Robert Whiteford Plans To Make The Most Of His UFC 171 Win Over Daniel Pineda
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.31.2014
He thought he would finish...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Robert Whiteford (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) said he plans to make the most of whatever opportunities he gets as a result of his UFC 171 win over Daniel Pineda (18-11 MMA, 3-4 UFC) in Dallas.
On not getting the finish: "The fights I've been involved in, I hit hard. When I hit people, I see a change in their demeanor. I hit Daniel with a head kick. He was dazed for a few seconds, and he just came straight back at me. I couldn't believe it. I was like, ‘Wow. I'm going to be in here for 15 minutes.' I knew he was going to be super tough, but I was a bit shocked at just how tough."
On losing to Jimy Hettes in his debut: "He's been in the UFC and winning fights, so it gave me a great understanding of where I had to get to. I think Jimy, in the first fight, he got me on my worst day and I got him on his best. So I take some confidence from that as well, just being in there with Jimy in the first place."
On using the win to his advantage: "Fifteen minutes in the UFC, I learned some invaluable lessons. I've been letting people know as much as I love to get the finish, I'm never going to complain about getting extra experience. There's never been any doubt in my mind. I took the fight with Jimy on five days' notice the last time. I'm confident after getting the win this time."