Philippou on how he came close to walking away from the sport: "I reached a point where I was doubting myself; I was doubting if I still wanted to fight. But I just want to thank Dana and the UFC for keeping faith. They gave me the co-main event and I'm still standing. I appreciate everything. Did you watch my last fight (against Rockhold)? Do you blame me? Two fights ago, I spent 12 out of 15 minutes laying on my back (against Carmont) and it was an awful experience for myself and the fans, and I was embarrassed. I came back and my last fight was worse – I got knocked out for the first time in my life. I started wondering if I could keep doing what I was doing. I didn't know if I still had it in me. But my coaches stayed by my side. They basically told me to put on my big-boy pants and go fight. I put in the work, they helped me out and it worked."
Philippou on the feeling of getting a big knockout win: "I can't describe it. Only fighters know how I feel right now, especially coming off back-to-back losses. I can't blame (the UFC), but losing this fight was probably going to send me home, and nobody could blame them because I showed nothing the last two fights. But with the way I won, I'm on top of the world right now."