The substitution pits Carneiro against a more experiened opponent but one that would likely give Carneiro a tougher fight and more exposure. Carneiro talked about the exposure in the article:
â€œThe guy is a more recognized name. Iâ€™m gonna go after him with all Iâ€™ve got, since I want to make an impression in my first fight in the octagon.”
Despite the change in opponents the Brazilian fighter hasn’t changed him training, at least not drastically:
“The Hawaiian [Torres] is good on the ground, Clementi is more of a standup guy. I will trade standing a little, of course, but I will not break from my Jiu-Jitsu. I am going to watch the American’s fights over the coming days, but I know he is moving up in weight, and he has fought well-known competition, among them Caol Uno, Marcus AurÃ©lioâ€¦ I am training hard…”
Clementi lost to Caol Unonearly one year ago before coming to the UFC. In the octagon “No Love” posted a loss to Din Thomas at the Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale before winning against Ross Pointon at UFC Fight Night 8 in January.
Carneiro lost in his last fight in Noveber to Fabio Negao via unanimous decision.
Although the match might provide a greater challenge for Carneiro a win could instantly make many more fans aware of him. Both fighters are rather inexperienced as UFC fighters with just a ocmbined 3 matches so both have lots to prove in this preliminary fight.
Hereâ€™s the current card for the April 5th event:
Main Card Fights:
Joe Stevenson vs. Melvin Guillard
Kenny Florian vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima
Antoni Hardonk vs. Justin McCully
Drew Fickett vs. Keita Nakamura
Wander Braga vs. Kurt Pellegrino
Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. TBD
Naoyuki Kotani vs. Thiago Tavares
Wilson Gouveia vs. Seth Petruzelli
Roan Carneiro vs. Rich Clementi