Las Vegas, NV — Bill Algeo isn’t entirely sure he still has a fight this weekend, but it’s out of his hands.
During Wednesday’s UFC Vegas 46 media day, opponent Joanderson Brito did not appear, a result of COVID-19 protocols stemming from an inconclusive test. Brito will be tested again, and for now the fight is still a go at least.
“I was kind of hoping somebody on [Calvin] Kattar’s team popped, and I could fight Giga [Chikadze]. That’d be excellent,” Algeo quipped during his own media appearance. “If the stars align, maybe that could happen, but then again, I shouldn’t wish ill will and I don’t. But if they pop a test, it’s not the end of the world.”
In all fairness to Algeo, he does have a history with Chikadze. That history goes back to a sparring incident, with Algeo accusing Chikadze of getting out of line in what should have been light sparring.
When Chikadze was asked about Algeo Wednesday, he didn’t have much to say. Certainly nothing positive.
“No, he’s going to pretend like he doesn’t know who I am, and I get it,” Algeo later stated. “But he knows me.”
Thus far, Bill Algeo hasn’t found the results he’s wanted through four fights in the UFC, posting a 2-2 record. “I feel like I haven’t lost, just some of the fights I haven’t won, if that makes sense,” he said, explaining the inconsistency. “I’ve got to do more, show more, play the game a little bit more, and just try to punch people in the face. Sometimes you’ve got to play every aspect of the sport. So that’s what I’ve been working on. I’m well rounded, but show it. Get the W, because that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”
Put another way, however, Algeo is undefeated in the UFC by opponents not named Ricardo. “Ricardo Ramos, Ricardo Lamas, if there’s a Ricardo Thomas out there, I don’t want to fight you,” joked Algeo. “Or I do, and you can just give me that Fight of the Night bonus. But we’ll see how it goes.”
The other issue Algeo has run up against of late is simply getting to the cage. He competed just once in 2021.
That, said Algeo, is due to “COVID. We were supposed to fight in April, then it was postponed into May, and then I actually had a little bit of an injury after that. I was scheduled to fight [Makwan] Amirkhani, I got offered, I love that fight, it’s just I actually hurt my arm moving drywall, of all things. I didn’t want to go in there compromised, because it’s just not a good [idea].”
Bill Algeo will (hopefully) meet Joanderson Brito at UFC Vegas 46 this Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. More coverage from the event can be found below.