Matheus Camilo is looking to have a massive 2023.
Camilo (4-2) returns to action on February 5 at Fury FC 74 in Houston, TX, against Fury veteran Jake Heffernan.
It has been a long nine months for the 22-year-old Brazilian, who now trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. The regional scene is filled with ups and downs, and for him, the last nine months were filled with a bunch of turned-down fights.
“My manager Jason [House] and Lance [Spaude] tried to get fights for me. But everyone said no, you know, but now I got an opponent,” Camilo told Cageside Press in an exclusive interview. “I felt frustrated because I want to fight. I train every day so hard, and I want to fight to follow my dreams, and if I can’t fight, then I can’t follow my dreams, you know?”
Camilo is coming off a brutal knockout of Tyrek Malveaux at Fury FC 65 and is looking to get another finish on Sunday as he faces the ultra-game Heffernan, who is a step up in competition.
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“He is a tough opponent. I came here to follow my dreams, and nobody can stop me,” Camilo said. It’s a formidable opponent, but I’m ready. I trained for so long and trained so hard every day. Nobody is training harder than me.”
“I think he is the first challenge in my career…wherever the fight goes, I will win. I’m ready in the grappling, in the stand-up. If he wants to strike, I’m ready. If he wants to grapple, let’s grapple.”
Getting his first fight out of the way in February is a big deal for Camilo because he wants to compete on season eight of Dana White’s Contender Series, which will take place later this year.
“This is a big year for me,” Camilo said. “I want to take three more fights and then [fight] on the Contender Series. I’ve trained since I was 13 years old for this moment. I think my moment coming. And I’m waiting for this.”
Watch the rest of our interview with Matheus Camilo above. Camilo fights Heffernan this weekend at Fury FC 74 exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.