Dennis Bermudez Says He's Okay With Taking the 'Long Route' to a Title Shot
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.10.2014
He's in no rush...
Dennis Bermudez recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Jimy Hettes at UFC 171. Check out the highlights:
On not getting a title fight right away: "I'm OK with taking the long route. I don't really mind it. I'm still getting paid, but I'm definitely in the sport to be the best."
On climbing the ladder: "A win over Hettes may give me a top-10 guy. I'll beat him, and then I'll probably have maybe one or two more before a title shot, depending on how they go and all that stuff and who it is."
On the increasing lack of stoppages: "The older the sport gets, I think it's going to be harder and harder to finish guys. Everyone is getting better together, and we're also in a weight class where there's not as many knockouts as there is at 205 (pounds) or heavyweight. It's got to be right on that sweet spot exactly for a 45er to put a guy out."
On Jose Aldo: "I watched his last fight against Lamas; I was there, and I saw Sean Shelby afterward, and I was like, ‘Man, I'll tell you what, I got something for Aldo.' I'd just stay in his face, get him tired. I think a lot of fighters give him a lot of respect and really fear his one-hitter accuracy and his ability to put guys down with one shot. I think I've been hit with hard shots at the 145 weight class, so I'm not afraid to get hit. I just go in there and get after it."