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Despite winning TUF and undefeated in UFC, Bryan Battle still feels underestimated

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Brian BattleMMA’s career is on the rise, but he feels that public opinion is not up to par.

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The 27-year-old UFC fighter has only been into his professional career for three years and has achieved a lot in a short amount of time. Battle (7-1, 2-0 UFC) won the 29th season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2021 to crown himself the middleweight champion and has been undefeated in the UFC for two fights ever since.

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However, despite being a TUF champion and still flawless in the octagon, he feels that the public still underestimates him and his potential.

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“I definitely feel like people still underestimate me,” Buttle said. said MMA Junkie Radio. “How good I am, and how much I know I can go, they underestimate me for good reason.

“I didn’t show any insane talent or anything super scary. Up until this point, I had done my job every time I was in the cage. But for those who want to say something bad, I had a lot of bad moments in the cage that they can talk about and repeat.

“The problem is that I use it as a bulletin board material. What I’m best at is knowing how to win a fight. I may not be the best cage fighter, but I know how to fight the best. I know how to get the job done. …

“I definitely feel like an outsider, but that’s okay. I’m just going to keep doing my thing until no one denies what I’m capable of and what I can do, especially at welterweight.”


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Battle returns to the cage on August 6 when he makes his welterweight debut against veteran Takashi Sato. Buttle wants to make a name for himself in his first 170lb appearance and he’s doing his best to be ready for the new weight class.

“I did a test run at 170 pounds about three weeks after I fought Trey,” Battle said. “And I don’t put things off. I used to put off losing weight and I was a minus so I really do my best to try and get the better of the game because I want to feel better when I work out.

“If you have to work hard because you need to lose weight, it’s just not optimal for your best results. I want to be recognized as one of the best in the world, so having to worry about my weight instead of developing my skills does not contribute to this goal.”


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The story originally appeared on MMA Junkie.


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