UFC Vegas 65: Waldo Cortes-Acosta says he’s trained harder than he ever has before (Video)

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Waldo Cortes-Acosta makes a quick turnaround for his second UFC fight.

Waldo Cortes-Acosta is making his UFC Vegas 65 main card appearance this weekend, three weeks out from his UFC debut in which he won after three hard-fought rounds. It’s a quick turnaround for the 31-year-old Dominican fighter out of Phoenix, AZ who scored a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series this summer.

Veteran heavyweight Chase Sherman’s fight was canceled two weeks ago, and while scrambling to find a replacement after his original opponent Josh Parisian fell ill, Cortes-Acosta was slated to fill in. Though he would prefer a longer camp, Cortes-Acosta is excited to get back in there.

“If the UFC calls me, I’ll be there every time,” Cortes-Acosta told FanSided’s Amy Kaplan at the UFC media day. “I just started training last Saturday. I’ve been training hard. I’ve never trained harder than that in my life,.”

Waldo Cortes-Acosta is expecting a war with Chase Sherman

Sherman is on his second stint with the UFC, going 2-5 with the organization before being let go. After a short time with Island Fights and fighting Bare Knuckle, Sherman landed back with the UFC where he is 1-4 and is looking for his second straight win Saturday.

Cortes-Acosta is expecting a stand-up war with Sherman.

“It should be good, he’s a striker. It will be more stand-up, more staying in there, I think it’ll be a war inside the ring,” Cortes-Acosta said.

He is expecting a three-round fight in this striker battle, not looking at the past struggles of Sherman. The undefeated fighter is looking to rise up in the division and make some history.

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UFC Vegas 65: Derrick Lewis vs. Serghei Spivac takes place on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. Follow along with FanSided MMA for all your news and highlights.