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Carlos Mota Replaces Kleydson Rodrigues at UFC Vegas 63

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The motto “hard work pays off” could not be more true for Carlos Mota. Carlos has been training for the day he would compete inside a UFC Octagon, and on short notice, Carlos Mota has a date – October 28, 2022.

It seems to be the norm these days for fight cards to lose a fight or two. UFC Vegas 63: Calvin Kattar vs. Arnold Allen is no different, with the loss of Cody Durden vs. Kleydson Rodrigues.

With the loss of Durden vs. Rodrigues this weekend, the UFC matchmakers wasted no time to find Cody Durden a reputable opponent. Durden will now step inside the Octagon against current LFA flyweight champion Carlos Mota. The news was buzzing on social media with the replacement fight between Mota and Durden.

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Durden’s Stock Could Rise

Cody Durden has had some ups and downs during his run within the UFC, going 2-2-1. Taking a fight against a berserker like Carlos Mota is truly dangerous, considering his current record within the company. Although accepting a fight against Carlos Mota is a huge risk, a win could help Cody Durden rise his stock with the UFC and show the world that he is ready for a championship run of his own.

The fans rejoiced on social media as they began to get even more excited for UFC Vegas 63 when Carlos Mota was announced as a short-notice replacement fighter. Mota has become a fan favorite for how exciting he is to watch inside the cage but also for how he embraces the love from his fans by showing it back to them. The support he has received is a sight to see, and this love and admiration has amped up with the recent announcement.

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Will the Octagon Jitters Get the Better of Mota?

The UFC Octagon jitters seem to have gotten the better of some fighters making their debut and top prospects stumble, some having a tough time achieving their UFC moment. Hopefully, the bright lights and intense atmosphere doesn’t get the better of Carlos Mota on Saturday, simply because has been working so hard for the day he enters the UFC. It is great to see him sign a contract, but it would be disappointing to witness him fall flat on Saturday due to the Octagon Jitters.

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If one of the top prospects like Carlos Mota can continue his winning ways by adding a win within the UFC, they will most likely give him another fight and potentially a contract. It would be great to see Mota get the full UFC fight week treatment as he has worked so hard over the years and the culmination of ups and downs has all come full circle; he will debut in the company that many fans believe he was destined to fight for.

With the addition of Cody Durden vs. Carlos Mota, has your excitement level for UFC Vegas 63 changed, or are you still bummed about losing Cody Durden vs. Kleydson Rodrigues? Let us know in the comments.

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Justin Gibbons has had love for MMA and combat sports since UFC 40: Vendetta. To him, mixed martial arts is a true test of someone’s will and drive to be the best, inside and out of the cage. He knows as fans we are lucky to witness these athletes (amateur or pro) because we get to see the hard work and commitment, the drive, and the heart that goes into it. Justin feels he is lucky to be able to do his part by interacting with fans and by getting a chance to tell the fighters’ stories and let the world know who they are.