At the very least, that attitude usually results in some job security, but with the competition for roster spots in the 155-pound weight class as brutal as ever, Motta knows that he needs to win, as well as entertain, to keep moving forward. And he feels that after being a ronin of sorts over the years, with head coach Ray Sefo, jiu-jitsu coach Jake Shields, and the rest of the Xtreme Couture crew in Vegas, he’s finally put together the winning combination he needs.
“On the east coast, I was living half of my life inside of my car,” he laughs. “But in Vegas, everything’s close.”
Including the APEX, where he expects to end the year with his hand raised. Even if he has to show a different side of himself to do so. But don’t worry, he’ll still have that “Brazilian disease” ready to go at a moment’s notice.
“I think now it’s at a point that I have to win the fight,” Motta said. “I have to do whatever I have to do to win and I have to be smart. But, for me, it’s like my coach says, it’s almost impossible for me to be boring. Even if I won by decision, I’m always going to be nice to watch because it’s just the style I have.”