Brian BattleMMA’s career is on the rise, but he feels that public opinion is not up to par.
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.
However, despite being a TUF champion and still flawless in the octagon, he feels that the public still underestimates him and his potential.
“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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