Milton Vieira learned a big lesson in his official UFC debut this past June.
It probably was nothing he hadn’t heard before. But this time, it stung him at UFC 147.
“The phrase that fits this is: ‘Don’t leave it in the hands of the judges,'” Vieira (13-7-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of his split draw with Felipe Arantes in Brazil.
Vieira believes he did enough to win the fight, naturally.
“I’m not going to complain,” he said. “I do feel I landed the most significant strikes. But that’s in the past. I’m moving forward and making sure this doesn’t happen again. I’m sure maybe one more takedown or a little more dominance from the top could have made the difference, but hindsight is 20/20.”
It is indeed, and Vieira on Saturday will try move forward against fellow Brazilian Godofredo Pepey (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC). The featherweights meet to close out the preliminary card of “UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping.”
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