Las Vegas, NV – UFC bantamweight Mario Bautista wants a top 15 matchup next after finishing Guido Cannetti by submission at UFC Las Vegas on Saturday night.
“I thought I was going to get top 15 after (Brian) Kelleher, you know, and then I get Benito (Lopez) and then I got Guido. I’m doing what I’m supposed to do finishing these guys in the first round,” Bautista told reporters including Cageside Press at his post-fight scrum.
“I opened up my mouth finally, and I asked for a top 15. Most of those guys are matched up so if not the top 15 then Cody Garbrandt.”
As far as the Cannetti fight Bautista mentioned not trying to get tricked into a stand-up brawl with the Argentinian and stuck to his game plan instead.
“I wasn’t going to let my ego get the best of me, and risk getting knocked out like his last two opponents, or finished I should say. Touch, touch, go for that take down and start to put it on him (was the game plan),” he said.
Garbrandt, former bantamweight champion, is coming off a decision victory at UFC 285 about a week ago and is a target for fighters looking for a ranking.
“The name, former champion. I think he’s going a different direction than his fighting style. It showed against Trevin Jones. I think I could bring it back out of him and I think I can make it an exciting fight,” he said.
Watch the entire post-fight scrum with Mario Bautista above.