Fightful contributor Elias Theodorou is preparing to fight a fellow TUF alumni in Cezar Ferreira at UFC Fight Night 105. However, it was a loss to Thiago Santos in 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80 that has inspired Theodorou to work harder inside of the octagon.
“In many ways, that was my worst day of work,” Theodorou said to MMA Junkie. “I know I’m biased, and it could have come off of more of a draw. He threw everything but the kitchen sink at me, and I kept going forward. Prior to that, I’d never lost a round. To know that when (expletive) hits the fan, I at no point waver – that’s something you can’t know unless it happens. Going on that 12-fight winning streak and two in the (‘TUF’) house with no amateur background, when (expletive) hit the fan, I kept on going.”
Ferreira has suffered several knockout losses during his tenure in the UFC, something Theodorou plans on taking advantage of when they meet.
“I think his chin, I’m definitely going to check it,” Theodorou said. “I think that’s his biggest weakness.”
UFC Fight Night 105 takes place on Sunday, February 19 from the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with Junior Dos Santos and Stefan Struve headlining.