UFC heavyweight contender, Jailton Almeida, wants to face Tai Tuivasa in his next Octagon appearance as he progresses toward an eventual title shot in 2024.
Almeida spoke with the media at the UFC on ABC 4 post-fight press conference on Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina following his first-round submission victory over, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and explained why he wants to face Tuivasa this October as his next step towards challenging for a UFC championship next year.
“Of course, UFC Abu Dhabi or UFC Brazil around October,” Almeida said (h/t MMA Junkie). “I want Tai Tuivasa. Either he comes to Brazil and feels the energy down there, or perhaps go to Abu Dhabi, where I heard he actually does his camps. So no worries, we can do that. We’ll make the effort and go to him. I’m taking this as a ladder full of steps, and I’m very happy to be looking into the top 10 right now and by the end of the year make it to seventh or sixth. Then next year maybe go and shoot for the title we all dream of.”
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