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He may not be as brash as a certain UFC featherweight from Ireland, but bantamweight Chris "The Real Deal" Beal is just as confident in his abilities inside the Octagon as Conor McGregor is.
"In the short term we need to get another W," says the 29-year-old from Ventura, California. "Long term, our goal is to climb our way up the ladder and hopefully get the belt and be the best in the world. We're even more hungry now than we were before. I feel like I'm starving. I not only want to win, I want to win impressively. I want the UFC to say 'Yeah, we want that kid back,' and I want the fans to get their money's worth. I will do everything in my power to stop whoever it is that is in front of me."
Beal will make his second trip into the Octagon Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs Mousasi against late replacement Tateki Matsuda.
On paper he sounds every bit as brash as McGregor, however, to hear Beal speak, one comes to appreciate the quiet confidence that speaks volumes about this man.
No fighter on the UFC roster steps into the Octagon as frequently as Donald Cerrone. In the three-and-a-half years since he transitioned from the WEC, the Albuquerque-based lightweight has competed 14 times, with a 15th bout on the books for later this month.
After being unable to compete at UFC 177 because of an injury suffered while cutting down to 135 pounds, former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao has fallen in the latest release of the UFC official rankings. Current women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey supplanted Barao in the No. 8 spot on the pound-4-pound list.