On a five-fight winning streak, Lucio Linhares makes his UFC debut this Saturday in Tennessee. The Spartan, as he is known, will face off against compatriot Rousimar Toquinho, a powerful Jiu-Jitsu exponent. But nothing scares Linhares.
“I know Toquinho is a phenomenon, but I’m going through a great phase in my career. I won my last five fights and I’ll take that with me into the octagon,” says the fighter, in an interview on the official UFC website.
Toquinho hasn’t fought since January, when he was sidelined by injury. Unconcerned about facing a countryman, the BTT representative’s thoughts are entirely on returning to action.
“Man, I can’t wait to get in there to fight. I’m going nuts, for so long I’ve been away. I can’t take the wait any longer,” he told GRACIEMAG.com.
Cautious about facing such a dangerous adversary, Linhares promises he will be at his best to not make a false step on his debut.
“I don’t want to wait for the action, because he will try and catch me by surprise with something no one expects. That’s why I’m going to go after him. I know my Jiu-Jitsu is good enough to face anyone in the UFC; this is the moment of truth for me,” said Linhares in finishing.
Check out the complete card for UFC 107:
– B.J. Penn vs Diego Sanchez
– Cheick Kongo vs Frank Mir
– Jon Fitch vs Mike Pierce
– Kenny Florian vs Clay Guida
– Paul Buentello vs Stefan Struve
– Alan Belcher vs Wilson Gouveia
– Shane Nelson vs Matt Wiman
– Ricardo Funch vs Johny Hendricks
– Lucio Linhares vs Rousimar Palhares
– Edgar Garcia vs DaMarques Johnson
– Kevin Burns vs T.J. Grant