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42-year-old Guido Cannetti not ruling out UFC title run, wants test vs. ranked opponent

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Guido Cannetti feels that at 42 he has finally reached his apogee.

The UFC bantamweight has never felt better, and his recent form in the octagon is proof of that. Cannetti (10-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC) fought last Saturday at UFC Fight Night 211 where he conquered 28-year-old Randy Costa in just over a minute. In addition to the raised hand, Cannetti also left the octagon with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.

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Cannetti has been very open in the past with the changes he made to nutrition to get to this point. The Argentine, now on a two-fight winning streak with two consecutive first-round finishes, feels like this is the best moment of his career.

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“I feel better than in my 20s” Cannetti said MMA Junkie in Spanish. “Now I’m making money because I used to lose, with tuition fees and all, I didn’t make any money. Now I won this fight, I won the bonus, and I won the previous fight, so now I feel a lot more financially comfortable.

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“I want to keep fighting to make money and help not only myself but also the people around me. I want to be more financially stable and feel like I can do better.

“I would like to fight for the belt. I always thought about fighting for a title and becoming a UFC champion. At some point, I saw that it eluded me greatly. I’ve had fights where it felt like I was on the verge of cuts. Now I have a winning streak of two fights, three in my mind, I want to become a champion. I see people fighting for titles and I think I can fight them. It is clear that they can beat me, but I want to do it because I feel good. I want to test this Guido at the highest level.”

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Guido is adamant that he won the fight against Mana Martinez in August 2021. He officially lost the fight by split decision but feels like a winner.

Either way, Cannetti would like to have a ranked opponent by his side to test his current form and see how far he can advance in the division.

“As for me, I’m on a three-fight winning streak,” Cannetti said. “I thought I won the fight against Mana Martinez, it was a fight where I got horribly robbed. I think I’m on a 3-fight winning streak and I want to fight someone who is good and will bring me closer to the top 10. I want to test myself there. Everyone is good at this level, so I want someone to get ranked so I can move up quickly and get closer to the fight for the belt.”

As he is in his early 40s and arguably in the UFC’s toughest division, many may doubt Cannetti and dislike his chances of one day fighting for the belt. To these naysayers, Cannetti would like to tell them the infamous words that Diego Maradona said to reporter Toti Pasman when the Argentina national football team entered the 2010 World Cup after many expected them to be eliminated from Peru.

“I would tell them what Maradona said to Pasman: “You have everything inside. Because the one who plays for it and wants to win is me.”

The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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