seen him knock all people out the previous season and he’s the present PFL champion. We’ve got to get in with the proper technique to have the ability to come out with the win.”
Junior has confronted and overwhelmed the likes of Marvin Vettori and Tim Boetsch underneath the UFC banner, however parted methods with the corporate in 2021 following choices setbacks to Uriah Corridor, Ian Heinisch and Brad Tavares. With all of that have underneath his belt,Junior sees Sordi as being “as robust as all of them” however vows to take him to deep waters.
“It will be nice to submit him early,” he laughed. “I don’t know [how I’ll win], man. I see him having a great first spherical after which slowing down a bit. I imagine that bringing the battle to later rounds will put me in benefit. It’s onerous to foretell how a battle will go, however I believe the betting odds are most likely indicating a submission greater than the rest.”