Thiago Santos sat down with members of the media ahead of his fight at UFC 259.
“I’ve tried to improve myself in everything,” Santos said. “When I looked at my last fight I was ready but I felt after a long time stopped, I felt my timing was off but now I feel good. I feel 100 percent. My last fight was a warm-up but now I am ready. I feel so good for a comeback. I feel very good about this fight.”
He knows that he has to perform in the bout and cannot afford another loss in a division as competitive as the light heavyweights. Widely considered one of the strongest divisions in any company in the world. But considers himself lucky to be facing another ranked opponent on a card where the champion of his division will be defending his title.
“Yeah that’s a good situation, but everything depends on [my] performance. I need to give a good performance this Saturday.”
He would go on to compliment his opponent. The number four ranked Rakic before commenting that he feels ready for anything that the younger fighter might have in his arsenal.
“He’s dangerous. He’s a tough guy like everyone in this division. Everyone is dangerous. I’ll need to pay attention to everything. That’s what I’ve done. I did really well in camp. I feel ready for everything he can bring to me. Striking, grappling, wrestling, I feel ready for everything.”
He also offered his opinions on the main event which will see newcomer to the light heavyweight division and current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya face off with the current champion Jan Blachowitz.
“It’s an interesting fight, we’ll see how [Israel] Adesanya is going to do in a new division. He has a little bit of an advantage over Jan because he is faster, he is longer, he will be able to keep good distance and movement. But I’m sure if Jan touches him Jan can knock him out.”
UFC 259 takes place on Saturday, March 6, 2021, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided who will be on-site for all your live news and highlights.