Iliarde Santos Says He's Learned From His Losses
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.08.2013
He's looking to get his first UFC win...
Iliarde Santos recently spoke about facing Chris Cariaso and UFC Fight Night 29 tomorrow. Check out the highlights:
On going 0-2 in the UFC thus far: "We learn a lot from our losses. We can then learn to correct our mistakes. Losses are a consequence of fighting. We must always learn. That's why I never stop training to overcome my shortcomings and opponents."
On his loss to Yuri Alcantara: "During my first fight, I was stiff because I was overwhelmed by the event. I was facing Yuri and, it could have been anyone else – I just locked up. The UFC is a goal I always tried to reach my entire life. ... I felt the weight of being in such a big event. I was starry-eyed. That wasn't the case in the second fight."
On getting Fight of the Night against Ian McCall: "Winning the 'Fight of the Night' bonus was very gratifying because it told me that my training, my hard work was starting to pay off. And thankfully, they gave me another chance to fight again. I am very thankful to the UFC."
on needing the win this time around: "This time around, I certainly feel at home. I'm comfortable and focused. I'm giving everything I have in this fight. ... I know that now against Chris Cariaso, we're both comfortable in the organization, yet very hungry to win. Whoever wants it more and trained more will win. This victory will mean a lot to me since I've been looking for it for a very long time now."