LAS VEGAS – Rafael Estevam beat Charles Johnson with a unanimous decision Saturday to open up the preliminary card at UFC Fight Night 232 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Take a look inside the fight with Estevam, who missed weight for his UFC debut – and also had a bad weight cut that led to a fight cancellation for what was supposed to be his debut in May.

Estevam on the fight’s key moment

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Rafael Estevam of Brazil kicks Charles Johnson in a flyweight 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 thought I would be able to finish him, but I’ve got to give credit to him because he had his moments, especially in the third round. He is a tough guy, but I’m happy for my performance at the end of the day. Everybody has good days. Everybody has a chance and, I just won, so I’m happy.”

Estevam on his weight miss

Rafael Estevam

“Cutting weight is very, very tough. I was not the first (to miss weight), and I’m not going to be the last one. I’m sure there are many, many details to be fixed, and we’re going to fix these mistakes. Human beings make mistakes, and that happens, but we’re going to work hard to make sure that it’s not going to happen again.”

Estevam on what he wants next

Rafael Estevam

“I have to sit down with my team and have the UFC show me an opponent, but I guarantee that I’m ready for anyone.”

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

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