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Matt Erickson and Ken Hathaway

Modern MMA pleasures: Joanderson Brito gets FaceTime call with family after slick finish at UFC Fight Night 232

LAS VEGAS – Joanderson Brito beat Jonathan Pearce with a second-round submission Saturday to close out the preliminary card at UFC Fight Night 232 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Brito, who picked up his fourth straight finish win after a loss in his UFC debut nearly two years ago.

Joanderson Brito vs. Jonathan Pearce

Result: Joanderson Brito def. Jonathan Pearce via submission (ninja choke) – Round 2, 3:54
Updated records: Brito (16-3-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Pearce (14-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Key stats: Brito has 14 of his 16 wins by finish, including all four of his UFC fights.

Brito on the fight's key moment

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 18: (R-L) Joanderson Brito of Brazil punches Jonathan Pearce in a featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on November 18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I will say this was the hardest fight I’ve had in the organization, not because of the fight itself, because I was pretty sure what he was going to do, and I knew things that were going to happen, but I would definitely say that this was the hardest one in this organization because of the fact that it went to the second round.”

Brito on the call home after his win

Joanderson Brito

“First thing I do is call my family. I try to be as connected as possible to them, especially because during fight week, I feel I’m lacking a little bit because sometimes it gets late and I’m not able to call. So the first thing I do is call my family after the fights.”

Brito on what he wants next

Dan Ige

“It’s kind of a joke now to call out Dan Ige because I keep calling him out, but especially because I I do feel like he does not want to fight me. But I would like the UFC to actually give me more frequent fights. I would like to be more active and I would like to have three fights a year. If they gave me a fight in February or perhaps the start of March, for me that would be perfect – absolutely perfect.”

To hear more from Brito, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC Fight Night 232.

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