Diego Brandao feels confident as his fight against Brian Ortega approaches at UFC 195. His opponent, an undefeated fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt, does not scare him. As the The Ultimate Fighter season 14 champion told Combate, he has been training with world champions.
"Brian is good at jiu-jitsu, but we will break his jiu-jitsu. Like I said before, I trained with some really tough guys like Ronaldo Souza, Rodrigo Pinheiro and Antonio Braga Neto. Several world champions. He thinks he is good, he told me on Instagram we would see who's better at it, but this is no jiu-jitsu competition, right? I can't get sucked into his game. What about he gets sucked into mine? Striking. He has said before that if I land a punch, he will fall, so he is more concerned than me. I'm not worried about him. I have a great team so everything should go according to plan."
It was a good 2015 for Diego Brandao, as he managed to put together a couple of TKO wins over the likes of Jimy Hettes and Katsunori Kikuno. He will plan to make it three in a row against Brian Ortega at UFC 195, on January 2, in Las Vegas. The card will be headlined by the welterweight title fight between champion Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit.