Arman Tsarukyan is hoping to get a big fight next time out.
Tsarukyan returned to the Octagon in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 66 against Damir Ismagulov as he entered the fight as the ninth-ranked lightweight. He was coming off a very competitive main event decision loss to Mateusz Gamrot and had to take on Ismagulov who Tsarukyan knew would be a tough out.
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“He’s not in the top five but he’s tougher than top fighters,” Tsarukyan said after UFC Vegas 66… “He got tired in the third round and I started to feel it. I tried to find a submission but I couldn’t do it. I think I did a good job. I would like to have 25 minutes. I already had that experience.”
“I would like to have one more time because my last experience with 25 minutes, I made some mistakes. I started to go very fast like I had three rounds, but I had five rounds. But I talked with my coaches, I was very emotional that fight. But I would like to have my next fight at five rounds because I know my conditioning is good and I can make tired everybody and choke [them] to end the fight.”
With Tsarukyan getting the win, he improved to 19-3 as a pro and is now 6-2 inside the UFC with his other loss being his debut which he took on short notice as he dropped a decision to Islam Makhachev. With that, he hopes he can get a big fight next time out and has his eyes on either Charles Oliveira or Beneil Dariush.
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“I would like to have my next fight [against] Charles Oliveira or [Beneil] Dariush,” Tsarukyan said. “Because I deserve to have a big name. They don’t have a fight now and I’m ready.”
As of right now, Arman Tsarukyan is uncertain when he will fight, but he hopes to make a quick turnaround. The plan is to continue to train and get better and be ready for a top-five opponent next time out.
“I don’t get injured, I feel good,” Tsarukyan said. “I’m young and I can cut weight. If the UFC offered me a big fight, I’m going to be ready in two months. But if they’re going to offer me someone from the top 15, I’m not going to fight. I’m going to wait like a little bit, improve my skills and go to [American Top Team] to train with my coach, because last camp I had in Thailand because I didn’t have a visa. He got mad.”
“This time, I’ve got to go to Miami, ATT, and train with him for a long time to choke everybody. This time, I made some mistakes in grappling and I’m going to improve it and we’re going to choke everybody.”
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