Aaron Simpson Looking Forward To WSOF
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.14.2013
After a long run with UFC...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Aaron Simpson (12-4) said he's looking forward to the World Series of Fighting promotion after previously competing as a welterweight and middleweight in the UFC.
He will take on Josh Burkman (24-9) at WSOF 2 on March 23 at the Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The show airs on NBC Sports Network and features a main event between Andrei Arlovski and Anthony Johnson.
On being dropped from UFC: "I would've loved to stay with the UFC, but luckily we have a company like World Series of Fighting stepping up and making waves and doing exciting things."
On his last UFC fight against Mike Pierce: "I felt amazing (against Pierce). It was one of those deals where I thought I was unstoppable. I made me feel really strong in that welterweight division – that first round, I felt like I could do anything to him. And then running into a punch just soured it all."
On still being in the UFC if the punch never landed: "It came down to that last fight, and in my opinion, Mike Pierce threw a lucky right hand and caught me. I say luck, but whatever. I'm past it now. It took me a couple months. But I put myself in that position. I could've fought safe, but I didn't want to do that. I feel like in that welterweight division, there's no point in me fighting safe anymore because I can beat those guys, and I can beat them up and finish them. In the middleweight division, I kind of had to (fight safe) because I was giving up 20 pounds – almost 30 pounds against Ronny Markes, which is a huge difference. In a way, I know it was boring and it sucks, but I kind of had to do that in a way and exploit their weaknesses."