Heading into the title combat vs. Tyron Woodley in the principle occasion of UFC 228, Darren Until (in)famously described the main focus required through the camp.
“I’ve bought a girlfriend who’s seven months pregnant, I don’t actually care,” he stated. “I’ve bought a daughter in Brazil who I haven’t seen for a 12 months, I don’t actually care. I simply care about legacy and greatness. That’s what I’m on this for.”
Until got here up very quick vs. Woodley, however on the post-fight press convention, the dream endured.
“It simply hurts as a result of I bought there, I used to be almost there to do what I got down to do, get that belt and be the best,” stated Until, as transcribed by Alexander Ok. Lee for MMA Preventing. “I’m nonetheless gonna be the best, I do know that. I simply spoke to Woodley backstage and he’s misplaced. Jon Jones has misplaced. Georges St-Pierre has misplaced. All of the greats have misplaced. That’s my first loss tonight and good now I’m nonetheless okay, however I’m simply upset. There’s no sugarcoating it.”
“A loss has to return to everybody I imagine, it doesn’t matter what you do. There’s sure those who do get away with that, Floyd Mayweather another guys that get away with out that loss. I’ve misplaced only a few occasions in my life, you didn’t know me earlier than MMA [when I was a kickboxer]. I misplaced thrice, I really misplaced for a world title in Canada and that was simply horrible for me. It’s one in every of them issues, I’ll face it head on. It’s all ups since I made my comeback subsequent 12 months, you’ve bought to recollect I solely got here again final 12 months after an 18-month layoff. Fought in Sweden, Rotterdam, Poland, after which I fought in Liverpool, and now Texas. It’s been a journey for me. The losses got here tonight.
“Hear, there’ll in all probability be one other loss. However as I say, I’m nonetheless going to be the best fighter of all time, I do know I’m. This doesn’t change something. It’s simply I can’t deceive you proper now. I’m upset, I’m damaged. I’m harm tonight, I’m a harm particular person.”
Until additionally mirrored on what went incorrect and cited overconfidence, improper heat up, and lack of a pre-fight ritual to achieve the mandatory mindset. Previous to the combat, Until had stated he would win, defend the belt as soon as, then transfer to middleweight. Nonetheless, he stated he made weight with out difficulty for UFC 228, and would seek the advice of along with his coaches earlier than making a division choices.
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