Set for his second UFC outing this weekend in Columbus, Ohio – Brazilian featherweight talent, Bruno Souza believes his preliminary card opener against Luis Salanda will come down to a game of inches, as he attempts to rebound from an Octagon debut defeat.
Souza, a former LFA featherweight champion, made the transition to the UFC back in November of last year – landing a Madison Square Garden pairing with the highly-touted, Melsik Baghdasaryan – lasting to a unanimous decision loss against the surging division prospect.
The New York judging loss to Baghdasaryan snapped a run of 10 consecutive victories for Souza, who has only dropped another single defeat in the form of a professional debut blemish back in 2016.
10-2 as a professional, Souza, a native of Recife, Brazil – plys his trade in Los Angeles, California at the Machida Academy, and has spent the majority of his camp preparing alongside bantamweight, Victor Henry – who landed an impressive unanimous decision victory over Souza’s fellow Brazil native, Raoni Barcelos in his Octagon bow back in January at UFC 270.
Breaking down the stylistic matchup presented with his pairing against Saldana, Souza maintains that a constant game of inches throughout the three round featherweight clash with determine the victor between the two.
“That inch game, right,” Bruno Souza told Current MMA reporter, James Lynch, during a recent interview. “I believe I can manage the distance better, cause he’s (Luis Saldana) kinda, he’s a little bit longer but I have more (better) footwork than him, you know.”
“So I believe I can pick him apart from the outside,” Bruno Souza said. “He’s used to guys coming to him – and I can do the same, but keeping the distance. So I think that’s what’s gonna happen, you know. Pick my strikes, again it’s an inch game. Whoever gets ahead, anything can happen. A knockout, a submission, or even a decision.”
Before his debut outing against Baghdasaryan in November, Souza had lodged 10 straight professional victories, including triumphs over the likes of Wellington Guilherme, Mike Hamel, Kamuela Kirk, Guilherme Santos, Elijah Johns, and Javier Garcia.
UFC Columbus takes place on March 26 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio – with a pivotal heavyweight headliner between Curtis Blaydes, and Chris Daukaus set to take main event status.