Las Vegas, NV – With a roster filled with foreign fighters UFC events are attended by people from many countries making the trip to support their hometown fighters. For UFC middleweight Andre Muniz Las Vegas felt like home specially with so many other Brazilian fighters on the card.
“It’s amazing. The energy here is so good. I was doing sauna and there was a lot of Brazilians there. I was walking in the hotel, a lot of Brazilians there so the energy is so good. We are all supporting each other and I’m sure the energy helped me, helped Bruno Silva who just won. I’m sure it’s going to help Amanda and Charles so they’re going to keep the belt,” Muniz said to the media through a translator.
“Looks like the event is in Brazil and we are fighting at home,” Muniz said with a smile.
Muniz (22-4) defeated Eryk Anders (14-6) in the early prelims of UFC 269 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night by submission in the first round.
“Eryk Anders is a very tough guy. He has a lot of experience. He’s fought Brazilian guys like Lyoto Machida, Thiago “Marreta” (Santos). He did fight some main events before. So I was expecting a really really hard fight. Even harder than it was, but me and my team put a lot of hard work for this camp. That’s why I was able to fight like that. And I know sometimes it look like easier than it was. But it was not that easy.”
As for what is next for the Brazilian middleweight, Muniz wants to keep moving up and he had a name in mind.
“Right now I’m looking forward to the next step. I want a big name, maybe a fight night. I want to fight someone in the rankings. Right now I just called out Darren Till, and let’s see. I want to fight a big name.”
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