Rafael Natal trained months for Chris Camozzi before an injury to Costa Philippou changed everything. Camozzi got moved to the co-main event spot and Joao Zeferino was named the replacement fight for Natal.
At UFC on FX 8, Natal took the decision to open the main card. The change in in opponents came two weeks before yesterday’s event and threw off Natal’s game.
“I trained very hard for the other guy,” said Natal on FUEL TV. “It changed everything, but it’s a part of the game. It’s the third time it’s happened to me. I was a little bit confused. [Zeferino] didn’t have much time to prepare.”
Natal improves to 4-2 for the UFC and has two wins this year. It was Zeferino’s UFC debut.
They opened the main card in the UFC’s return to Brazil.