“The level of MMA in Peru is good, but to compete at the UFC level, I need to be in Brazil or the USA,” he said. “It’s always difficult to be away from your loved ones, especially your family, but it is part of the sacrifice that one makes in order to achieve their goals. I love my country and my people. Unfortunately, this is just a reality of the path I’ve chosen.”
Bandenay is confident these sacrifices will pay off, and with his first two years in the big show done, he’s looking forward to the next two.
“I’m just going to move forward, step by step, show what I’m capable of doing in the Octagon, win fights, entertain fans, and let the chips fall where they may,” he said. “I’m very excited, and I hope the fans are, too.”
Even the fans in Montevideo cheering for Garagorri?
“I’m happy for him that he’s making his UFC debut,” said Bandenay of his foe. “He’s a good fighter and I know he’ll be ready for a war. He better be, because for me it will be a war.”