With UFC Glendale just days away, MMA Soldier recently sat down with No. 15 ranked Middleweight Brad Tavares as he looks to extend his win streak to 4-straight while taking out No. 13 Krzysztof Jotko on 14 April. Tavares last fought in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas at UFC 216, earning a Unanimous Decision over Thales Leites, former title challenger to a prime Anderson Silva. The dominant win was one of the best of his career and followed up an outstanding victory during International Fight Week, against up-and-comer Elias Theodorou.
That was back in October, but the proud Hawaiian has good reason why he chose to lay low for the past 6 months. "I had a baby girl in November," he said, "and that's the reason I haven't taken a fight. I've been injury free. Camp is going great, but this is my first child. I didn't know what to expect."
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The Xtreme Couture prospect has taken a slow and steady approach to building momentum, amassing an impressive 16-4 record over a decade long career. He now has the opportunity to seize a great moment, on the Fox network, in front of the incredibly die-hard MMA fans in Phoenix Arizona. "I've been out there before, when Justin Gaethje was still with World Series of Fighting. The crowd was fire. I'm excited. Arizona seems to have some pretty hardcore fight fans."
His opponent is coming off back-to-back losses, including a knockout at the hands of Brad's teammate, Uriah Hall. Working with his longtime coach and mentor, Ray Sefo as well as Eric Nicksick, Tavares is ready to put on a show for the fans and make a statement in the stacked 185lb division. "He's well-rounded, pretty good everywhere, but I'm the better fighter. Come fight night, I'm gonna (sic) be the superior fighter, the superior athlete and I'm gonna come away victorious," Tavares said confidently.
His bout with Jotko is the first of four prelims that will air on Fox before the Main Card, which is headlined by what is sure to be an instant classic with fan favorites Dustin "The Diamond" Poirier and Arizona native Justin Gaethje in the Main Event.