T.J. Waldburger Says He's Learned His Lesson From His UFC on F/X 4 Loss
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.14.2012
He won't make the same mistake again at TUF 16 Finale...
T.J. Waldburger recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight against Nick Catone at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale and more. Check out the highlights:
On his loss to Brian Ebersole at UFC on F/X 4: "The biggest thing for that fight was my post-weigh-in rehydrating. That was all my fault. I took in four IV bags, and I was hydrating orally, too. I looked like the Michelin Man. I was huge. I was very lethargic. So in the first 30 seconds to a minute, I was pretty fatigued."
On learning his lesson from that fight: "One thing I knew I had on Brian was cardio. And it was the exact opposite. One of those things you've got to learn the hard way. The biggest thing I did wrong was try it for the first time for the fight. That was just stupid. I should've done a trial before and then I'd have known this isn't going to work. Cutting weight and rehydrating is such a science."
On the fight itself: "Ebersole was a fantastic opponent. We still had a great fight. It was exciting. That's the main thing I want to give to the fans. I was still able to accomplish that. I thought I had him finished, but he's tough."
On Catone's weight cut: "He's dropping down from like 200 or more, probably. So he's going to be a big guy. He's a wrestler, so he knows how to make the cut. That won't take much out of him. He'll be a strong wrestler with heavy hands."
On the potential of Catone being on top of him: "I think in a fight, you want to be on top. That's the first goal if you're going to go to the ground. The guard is always there, and yeah, I could work that or get back out. But I think a lot of judges don't see the offense you're putting in on the bottom and don't really look at that as effective, I guess. If you're on top, then you're winning. I need to finish him. That's my thing. Get on top, finish him and don't leave it to the judges."