David Mitchell Says Not Getting to Fight at UFC on FUEL TV 6 Was Frustrating
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 11.25.2012
He wants to begin his comeback...
David Mitchell recently spoke with MMAjunkie about recovering from some physical issues, his fight at UFC on FUEL TV 6 getting scratched and more. Check out the highlights:
On his plans for a January return to the octagon: "I've been training really well. I've just been really motivated. I've been watching video and working on all my weaknesses. I just want to be a better fighter than I've ever been before. I still have the UFC contract. I still have that opportunity. I think they want to see what I can do, and I think anybody that's watched me fight in the past knows that I can bring more to the cage, and that's the plan."
On his physical issues following his first two UFC fights: "I had an impinged nerve in my cervical spine. I had surgery in April, and the surgeon said that the nerve was 80 percent blocked. Basically, I fought Paulo [Thiago] and actually a couple of fights before that with basically no strength on my left side and a lot of atrophy of the muscles. He said the surgery was successful, and he opened up all the way back up to 100 percent by carving a little bone away. So I'm fixed, and it's been kind of a long rehabilitation trying to get back into shape. It definitely hurt my jiu-jitsu game. I didn't have the strength to do some of the stuff I wanted to do. It really affected my strength and speed on my left side. Now I'm finally ready to go, and then in the past couple of weeks, all this happened."
On his fight with Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC on FUEL TV 6 getting scratched due to Lim's medical issues during weigh-ins: "I saw the guy the day before weigh-ins, and he didn't look too good. I actually thought it was Dong Hyun Kim because the guys around me were like, 'Oh, it's the guy on the poster'...Unfortunately, they told me Friday morning that Mr. Lim was out for medical reasons. Obviously I put two and two together at that point. He looked like a really big guy. I saw him at the airport when we were leaving, too, and he looked like he should be fighting at 185 pounds. But I understand people trying to gain that advantage and drop a weight class and stuff like that. It's just unfortunate and kind of embarrassing. I want to fight. My friends and family were looking forward to seeing me fight and getting up early in the morning to watch, and then there was no fight."
On wanting a rematch against Thiago: "I actually thought maybe I'd get to go in there and fight Paulo Thiago again. I was actually pretty excited about that. I want that fight again."
On not being able to fight at UFC on FUEL TV 6: "I kind of just kept my weight low just in case something fell through at 170 or 185. I just tried to be there for the weigh-in and hang with all the guys and see it through, as tough as that was...On Saturday morning, me and my sister went for an open-top bus tour, so I got to see some of the sights in Macau and where they do the auto race. We went and checked out the market and bought some gifts for some folks back home. It was really a bummer to watch the fights that night and think, 'I should be fighting. I should be walking to the cage right now.' Instead, I was sitting there watching a bunch of other guys fight. That sucks. At least it turned out to be a pretty good card."
On getting his show money for the event: "I'm grateful to get a few bucks from the UFC. It will definitely help me with the next training camp. I'm just going to put that money toward superior nutrition and better training and just try and stay on track."
On wanting to show that he's not the fighter he started off as in the UFC: "A week before I went to Rio to fight Paulo, I was in so much pain they had to put Cortisone in there just to get me through it. I wasn't sparring. I didn't get a single round in that camp. I was just basically running and trying to keep my weight down. It was like a stinger every time I got touched. It was a very painful and discouraging injury, but now that it's behind me, I feel like I get a second chance, you know?...I think you're definitely going to see a better David Mitchell in my next fight. I just want to thank my team at NorCal Fighting Alliance, David Terrell, Tom Call and everybody that's helped me. They've really been there for me through thick and thin – and it's been awfully thin sometimes. I'm very, very grateful. I really feel like I'm back to the old Mitchell that used to kick some ass. I'm just looking forward to the next fight and getting the 'W.'"