Pietro Menga isnt bitter about missing out on a UFC debut due to weight-cutting issues.
Tim Elliott refused to fight the Manchester native after he got down to 131 pounds for his short notice flyweight meeting with the former title contender at UFC on FOX 26.
Although his first chance with the promotion didnt go swimmingly with the Brit being released shortly after the event, he still sees the UFC flyweight title as his main motivation.
Everything happens for a reason and everything thats happened has made me a much better fighter, Menga told MMA Fighting.
There were a lot of positives that I took from it. I think every fighter has moments in their career where they can either fold or just get on with it. Thats where I was, I was thinking about knocking it on the head (retiring) after what happened in Winnipeg.
If I had done that, I would have been allowing that moment to define me, not making weight for whatever reason. Im still chasing that UFC title, that incident has only given me more motivation.
Menga wanted to show everyone that he could hit the flyweight limit and be victorious as soon as possible after what transpired in Winnipeg. When Celtic Gladiator 19 was booked in Manchester for Feb. 24, the idea of being able to compete and not committing to a multi-fight deal made perfect sense to the unbeaten flyweight.
Pitbull revealed that two Russian promotions have offered him deals since his jilted UFC debut, but he still believes that he has some unique selling points that will appeal to the worlds flagship promotion in the future.
I dont think there are any other fighters that are in the situation Im in. I can run through that division, said Menga.
The problem with the flyweight division in the UFC is that nobody wants to watch it, but because I get finishes everybody took an interest; there were a lot of people that wanted to see me. I know I can bring eyes to the division.
Ive got to make weight, beat this guy and be a professional. Its given me a point to prove and I always fight really well when I have a point to prove. Everybody knows what happened last time, so now its time to show everyone the real me.
Six days out from the event, Menga already weighed 131 pounds the same weight he got down to before he was told to stop cutting weight for Elliott.
Its going to be fun stepping on the scales this time, it wont be a big cut at all, he said. Yesterday, I was the same weight I was when I was on the verge of collapsing. This time everything is ready to go, Ive ticked all the boxes.
Considering his opponent, Raymison Bruno (10-2) who has never tasted defeat as a flyweight Menga thinks its one of the best names he couldve asked for outside the UFC.
This is an undefeated flyweight against another undefeated flyweight. Outside of the UFC, youre not going to get a better matchup than this in the division. I think I can make a big statement in this fight that will put every flyweight in the world on notice.
The thing is, if I hit this guy on the chin I know hes f*cked and there arent many flyweights that can say that.
He hopes that a win on Saturday night will be enough to peak the interest of the UFC again, but if not, he says he is more than willing to prove himself again.
Ill fight again if I have to. Ill fight in May if thats what it takes. Im hearing rumors that the UFC could be coming back to Manchester later on in the year for Michael Bispings retirement fight, and Ive got a massive following over here, so that could work, he said. I know Ill deliver. Ill bring a crowd and unlike other flyweights, I go in there and I knock people out.