Las Vegas, NV – UFC lightweight Nikolas Motta had a bit of added motivation going into his fight at UFC Vegas 84 against Tom Nolan which resulted in a TKO victory over the UFC debutant.
“I don’t know if it was personal but I saw when he got signed he said something that when he has an opponent his whole life (revolves) around the guy. He’s trying to take as many years as possible off the guy life, and I was like ‘damn!’. Why man? Everyone has family,” Motta told reporters including Cageside Press at his post-fight scrum.
“I’m a very exciting fight, I want to entertain people, I want to put in a nice performance. I want to put in wars and knock people out, but at the same time I don’t want to hurt nobody.”
Motta also saw some things that Nolan said on social media that may have added some more motivation.
“Also I saw that he said on social media that (our fight) is ‘going to be a highlight reel finish and I promise you guys how violent I am’. I had to wear that shirt again that says, ‘I am comfortable with violence’. That’s a shirt that my friend Vinc Pichel likes to wear and I copied him. That crazy guy,” Motta said as he revealed the phrase printed on his shirt.
Watch the entire post-fight scrum with Nikolas Motta above.