Antonio Carlos Junior refreshed by PFL swap: UFC ‘simply wasn’t working for me’


Antonio Carlos Junior is prepared for a recent begin to his MMA profession.

“The Final Fighter: Brazil 3” winner is gearing as much as struggle outdoors the UFC banner for the primary time in nearly seven years. Carlos Junior (10-5) debuts with PFL on April 29, taking over fellow PFL newcomer Tom Lawlor at PFL 2021, Week 2. The bout is a part of the group’s gentle heavyweight season.

Again in February, Carlos Junior was launched from the UFC, which served as a house for his combating profession from 2014 to 2021. Though the discharge pressured the Brazilian to discover a new promotion, Carlos Junior already had PFL in thoughts.

“I really considered that even once I was within the UFC,” Carlos Junior informed MMA Junkie. “I used to be good in UFC for a while, they usually have been good for me, too, however I wasn’t blissful anymore, they usually weren’t proud of me. It was a very good second for this to occur.

“For positive, I didn’t need it to be this manner. I needed to realize my objectives within the group and needed to turn out to be UFC champion, nevertheless it didn’t occur. Now all my focus is on getting the belt and the million {dollars}.”

Carlos Junior had good moments within the UFC. He received a “TUF,”  established himself as a identified determine, and entered the UFC middleweight rankings. However the good additionally got here with some dangerous, particularly after the corporate underwent some modifications with the $4 billion sale to Endeavor in 2016.

“Particularly after Reebok stuff, after the UFC offered, I believe quite a lot of issues modified,” Carlos Junior mentioned. “For positive, the leisure half is all the time there in each sport, however I believe the UFC turned quite a lot of leisure and quite a lot of politics – not likely a sport. In case you see the PFL’s season, in case you win, you go to the belt. That’s how it’s. There is no such thing as a simple approach to go to the belt, you recognize what I imply? You get what you deserve.

“Generally the rankings within the UFC don’t actually make sense. You see quite a lot of guys on seven, eight-(struggle) wining streaks they usually’re not even within the rankings, so it’s so bizarre. I don’t choose. It simply wasn’t working for me. I do know it is a enterprise, they usually’re doing that for the cash. I fully perceive, however I’m not the trash speaking sort of man. I don’t hate individuals. I don’t hate my opponents. I perceive what they suppose and that they’re attempting to achieve their objectives similar to me.”

Carlos Junior feels simply successful isn’t sufficient to get forward within the UFC, and trash speaking turned a giant half in getting alternatives. The 31-year-old simply feels his character and even his combating model is best fitted to PFL. The a number of time jiu-jitsu champion doesn’t rule out a return to the UFC, however he doesn’t really feel the necessity to return except he thinks he’ll get pleasure from his time there.

“Preventing within the UFC was nice, however recently I simply wasn’t blissful,” Carlos Junior defined. “If I can struggle for them once more, perhaps, I don’t know. Plenty of issues can change. You by no means know. We by no means knew that we’re going to be in the midst of a pandemic and all these items, so that you by no means find out about tomorrow. If I return, I need to be blissful combating for them. I don’t need to be there and never be blissful.”


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