Las Vegas, NV – Losing at Dana White’s Contender series in Sept. 2021 delayed his entry into the UFC, but featherweight Lucas Almeida has finally made it to his promotional debut at UFC Vegas 56 against Mike Trizano.
“When I lost the fight at Contender I actually told that to myself, ‘I’m coming back’. I came here to make my history and I’m going to really show you who’s the real me,” Almeida told reporters through a translator on Wednesday.
Following the loss Almeida (13-1) fought for Jungle Fight one more time before finally getting the call to the UFC.
“Dana came to us in the locker room and he told me, specifically, ‘You get another fight outside the UFC, we’re going to put you in’. I went back to Jungle Fight, I defended my title, got a submission, and I knew that was it. In a matter of months I’m back at it and I came here to put on a show,” Almeida said.
Across the octagon from Almeida will be Trizano (9-2) who is coming off a decision loss back in February.
“I think that the matchup falls real well with me because he’s a striker, I’m a striker too, I like to get into that kind of game. I think it fit really well. Come on, watch this fight on Saturday because there’s going to be a lot of striking,” said Almeida.
Almeida knows he’s in the UFC to win, but he wants to put on a show doing it.
“Of course the win is really important. In every fight I try to win and convince. It’s so much that I try to win and convince that even in my loss the big boss liked me. So that means I’m doing something right,” said Almeida.
“So that’s why I came here. I came to win and convince as we say (in Brazil).”
Watch the full media day scrum with Lucas Almeida above. Almeida faces Mike Trizano on the main card portion of UFC Vegas 56 on June 4th at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV.