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Ozzy Diaz believes Dana White's Contender Series arriving at just the right time: 'I'm right where I need to be'

Diaz competes in the featured matchup of Tuesday's Dana White's Contender Series 47 event.

Ahead of the biggest opportunity of his career, Ozzy Diaz believes he's finally putting everything together in his fighting career.

Diaz (7-1) faces fellow middleweight prospect Joseph Pyfer (8-2) in the featured bout of Tuesday's Dana White's Contender Series 47 event, with both athletes hoping to secure a UFC contract with their performance. For Diaz, it's the culmination of a 12-year run in the sport, putting in four years as an amateur before turning professional in 2015 and then taking a very methodical approach to his schedule.

Diaz admits he would have been happy with things progressing a little more quickly but now realizes the added time has helped him grow as a fighter.

"There were a lot of life obstacles, I want to say, and injuries throughout the process," Diaz told MMA Underground. "There was a time where it was hard for me to get fights, but, you know, I feel like everything took as long as it had to take for me to get to this point, and for the first time in my life, I feel like I'm right where I need to be, man. You know what I mean? 

"People take their whole life trying to figure that out, and I honestly feel in my heart that I am right where I need to be. Everything is just right at the moment that it's supposed to be happening, you know?"

Tuesday's event streams live on ESPN+ from the UFC Apex. Check out the full interview with Diaz in the video above.