FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — The UFC is in Abu Dhabi this week for its Saturday event, and Fall River heavyweight Yorgan De Castro is amped up for his fight with Carlos Felipe.
12 Sports’ JP Smollins caught up with him before he left.
De Castro is looking to rebound after his seventh fight and first pro loss, a unanimous decision in UFC 249 that went to former NFL All-Pro Greg Hardy.
“Definitely learned a lot about fighting in general,” De Castro said. “I had a game plan, it was working perfectly the first round, but then I hurt my foot and I stopped fighting. Now I know I have to come with a plan B, plan C, and be able to adapt on the fly and learn man. You’ve got to learn from your losses, and I believe I’m going to be a totally different guy this time around.”
Getting back on the winning track in Abu Dhabi would put De Castro on track to fight again in December and he’s hoping to put forth the kind of effort he showed in his UFC debut one year ago – a first round knockout of hometown favorite Justin Tata in Melbourne, Australia.
“He’s a boxer and he’s going to try and stand up with me and that’s a bad idea for anyone,” De Castro added. “I have more tools, I’m more prepared, and the result’s going to come and I’m definitely going to have my hand raised.”
“Obstacles create opportunities,” said Mike Fernandes of Infinite Fitness. “That obstacle, that learning opportunity he had in the last fight is going to set him up for success in the future. We 100 percent guarantee that.”