Brazilian heavyweight contender, Marcos Rogerio de Lima makes his Octagon return this weekend as part of the UFC Vegas 42 main card at the UFC Apex facility — co-headlining against fellow division veteran, Ben Rothwell. And in pursuit of his second straight victory — de Lima believes a career-best performance awaits him.
de Lima, 36, makes his twelfth Octagon walk this weekend as he tackles Rothwell, hoping to improve on his 18-7-1 professional record following a prior unanimous decision victory over Maurice Greene at UFC Vegas 25 in May.
The renowned knockout artist, who has scored 13 knockout victories across the course of his 26-fight career — de Lima has also competed under the banners of both Strikeforce and Shooto in his native, Brazil — as well as competing on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil back in 2014.
Eventually knocked out of the tournament at the semi final stage against recent PFL tournament victor, Antonio Carlos Junior — de Lima would go on to score a twenty second KO in his UFC debut, against Richardson Moreira.
Ahead of his showdown with the veteran, Rothwell this weekend in ‘Sin City’ — de Lima spoke with Current MMA reporter, Bradley Hall — where he promised a career-best performance as he attempts to embark on a two-fight winning run for the first time since 2014.
“I’m happy to be in the UFC and show my work,” de Lima said. “I’m a guy who dedicates myself a lot and I’m sure I’ll achieve good results in the organization. My last fight was pretty safe but my best performance will be my next fight.“
“I love training and fighting motivates me a lot,” de Lima continued. “I see myself in my best version and I still have a lot of room to evolve. My opponent [Ben Rothwell] is a very tough veteran. I’m sure we’ll have an excellent fight. I’m very motivated and I can’t wait to blow the horn to start.
Across the course of his UFC tenure, de Lima has defeated the likes of Igor Pokrajac, Jeremy Kimball, Ben Sosoli, and the aforenoted, Greene.
As for Wisconsin native, Rothwell he managed to stop recent UFC 268 feature, Chris Barnett with a second round guillotine choke back in May at UFC Vegas 27 in his most recent professional win.
UFC Vegas 42 takes place on November 13. from the UFC Apex facility — with a high-stakes, potential featherweight title-eliminator between Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez slated to take headlining honors.
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