Eric Spicely discusses his upcoming fight with Caio Magalhaes at CES 55 on March 29. The card will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. and will air on UFC Fight Pass. CES 55 will also be the first state sanctioned event outside of the reservations.
Eric discusses being part of the historic event, snapping his three fight losing streak at CES 54 and what that moment meant to him, getting the feeling of deja vu returning to the CES cage, who is preparing him for the fight with the fellow UFC veteran, how he sees it ending, his tryout with the WWE and pro wrestling and much more.
“Zebrinha” also discusses his brief history with his opponent and how Magalhaes called him out on Twitter following Spicely’s win over Alessio Di Chirico at UFC on FOX 23 in January 2017.
“So he wrote to me on Twitter and called me out and I said, ‘I didn’t know you still weren’t in the UFC’ and he just flipped out,” Spicely told MyMMANews.com. “I wish I still had the screenshots. It must’ve been two and half, three years ago. It was pretty hilarious.”
Having a bout with a UFC veteran and a fighter with a winning record is exactly the type of opportunity Spicely is looking for. Stylistically, Spicely feels like he matches up great, despite the muscle advantage Magalhaes has — something Spicely has some questions about.
“We’re both pretty good grapplers, that’s kind of our games,” Spicely said. “I think I have a little bit more refined striking than he does, he throws wide shots and bombs while I throw more straight shots. I think this fight will play out on the feet. I think that we’re pretty similar. He hits hard, he wants to get it on the ground. But I think he gasses out a little more than I do. He has a lot of muscle — a little bit of suspect muscle if you ask me.”
Plus, a pretty funny outtake at the conclusion of the interview, which you can watch in the video above.
CES 55 will feature a welterweight title bout between Jeremiah Wells and Vinicius de Jesus, as well as the organizational return of former featherweight champion Matt Bessette who takes on Tim Dooling.