Matheus Scheffel has ‘no longer anything else to lose and the whole thing to appreciate’ in PFL heavyweight semifinal bout with Juan Adams
Matheus Scheffel calls the PFL “a promotion that makes wants value dreaming,” and that’s his mindset going into his heavyweight semifinal warfare with Juan Adams on Saturday at PFL 8 in Cardiff, Wales.
Scheffel won a call over final season’s PFL heavyweight champion Bruno Cappelozza, alternatively he didn’t ranking enough problems to advance to the playoffs. Then, he got a call to change Cappelozza towards Denis Goltsov, who in turn was once modified by way of UFC veteran Adams for a spot throughout the final.
Had he knocked out Cappelozza once more in June, Scheffel would have made his option to the semifinal robotically. However, he was once glad to win a option to end up his value as an alternative of dealing with “lucky punch” talks.
“I’m a winner already,” Scheffel mentioned on this week’s episode of MMA Combating’s Trocação Franca. “I fought my whole life at gentle heavyweight, went up to heavyweight, and now I’m throughout the semifinal of an important grand prix in the world. What else do I would like, man? The remainder that comes next is a win, brother. After I fought Bruno, I was preventing like I had no longer anything else to lose and the whole thing to appreciate. I’m residing the dream.”
Ante Delija, who beat Scheffel earlier this 12 months, faces Renan Ferreira throughout the opposing semifinal bracket. Scheffel is on the fence when asked whom he thinks advances throughout the fit. Then again part of him hopes he has the chance to avenge his defeat to Delija for a belt and a $1 million check out.
“I’ll let you know this, I wasn’t well after I fought Delija,” he mentioned. “I was searching for to switch like a lightweight, alternatively heavyweights hit different – [they] best need one [punch]. I wasn’t able and because of this truth had no chin. I found out myself in this division now. I think the referee stopped it too early too, alternatively a fight is a fight. I will’t cry over spilled milk.
“If it’s him [in the final], we’ll explode each other with punches, brother. We talked after the fight and he seems like a actually best guy, us combatants go through difficulties any place on the planet, so it might be great if we fought — however as well as if it’s Renan.”
As for the prize money, Scheffel chooses to stick it outside his head for now.
“I will’t imagine what it’s like to check out your bank account and see $1 million there,” he mentioned. “I don’t understand how that is and don’t even want to imagine that so it doesn’t get inside of my head. That’s how I went to fight Bruno. I on no account thought to be a success the fight after I fought Bruno, I merely thought to be going there and punching each other because of folks mentioned all the time it is usually a quite simple fight [for him], that I wouldn’t get earlier him, and that motivated me huge time. I best thought to be proving everyone I could be there.”