Pitbull chose to defend the featherweight title against Carvalho in the quarterfinals of the grand prix, which makes Carvalho feel like a kid on Christmas.
“I feel like a kid on Christmas,” Carvalho said at the Bellator 228 post-fight press conference (via Nick Baldwin of Bloody Elbow). “I know a date when I’m going to become world champion, so I’m pretty happy.”
One thing Carvalho doesn’t understand is just why Pitbull chose to face him next, but Carvalho does promise to win featherweight gold when they collide.
“I was like, ‘Who knows if he’ll pick me?’” Carvalho said. “I don’t know why he picked me. Maybe he underestimates me. That was pretty much the story of my life. Since the very beginning of my career, everyone looked down on me. Everyone said I wouldn’t do it. Look where I am right now — 24 years of age, I will become world champion, mark my words.”
The pair are scheduled to meet in March of 2020, but no date for that bout has been revealed at this time.