Since he turned pro in 2011, Tamez has won all seven of his fights, including his most recent bout in February where he faced an opponent who was definitely motivated to get the win against him.
“I had fought Nelson Salas before as an amateur and I beat him (then) with a first-round triangle choke, and he had actually lost to two of my teammates, so I knew he wouldn’t want to lose again,” Tamez told MMAWeekly.com.
“I was very prepared for the fight. I knew he wanted to stand up the whole time and didn’t want to go to the ground. I trained a lot on my stand-up and I ended up beating him (a second time).”
In the four years since he first fought Salas, Tamez feels his game has developed by leaps and bounds.
“(Salas) was what I thought, mainly a stand-up fighter, but I’ve grown as a fighter,” said Tamez. “I wasn’t the same person I was when I fought him the first time.
“Every camp I’m adding something new to my game. I’m constantly growing in every fight.”
Tamez (7-0) will return to Legacy FC on July 18 to face fellow prospect Korey Vialet (4-1) in a feature bantamweight showdown in Dallas.
“I believe he’s mainly a striker and has four wins by knockout, but other than that I don’t really know much about him,” Tamez said of Vialet. “I’m always trying to work on my striking with my ground and my wrestling, so I think it’s going to be a really good fight.”
Not only is Tamez motivated to win as always, but a victory on July 18 could very much be the stepping stone to the next big thing his career, whether it’s a title or a promotion move.
“If I win this fight it will put me at 8-0 (overall) and in Legacy at 4-0, so I think this can definitely put me into a title shot,” said Tamez. “Hopefully the UFC will start looking at me and possibly pick me up.
“Wherever things are willing to take me with this is where I’m going to go.”