Ontario native Aaron Jeffery (10-2) is an immensely talented middleweight on the cusp of securing the ever so coveted UFC contract. The 28-year-old is preparing to maximize his second go-around on DWCS when he hits the stage in September.
In this exclusive conversation with the budding star, he detailed the gains being made at Syndicate MMA, the advantage of having competed on the Contender Series once before, his thoughts on the matchup, and more.
Jeffery made the move to Las Vegas just prior to the start of summer. Needless to say, the decision has paid off in a major way. Training at Syndicate MMA alongside the likes of Sean Strickland, Michael Chiesa, and other top-level talents has Jeffery feeling as confident as ever heading into his next bout.
Aaron Jeffery Interview
“As of May I’ve been out here so yeah almost three months, he confirmed, “Been training with a ton of high-level guys. Strickland, Chiesa, D-Rod, and a bunch of other really tough guys. It’s funny cause at first it seemed crazy like every time I would train it was with a different UFC fighter and it seemed like a big deal. It’s normal now. Just other guys at the gym training. I’ve been putting in work and getting a lot better down here.”
Jeffery was a key sparring partner of Strickland’s as he prepared for his main event fight with Uriah Hall. In addition to that, he’s worked with Daniel Rodriguez, who put on a masterclass recently as well. Witnessing his sparring partners go out and dominate on the main stage bestows that much more confidence into Jeffery.
“Yeah for sure,” he replied. “I was real proud and I think I do better in sparring matches with Sean than Uriah did in that fight. Obviously, it’s a lot different with smaller gloves and no shin pads or whatever, but yeah it’s definitely a confidence boost.”
Aaron Jeffery first appeared on the Contender Series in the summer of 2019. He lost to Brendan Allen and subsequently didn’t receive the contract. Yet, he’s now utilizing the experience as an advantage heading into his second crack on the show.
“I think it is an advantage,” he affirmed. “Even going to the media day, it felt very comfortable. Being in Vegas right now is helping a lot too. I see the UFC building every day, I’m at the PI building sometimes too. But yeah at the media day was my first taste of it again and yeah it felt comfortable. It felt like I should be there so I think it’ll be an advantage for sure.”
Matchup on Sept. 28
Jeffery is set to face Caio Borralho (8-1) on Sept. 28 in what will be the fifth week of the Contender Series (2021). The Canadian rides a four-fight winning streak into the contest.
“He’s pretty solid,” Jeffery began, “He’s a decent striker, kind of like a karate style, definitely different from anyone I’ve fought before. He’s a little bit like (Lyoto) Machida kind of, but maybe a bit sloppier. He lunges in and out. He has a black belt, but I haven’t seen his ground game too much. From his fights, he seems kinda one dimensional in his striking, but he’s got a solid one-two, but yeah a little bit one dimensional.”
As for his takeaways from fighting on Contender Series back in 2019, Jeffery stated, “Yeah seeing the APEX doing the media. Being in Vegas and chillin’ in the warm-up rooms and all that stuff, none of it’s gonna feel new. It’s been two years, but I’ve been through it all before so I know what to expect.”
Confidence Never Wavered Following Defeat
Aaron Jeffery has just two losses to his name, Sean Brady and Brendan Allen, both UFC mainstays. Moreover, after suffering the losses Jeffery bounced back with extended winning streaks. Since losing to Allen, Jeffery has racked up notable victories over TUF 29’s Andre Petrowski and DWCS alumni, Collin Huckbody. That’s a testament to his self-belief.
“Yeah I mean the next fight is always the one to worry about,” he said. “If you lose you lose, can’t really dwell on it, and think about it for too long. Even coming off of wins, the next fight is the only thing I can worry about. Yeah, how good I’ve been doing over the last however many months is cool, but it doesn’t really matter if I lose the next one, so that’s what I’m focusing on.”
Aaron Jeffery Presents Problems for UFC Middleweights
“I think I’m really well-rounded,” Jeffery assured. “I think I can strike, I think I can wrestle, my Jiu-Jitsu is good. I’m faster than a lot of middleweights. I know my cardio’s a lot better. I can grind through a 15 or 20-minute fight if I have to, which is something a lot of guys can’t say.”
Make sure to catch Aaron Jeffery grace the octagon on Sept. 28 because he provides must-watch action each and every time. DWCS will be airing in the United States on ESPN+ at 8 pm (ET).