Having been previously undefeated in the RFA and LFA heading into his July 2017 bout against Robert Watley, former lightweight title holder Thiago Moises was expected to continue his winning ways, but it was not to be.
Over the course of five rounds, Moises wasn’t able to perform as he would have liked and ended up with a unanimous decision loss to Watley.
“(Watley) was a great fighter and a game opponent,” Moises told MMAWeekly.com. “I was not 100-percent in that fight. I had some problems. I (was coming) back from three hand surgeries.”
Since the loss to Watley, Moises has spent nearly a year away from the fight game. Over the course of the year, Moises has attended to some personal business as well as ramping up for his return in 2018.
“A lot of things have happened after (the Watley) fight,” said Moises. “I had a couple of injuries, and I got married in December, so I took some time off. I’ve been at American Top Team since January, so it’s been a long training camp.
“It’s been great (at ATT). I have one of the best schools in the world; the best training partners. ATT fighters have a lot of belts. Every day we’re learning stuff. I’m improving every day. Even when I’m not training, I’m just watching and learning.”
Moises (9-2) will look to get back on the winning track when he returns to the LFA this Friday in Prior Lake, Minn., to take on Jeff Peterson (9-4) in a 155-pound main event.
“I’m in very good shape right now, and I don’t think he can follow my pace,” Moises said of Peterson. “He’s a good fighter. He’s an (overall) MMA guy I think. I don’t think he’s a great striker, a great wrestler. I see myself as the better fighter in every area.
“He’s a good fighter, but I see myself better in every area and getting a TKO in the first round.”
Having previously been touted as a UFC-caliber prospect, Moises believes he can once again get on the company’s radar, but has to take care of business Friday night before anything.
“For sure I think about that,” said Moises. “My main goal is to be the UFC champion, but right now I’m just focusing on this fight and what I have to do.”