He managed to turn the corner after signing for the PFL and had a wonderful showing in the biggest fight of his career against Marthin Hamlet.
Antonio Carlos Junior Defeats Marthin Hamlet At The PFL Championships
Many expected ‘Shoe Face’ to be a future UFC Middleweight contender after he won The Ultimate Fighter in 2014. But injuries and bad luck ensured that was not to be and the promotion released him.
During a recent interview with MMA News, Carlos Junior alluded to how his move to 205 pounds has been a turning point in his career.
“I was beating myself up [at middleweight],” Carlos Junior said during his media day availability. “Now, I’m able to fight at a more natural weight and focus more on my training. It’s the best I’ve ever been. I went through some dark times physically and mentally [in the UFC], but I feel like the best version of myself at 205 [pounds].”
Carlos Junior was a matchup nightmare in many eyes. And he capped off his impressive PFL season with a light heavyweight championship on Thursday.