Pete Spratt Reverses Retirement Decision, Appealing Legacy FC 23 Loss
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 09.16.2013
He's not done yet...
Pete Spratt spoke today with MMAjunkie and said that he's reversing his decision to retire after his loss to Tim Means at Legacy FC 23 on Friday and will be appealing the decision, as well as requesting a rematch. Check out the highlights:
On what he'll do if he can't get the rematch: "And if not, I'm going to sit back and coach my guys."
On his plan to appear due to a head shot in the fight: "I'm going to file an appeal with the commission to have them review the fight to see whether they deemed that I was fouled or not. I'm willing to accept whatever the commission decides, but I definitely want them to look at it because over the course of the past few days, I had people calling me and texting me saying that was an illegal shot. It's borderline foul, borderline no foul. But I'll let the commission determine that, and I'll live with whatever they say."
On his decision to retire after the loss being premature: "The only thing I remember is being in the clinch with him on the fence, and then waking up. When I came to, I was thinking, 'OK, I just got my butt completely kicked, and then I go back and review the tape, and that wasn't necessarily the case. I was still sharp up until the point where I got elbowed. Then I was out. I don't see that I've had a drop-off in my skills or that they've diminished."
On not wanting to call it a career after a competitive fight: "[Retirement] has been on my mind with all the guys that have been coming to me for training. If and when I fight again, I'm going to have to be more selfish. I booked three or four guys on that show. I shouldn't have booked so many guys that I train and coach on the same show that I'm headlining. That just put me in a bad situation as far as taking the time to get myself prepared mentally and physically to fight. Although physically, I was in the best shape of my life. Physically, I was there. Mentally, I don't think I was completely there."