If you’re not familiar with Argentina’s Emiliano Sordi, he’s a history documentary fan, who describes himself as perhaps the only Argentinian who doesn’t like soccer.
He’s also the defending PFL light heavyweight champion, after winning it all during the 2019 season (2020, of course, was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic).
Sordi returns Thursday at this year’s PFL 2 card, taking on UFC veteran Chris Camozzi in the fight round of light heavyweight fights. “He-Man” will enter the Camozzi bout on a five-fight win streak, with a 100% finish rate.
He’s predicting another finish come PFL 2. “In my 23 professional fights I’ve finished all my opponents, and this Thursday night I’m going to do the same.”
This season did not start well for reigning champs, mind you. Both Lance Palmer and Natan Schulte were upset at last week’s PFL 1. “I train my best for every single fight,” said Sordi, who noted he’ll have his shot at victory shortly.
“My opponent is good. He’s had maybe 40, 45 fights. He’s a good fighter,” Sordi observed, asked about Chris Camozzi, a well-known name to UFC fans. “He’s a striker like me. Maybe I have more power. So more knockouts, more aggressive. A fight is a fight.”
After such a dominant performance in 2019, Sordi was asked if he even felt there was a challenge this year. “I don’t know. There’s maybe more wrestlers this year.” A fight is a fight, he reiterated. Maybe there’s more experience in the field this year, he added.
Like everyone else, Sordi spent a lot of time in quarantine in 2020. Discussing how he got through it, Sordi noted that “I have my mental coach, I’m working with him every single day. For me, it was so difficult. I don’t like prison, man. Seven months, or eight months, locked in my house, I can’t train, I can’t do nothing. It’s hard.”
He’ll be free to get to work in the cage this Thursday, however.
Watch the full PFL 2 2021 media day interview with Emiliano Sordi above. The event takes place this Thursday, April 29, airing live on ESPN 2/ESPN+.