UFC Vegas 49: Ignacio Bahamondes In Pursuit Of Perfection, Plans To Knock Out Rong Zhu

Roosevelt Roberts and Ignacio Bahamondes, UFC Vegas 34
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 21: (R-L) Ignacio Bahamondes of Chile punches Roosevelt Roberts in a lightweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on August 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Ignacio Bahamondes plans on knocking out his opponent at UFC Vegas 49.

If MMA fans didn’t know who Ignacio Bahamondes was before his last fight, they know who he is now. The 24-year old fighter is must-watch television and, in his last fight, scored a knockout of the year contender for 2021 when he landed a spinning wheel kick on Roosevelt Roberts.

While it was a show-stealing performance, Bahamondes believes his performance could have been even better.

“I feel good, but you can always do better. There is a lot of things I got to work on still. I have to work a lot of points on my strategy, so yeah, I just want to get better. I’m always looking for the perfection. It’s really hard to get the perfection, and I don’t think anyone has the perfect night but I’m looking for it. I’m always in the pursuit of perfection,” Bahamondes told Cageside Press in an exclusive interview.

Bahamondes returns to the octagon for the third time this weekend at UFC Vegas 49. He faces 21-year old Chinese fighter Rongzhu in the prelim headliner. The Chilean who now calls Chicago home really likes the match-up.

“It’s a really nice match-up. It is a really competitive fight for me; I love it. That’s what I want; I want to fight against the best in the world. This is good match-up for me, and I think I can do really well against him,” Bahamondes said.

“It’s going to start as a striking fight, you already know. He’s going to try and shoot on me; I know this. I’m going to sprawl, and he’s going see that my pressure is too much, the heat is too much and he’s going to break.”

“La Jaula” told Cagesisde Press that he plans on knocking his opponent out in the second round. And while Bahamondes plans to knock out Rongzhu, he also intends to put on another wild fight like he always does.

“Like I always say, it’s just how I fight,” Bahamondes said. “I’m not trying to look spectacular or something. That’s how I fight. It’s how I learned when I was a little kid. I like to fight spectacularly; I like to jump. I don’t like both of my feet on the floor the whole time. It’s going to be fireworks, you already know. Whenever ‘La Jaula’ is in the cage, it’s going to be fireworks.”

Ignacio Bahamondes faces Rongzhu this Saturday at UFC Vegas 49. Watch the rest of our interview with Bahamondes above, where he talks about his nickname, his knockout of the year contender kick, and more.