Thiago Tavares (17-4-1) hopes for a turnaround following last year, when he only competed once. It was the first time since Tavares joined the UFC in 2007 that he didn’t mix it up inside the Octagon for a whole calendar year.
“Of course I wish I could have done more fights,” said Tavares to MMA Junkie. “I want to do three or four fights a year. But I like to think only about the good things. I prefer not to pay attention to the bad things.”
Tavares started 2012 off with a decision win over Sam Stout (18-8-1). Then the year started to decline. A groin injury knocked him out of UFC on FOX 3 against Tony Ferguson (13-3) and his appearance at UFC 151 to take on Dennis Hallman (51-14-2-1 NC) never happened when the card was cancelled. The fight was rescheduled for UFC on FX 5, but due to personal reasons Hallman was released days before the show was to happen.
“Of course I would have preferred it if I would have had three or four fights last year, but instead I did just one,” said Tavares. “I never stopped training. I got more experience because of it.
After being away from competition for just over a year, Tavares returns at UFC on FX 7 when he looks for his third straight win out of Brazil versus Khabib Nurmagomedov (18-0). They are set to be the opening bout on the main card, which airs this tomorrow, January 19. The main card starts at 9 p.m. ET.