Dennis Bermudez Speaks on Grueling Fight of the Night with Matt Grice at UFC 157
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 02.27.2013
Bermudez gives his thoughts on the bout...
MMAjunkie Radio interviewed UFC featherweight fighter Dennis Bermudez following his impressive Fight of the Night performance with Matt Grice at UFC 157. Bermudez won a close split decision. Here are some highlights:
Regarding his doubts before he was able to gut out the rest of the fights: "When I got knocked down, I felt like it was the third time I got knocked down because he was just blasting me on my feet. I was like, 'Man, I don't know how much longer I can take any of this.' But I kept grinding through and pushed through the fight. But at one point, I was like, 'Man, if he keeps crushing me like this and capitalizes, I'm done.' I remembered that crossed my mind during the middle of the fight."
Bermudez on his opponent Matt Grice: "He actually might be the better man because at least he stands up. When I went at him, I fell down. But I do get right back up [joking] ... I was hitting him as probably as hard I could, as much I could...We tried to kill each other, and afterward, it's weird when you meet someone by fighting. You both have common goals. (Afterward), you're like, 'You're a good person.' I know it sounds ironic, but you can really tell a lot about a person by their willpower and drive. He's one of the coolest opponents I ever had."
Bermudez on his future after the fight: "I think I have more and better fights in my future. I do think I'm a top 10 guy, so if I get someone in the top 10, that'd be great. That's where I want to be."