Unbeaten records are special and don’t usually last long in the UFC.
Fighting in the premiere MMA organization, it’s hard to thrive without setbacks here and there. UFC bantamweight Daniel Marcos knows he’s one of the few still yet to taste defeat in the UFC, but by no means does he let that pressure him. It’s quite the opposite, actually. It motivates him.
“I think getting to see that record is a good thing because it’s an indicator that I’m doing things well, and I’m truly doing everything the best way possible,” Marcos told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “That’s also due to the great team around me. It’s not just me. It’s a good indicator that we’re doing things well, but the truth is that when I step in the cage, I don’t think or see a record, nothing.
“I get up there, and I’m fighting at 0-0. I step in against whoever I need to fight, and I’m 0-0. But yes, that indicator shows me I’m doing well and that I need to keep working hard. That’s all it means.”
Marcos (15-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) returns Saturday at UFC Fight Night 231 at Ginasio Do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He fights Victor Hugo (24-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the event which streams on ESPN+.
The Peruvian fighter acknowledges it’s a tough ask fighting a Brazilian at home, but he’s determined to get his third UFC win and get one step closer to the rankings.
“Victor Hugo is someone who just entered the UFC, and that’s all I know,” Marcos said. “I saw a few of his fights and that’s all. I know getting to the UFC is not easy, and I know that everyone here is training hard and everyone is a tough fight. For me, UFC is the highest level of MMA. Whoever I get, I know they’re always going to be ready. What I can say is that Victor Hugo has yet to face someone like me. I’m coming out to show how hard I’ve been training and where I’m trying to get. I’m not going to give him a chance of winning. I’m going to be on him, and I’m looking to squash him.”
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