UFC lightweight Thiago Moises may have saved his job at UFC Vegas 57. After earning a much-needed submission victory over Christos Giagos, the Brazilian was in an emotional state during the press conference of the map.
In an interview with Combate, Moises explained why he was emotional about the win. Not only was Thiago scared of losing his third straight fight and being released, but the Brazilian shed light on all the hardships he had to go through to get into the UFC.
“I screamed, I cried,” Moises said. “I got very emotional because I was coming off of two tough losses that happened during tough times in my life, but I kept working. When I walked into the cage, the song that was playing was ‘He’s got it. left school, he skateboarded and listened to music”. That’s what I did. I played sports, I practiced jiu-jitsu. I sacrificed my whole life for this moment. That’s why this win means so much to me and my family. All the hard work I put in was on the line. I’m glad I was able to get this submission.
An artist of submission, Moises knew what he had to do against Giagos. Although Thiago likes to exchange strikes to test his stand-up before launching into the takedown, this time around the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt knew he had too much at stake to take a risk.
“This time the plan was to use my wrestling and my jiu-jitsu. It was one of the best performances of my life. He is really tough. He faced a champion in Charles Oliveira, Gilbert Burns and I I was able to finish it and put on a great performance.
The win saw Moises (16-6) bounce back from back-to-back losses to Joel Alvarez and Islam Makhachev in November and July 2021 respectively. Prior to the win over Giagos, the 27-year-old’s last win came in february. 2021, when he defeated Alexander Hernandez by unanimous decision.