“I don’t think the loss affected me,” Lopes said. “I am a fighter who takes advantage of everything. I know I made a lot of mistakes in this last fight, but I’m not going to make any more. I think with a full camp I can show what I’m capable of.
It’s hard not to take him seriously when he says he has learned from his loss and will fully bounce back. The only concern when skimming his record is that of the 19 wins, nine of them have come from submission.
Can Lopes be equalized by opponents who keep him on his feet?
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“I think over the years I’ve improved my shots a lot,” he explained. “I know Nate Richardson is a top striker, but I train with the best hitting coach Francisco Grasso. I feel ready to talk to anyone.
Aside from suffering loss, something Lopes hasn’t done much in his career, another adjustment Lopes is forced to make is location.