At Friday night’s 2023 PFL 2 card, heavyweight Matheus Scheffel will face off against former champ Bruno Cappelozza for the second time.
Scheffel (17-9) picked up a unanimous decision win in the pair’s first meeting last year, and went all the way to the final in November. While he was unable to claim the title and million dollar prize — that honor went to Ante Delija — Scheffel is in a good spot heading into his rematch with Cappelozza to kick off the 2023 season.
He’s certainly confident heading in, given his performance in the pair’s first fight. But confidence is nothing new for Matheus Scheffel.
“Yeah, I’ve always got confidence when I fight. Doesn’t matter who, doesn’t matter if it’s the second fight, or first fight, I don’t care,” Scheffel told media outlets including Cageside Press this week. “I’ve always got confidence for the fight.”
With one season under his belt, “I’m feeling better now,” he added. “I know how things work in the PFL now. I like the seaosn, I like the format of the tournament, I live everything, and I’m feeling home here.”
While their last fight went the distance, Scheffel envisions an angry clash that devolves into all-out war during the rematch.
“I think Bruno will come with a lot of anger, and I’m pissed off too. This is my fifth fight here in the PFL, and four of those five fights is against a champion or former champion. So I think I’ve proved to everybody that I deserve to be here. I don’t think I need to prove it to anybody. This is my second year here, and I don’t care. I don’t care about Bruno, I don’t care about his strategy. When the door closes, we’re gonna make a huge war. This is my promise for the MMA fans.”
Watch the full 2023 PFL 2 media day appearance by Matheus Scheffel above.