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Thiago Tavares Planning a Drop to Featherweight

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Following his recent first round victory, Thiago Tavares is eying a new weight class.

Tavares wants to make his featherweight debut, and is hoping to do so at the UFC Fight Night event planned for Jaragua do Sul, Brazil on February 8.

“If the UFC approves it, I’ll be fighting at 145 in Jaragua do Sul,” Tavares said after his UFC Fight Night 32 win.

“Tonight, I’ve proved that I’m strong at 155,” he added. “But I believe I could be even stronger and more competitive at 145. I’m a UFC fighter and I’ll do anything they want, though. I have to work a lot to fight at 155, and I would easily make 145.”

Interestingly, despite his quick win over Justin Salas, Tavares almost didn’t make it into the octagon. Just moments before the fight, Tavares suffered a cut during his warm up, and the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission nearly cancelled the bout.

“The doctor wanted to cancel the fight, but we stopped the bleeding,” he said. “I cut my eyebrow 30 minutes before the fight, I couldn’t even warm up or I would start bleeding again, but tonight was my night to be reborn.”

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