The time has finally come for Aaron Jeffery, as he returns to the UFC Apex for the second time, for another chance to try and earn a contract in the UFC. After impressing in regional promotions across the United States and Canada, in 2019, Jeffery faced UFC middleweight Brendan Allen for a spot in the promotion.
An evenly-matched couple of minutes inside the first-round, saw Allen work his way to the back and execute the rear-naked choke to submit Jeffery. A month after his defeat, he was back in the cage knocking out Dennis Olson, proving his grit and determination to go out there and fight, and not sit and sulk.
Jeffery continued his success, with a stunning performance over TUF 29 fighter Andre Petroski, handing him his first defeat. He was then called upon to face Collin Huckbody to challenge for the Cage Fury middleweight title in March. Jeffrey outclassed the champion to win via unanimous decision, making it an easy night of scoring for the judges.
With only two defeats in his career to current UFC fighters Allen, and Sean Brady, Jeffrey has proved why he deserves a second chance at becoming part of the UFC roster. He grinds his opponents down, and always looks to finish the fight. 13 finishes between him and his opponent Caio Borralho, shows we will be surprised if this one goes the distance!
I had the pleasure of speaking to Jeffery ahead of his Contender Series showdown.
So Aaron, we’re just under a week away from fight night, how are your emotions right now?
Aaron Jeffery – Emotions are good. I’m a pretty even keel guy, so I don’t go through big ups and downs. I’ll be anxious fight night but I’m good now.
How and when did you find the love for mixed martial arts?
Aaron Jeffery – I started watching MMA sometime in my early teens with my older brother. Loved watching it from the get go.
What’s it truly like in your opinion, as in your case, in under two minutes in your first professional fight, you found the finish. How good is the feeling to get that finish in the first fight of your professional MMA career?
Aaron Jeffery – That was a great feeling. I always set small goals in my career. Win an amateur belt, go pro, get my first pro win, etc. So to get that was awesome.
A month after your loss to Brendan Allen on the Contender Series 2019, you were back in the cage and came away with a TKO victory, how do you pick yourself up from that loss to get yourself back in there so fast?
Aaron Jeffery – I just had a bad taste in my mouth after losing that fight. I wanted to right the wrong as quickly as possible and we had an opportunity so I took it.
Any fight week routines or rituals ahead of your fights?
Aaron Jeffery – Not a whole lot. I’ll read a lot, walk a lot, listen to podcasts. It’s one time that I’ll fully relax
You won the CFFC middleweight belt in March, how good did that feel and what were your thoughts on that performance?
Aaron Jeffery – That was a great feeling. To win a title in a big promotion like CFFC is huge. There was a lot of stress in that training camp and that made it feel worth it. I wish I had got the finish, but dominating 20 minutes against the champion is a decent performance in my opinion.
When did you know you were going to appear on the Contender Series again and was it something you expected after winning the belt?
Aaron Jeffery – After the CFFC belt I was hoping to get signed, but contender series is a great stage to be on so I was happy with that too. We’ve known for about 6 months so it’s been a long camp.
What are your thoughts on Caio Borralho, do you study hard for an opponent or focus mainly on your own game?
Aaron Jeffery – Caio is a southpaw, karate style striker. He’s a tough opponent but I’m ready.
Finally, do you want to give any predictions for the fight?
Aaron Jeffery – No prediction, just want that contract!
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