04 Dec - 
With little time to plan for late opponent change, Diego Ferreira ready to just bang it out at UFC 231

One week isn’t much time to prepare for an MMA fight, and Diego Ferreira says there’s absolutely no reason to pretend it is.

“There isn’t much strategy, since there isn’t much time to prepare,” Ferreira told MMAjunkie. “So we’ll bang it out. That’s it.”

Ferreira (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was originally expected to face John Makdessi at this week’s UFC 231 event, but when “The Bull” was forced to withdraw Jesse Ronson (19-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) took his place.

Ferreira and Ronson now meet on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed early prelims of Saturday’s event, which takes place at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view.

With the change of opponent coming just one week out from the fight, Ferreira admits there isn’t much time to tailor a custom approach.

“I don’t know much about him,” Ferreira admitted. “I know that he’s a lefty. There isn’t much to learn. It was all last-minute. John Makdessi got hurt, or something like that, so they changed my opponent.

“I know that Jesse fought in the UFC in the past, left the promotion, and it coming back now. He’s on a five-fight win streak in other organizations. The plan against him is just to get into a fight.”

The Brazilian, who now lives in Texas, says that style suits him just fine. He’s been actively working on improving his striking, and he’s enlisted one of the nation’s fastest-rising teams to help refine his approach, as well.

“There are a lot of boxers where I live in Texas,” Ferreira said. “I’ve been training at Fortis MMA in Dallas, and I have my own team. I expect my boxing to be on point.”

Ferreira never once thought of withdrawing from the card after losing his opponent. The 33-year-old lightweight returned to action in February following a 17-month U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension that Ferreira says came as a result of taking supplements from a friend and not through any intentional desire to cheat.

Now, it’s important to make up for the time he missed, and that means taking whatever he’s given, and on whatever notice is possible.

“I take it one day at a time,” Ferreira said. “I want to be fighting frequently in the UFC, for a long time. I want to end this year on a positive note. I can’t wait to fight again.”

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