Tavares (17-6 MMA, 12-6 UFC) returns after a far more than calendar year-extensive layoff when he faces Junior on Jan. 23 at UFC 257 where by, like Junior, he’ll glance to snap a two-battle getting rid of skid.
The pair were being to begin with scheduled to battle in March, but Tavares was pressured out following tearing his ACL, which in the long run will cost him all of 2020. Matters have been cordial between the Tavares and Junior considering the fact that the original scheduling, but following Tavares discovered out that “Shoeface” was trying to get details about him from one of his coaching partners, Tavares was bothered.
“I know that my opponent went and identified as any individual that I coach with, that he employed to educate with, to attempt and get a small insider investing I guess you can say, and I just chortle at it,” Tavares explained to MMA Junkie Radio. “You seem weak to me when you do that.”
He continued, “He tried to check with and get some intel. I really do not know. It just seems weak to me like you gotta go and do that, but regardless of what. It is war.”
Tavares admits he almost certainly could have returned right before the conclude of the 12 months but desired to be diligent in his comeback to guarantee that he returns at 100 per cent.
“The bodily remedy just seriously obtained me back again quick,” Tavares claimed. “But it was just one of these factors: I sat out for 6 months or so currently, and I most likely could have appear again a small faster, but I did not want to hurry it. I figured there’s no feeling. I’ve by now been out 6 months. There’s no perception in trying to get back again a thirty day period or two earlier and a thing happens, and I sit out one more calendar year.”