In just his third year of MMA, Texas-based lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira has become one of the premier prospects in the Southwest.
Wins in all eight of his fights, including his most recent against Chris Feist in Legacy FC last month, has Ferreira on the cusp of possibly claiming his first MMA championship.
“Winning this fight was really good for my career, (Feist) was undefeated as I was, so it felt really good coming out with this win,” said Ferreira.
“I felt really good about my performance that day. I did what I had to do to win the fight and kept up with him standing instead of taking it to the ground. I feel I improved so much in my stand up and felt more confident.”
With the win over Feist, Ferreira (8-0) now gets a shot at the Legacy FC 155-pound title on Friday night in Houston against veteran Jorge “Macaco” Patino (34-14-2, 1 NC).
When asked about the pressure or the excitement of fighting for a championship, Ferreira said, “I think it goes both ways.
“It does motivate me more to train harder, and I do feel a little bit of pressure, but I always do in every fight. So in all, it gives me motivation to push myself to the best of my abilities every day so I can come in my best fight night.”
When it comes to how he matches up with Patino, Ferreira knows he’s in for possibly the toughest fight of his career, but is looking forward to the challenge.
“I think every fighter that will fight Patino, will at the same time be excited and nervous,” said Ferreira. “He has a very good record and is a top and experienced MMA fighter, and I have a lot of respect for him.
“My thing is that I have to beat him. If I have to take him down or strike with him, my key is to give it my all, not give up, and fight with heart.”
With Patino turning 40 this year, compared to Ferreira at 28, stamina over a possible 25-minute fight could become another key factor in the fight.
“I don’t know, I think we just have to see that night (how it plays a role),” Ferreira told MMAWeekly.com. “But I think it would be awesome to go all five rounds, because I never have (before.)
“I’m just going to give it my all 110-percent that night, and we will see what the outcome is.”
And if the outcome swings in Ferreira’s favor, having a title could be a big swing for his career, but he feels he will remain the same fighter he always has been.
“I just have to put everything on the line and hope to come out with the win,” said Ferreira. “I live my life one day at a time, and I’m not sure what will happen, but I will be prepared for anything. I do know that it will be awesome to have that Legacy belt! But I will leave it all in God’s hands and time.”