Rob Font doesn’t take it personally when everybody who hears about his Saturday bout with Thomas Almeida thinks any person is getting knocked out. Which means a 50-50 likelihood that the New England energy hitter may very well be the one on the improper finish of a spotlight reel end, however Font doesn’t thoughts these odds.
“We’re all combat followers first, so I perceive that these kind of matchups are the bangers,” he stated. “We’re each coming off a loss and we’ve each obtained to go on the market and placed on a present. He places on a present anyway and I really feel like I naturally placed on a present as effectively, so it’s a decide ‘em. I’m enthusiastic about it, and I simply can’t wait to get in there. He’s proven that he’s powerful and he’s been in quite a lot of wars, however I feel which may go in opposition to him as a result of he will get hit quite a bit and he will get dropped nearly each different combat, so I feel if I can put my arms on him and slowly put him away, I’ll get the W for positive.”
However what occurred to the Rob Font who had fallen in love with the bottom sport and wanting so as to add some extra submissions to his resume?
“I’ve obtained that up my sleeve,” he laughs. “Hopefully we don’t have to drag it out on this combat. I’ve obtained some methods, so if I do have to make use of them, they’re there.”
However in any other case, Font is all the way down to bang with Brazil’s Almeida, who’s coming off a call defeat to Jimmie Rivera final July. That month, Font picked up his first submission win as a member of the UFC roster when he beat Douglas Silva de Andrade by way of guillotine choke, however in October, he was the sufferer of the guillotine in opposition to Pedro Munhoz.
“That was me simply backing out with my arms down,” he stated. “I backed up with my arms down, threw a punch and obtained caught. It was humorous, we have been joking round, (New England Patriots QB) Tom Brady struggles in Miami and I wrestle in Brazil. (Laughs) It’s a type of issues. I don’t know what it’s, however I wrestle in Brazil and I’ve obtained to determine it out. However in that one, I used to be doing my factor – I used to be placing my arms on him, touching him with my jab, touchdown punches, and I feel it was a bit psychological break I took. Subsequent factor I do know, I obtained hit with a shot after which I took a sloppy shot on a man you don’t try this on and I paid for it.”
Font knew what went improper as quickly because it occurred, however at this degree, errors are handled swiftly and emphatically, and that’s what Munhoz did. So whereas the 30-year-old wasn’t pleased with the defeat, he did seize what positives he did from it.
“I used to be upset that I obtained a bit sloppy, however I wasn’t too upset concerning the loss as a result of it was a superb studying expertise,” he stated. “Within the high 15, you’ve obtained to be flawless. You mess up for a second and also you pay for it.”
The identical goes for combating somebody with important stopping energy like Almeida. But when Font wants an additional edge, he’ll have it at TD Backyard, lower than 15 minutes away from his house in Woburn. In January 2016, Font fought his second UFC combat within the venue, stopping Joey Gomez in two rounds. It was a superb night time for the six-year professional, and he’s hoping for an additional one this weekend.
“The group actually embraced me,” he stated of his first Backyard bout. “I felt snug, the entire week went easy, I had home-cooked meals, and the whole lot was nice. And the world’s superb. There’s quite a lot of historical past there, so that you get to really feel that, and I fought early within the card, in order the hometown man, the group was so loud. It’s gonna be one other one with this. There’s quite a lot of Brazilians out right here in Boston, so I do know there shall be quite a lot of guys rooting for him, and clearly the individuals we usher in for me, Calvin (Kattar) and Kyle (Bochniak), we’re gonna have a superb squad, so it’s gonna be a present.”
As for the whole lot that may come if he beats Almeida, Font doesn’t even have that on his radar. He is aware of what it’s wish to lose focus, and that’s not going to occur once more.
“My solely focus proper now’s to place Almeida away,” he stated. “That’s all I’m fascinated with. You must keep centered for 15 minutes straight. You possibly can’t take any psychological breaks in any respect in that cage. So my thoughts is simply set on him and getting the W, after which going from there.”
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