Billy Quarantillo explains catchweight fight with Spike Carlyle

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Billy Quarantillo didn’t wish to pass up a chance to fight.

When the UFC called with a deal for UFC featherweight Billy Quarantillo versus Spike Carlyle, it came with a catch. Carlyle was worried about making the 146- pound featherweight limitation, so he provided a catchweight proposition. Quarantillo’s focus is climbing up the UFC featherweight rankings was fast to accept Carlyle’s catchweight deal at 150 pounds. When asked if he has issues about Spike’s size, Quarantillo emits the idea that it’s another day at the office for him.

“It’s not really going to be a big concern,” he informed the media throughout the UFC Vegas virtual media day. “Going into this I wanted to fight at featherweight just to climb up the rankings, but since he wanted to do it a little heavier they basically said either take this fight with Spike or you’re probably going to have to wait a while longer.”

Quarantillo has actually been on ice for almost 6 months awaiting his next Octagon look. When he beat Jacob Kilburn with a triangle choke submission in round 2, he last saw Octagon action in December 2019.

Billy Quarantillo prior to Spike Carlyle

He was arranged to fight Canadian UFC featherweight Gavin Tucker in late April prior to the event was eventually canceled due to Coronavirus issues. The next month left Quarantillo unsure about when his next fight would be when he wasn’t reserved for any of the 3 UFC occasions that took location in his home state in Might at the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL.

“I didn’t want to wait any longer, I thought it was a good match up stylistically for me. I don’t think it’s going to make much of a difference. He’s really explosive in the first round but my conditioning is right where it needs to be so I still think it’s a great fight for me.”

Quarantillo is training in Tampa at Gracie Tampa South under the tutelage of former UFC fighter and The Ultimate Fighter Season 6 alum Matt Arroyo. It’s likewise significant to point out that he is cross-training with a buddy and fellow Gracie network affiliate Aalon Cruz who was the last individual to enter the Octagon with Spike Carlyle suffering an early first-round blockage.

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