Diego Brandao was the recipient of a great opportunity when he was pegged as an injured Cole Miller's replacement to take on Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC Fight Night 46 on July 19, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.
And after getting knocked out by Dustin Poirier in his last outing in the very first round at UFC 168 (video), The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 14 winner wants to show the fight world that he isn't done just yet.
Furthermore, Brandao isn't going to get too caught up in what is expected to be a war of words in the lead up to his main event fight against a man who is "Notorious" with his verbal jabs.
At the end of the day, Diego simply wants to take advantage of his main event spot against a popular fighter to show that his best days are far from behind him.
His comments on a recent edition of The MMA Hour:
"Whoever has a mouth, can talk whatever they want. If he's man enough, he can go say it to peoples' face. I don't care about Conor. This fight is about me, to prove to myself. Because of the last fight, everyone thinks, 'Diego's done.' Everybody knows I've been up and down. July 19, Diego is back, that is the only thing I am going to say. I cannot say nothing about Conor. He's already a superstar, everybody know him."
Though he admits he has been impressed with Conor's first two UFC victories over Marcus Brimmage and Max Holloway, Brandao isn't going into the featherweight showdown timid.
Known for pushing the pace, Diego knows he has a tough fight on his hands as he challenges a very confident Irishman who looks to wow what is sure to be a very rowdy hometown crowd. And I'm sure "Notorious" isn't going to let his title hopes slip away without a fight.
Anyone likes Brandao's chances? Or is the scrappy Brazilian in over his head going into enemy territory?