Luiz Dutra Addresses UFC Fight Night 34 DQ Loss and Illegal Elbows
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.05.2014
Dutra believes Kunimoto was exaggerating…
UFC fighter Luiz Dutra recently addressed his loss by disqualification to Kiichi Kunimoto at UFC Fight Night 34 on Saturday (Jan. 4) in Singapore. Dutra was disqualified after hitting Dutra to the back of the head with illegal elbow strikes. Below are some highlights:
Dutra on the ending sequence: "I think he really felt the first elbow. I think the first two may have been legal, but I haven't watched the video yet. I should have remained patient at that moment, especially since he was nearly giving up. He knew he couldn't take me down, and I was frustrating his plans. I should have remained calm so I could have fought better."
Dutra on his mistake: "I was in a rush to end the fight soon and prove that I belong in the UFC. I felt he was weakening, so I continued throwing elbows. I ended up making a mistake in the heat of the moment. It's not acceptable to me that someone who's experienced and has been fighting for so many years should make this type of error. I always try to fight clean, within the rules. Making this type of error bothered me a lot."
Dutra claiming Kunimoto was exaggerating the elbow strikes: "He exaggerated for a fact," Dutra said. "As I see it, he could have returned. He didn't return, I believe, because I was making things hard for him since I figured him out. … In truth, he played it up to some extent. But there's no room for opinion because the rule is clear: Strikes to the back of the head are illegal. My intent was to soften him up after I stifled his takedown attempt. I made a mistake. As I said before, the error is mine. The rule is clear, so the disqualification is fair, whether he played it up or not. Whether or not he came back, the fault was mine. I assume full responsibility."
Dutra on wanting a rematch with Kunimoto: "I believe that he didn't want to win like that. I'm not here to judge anyone since I'm in the wrong, but I would very much like to face him again."