Roberto Vargas (12-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC) is on a six-fight win streak and has beaten the likes of Daniel Pineda who is now undefeated in the UFC at 2-0.
His success has yet to result in a call from the UFC, and waiting around for one is not an option. Instead, Vargas has signed on for a shot at winning a title and proving that he is one of the best fighters in the world as part of an eight-fighter field competing in the Bellator season 6 featherweight tournament which kicks off this Friday on MTV2.
“I can’t wait around,” Vargas told Fist-ta-cuff Radio of the ProMMAnow.com Radio Network. “It was hard to find fights before Bellator. It just popped up and I had to take it while I got it, because the opportunity might not be there the next couple of months.”
Fighting in a tournament format is new for Vargas, and he admits that the possibility of fighting multiple fights in the next twelve weeks could prove to be a grueling affair, but still insists that playing it safe trying to reach the finals is not an option.
“I just kind of go about it taking it one fight at a time and go for broke,” Vargas said. “You can’t hold back just because you want to be healthy for the next go around.”
Standing in his way is a determined and dangerous Marlon Sandro (20-3 MMA, 3-1 BFC). Vargas understands that a good showing against Sandro this Friday in the Bellator tourney can open the doors to a possible world title and bigger opportunities.
“It’s a straight catapult,” he said. “If you go out there and smash those three fights, the next thing you know you are going for that world championship belt, and that’s where it’s at.”
Possessing an impressive record of 12-1, with his only loss coming at the hands of Wilson Reis via split decision, Vargas insists that pressure is nonexistent coming in against Sandro.
“It kind of releases that pressure when you get that first loss,” Vargas said. “I think that is where I felt the most pressure. I think that’s the most haunting thing. Once you get that first loss, I don’t feel anymore pressure. I hate to lose. It’s all about winning and taking one fight at a time.”