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Costas Philippou Said He Was Close to Quitting MMA Before UFC Fight Night 40
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.11.2014

At last night's post-fight press conference following UFC Fight Night 40, middleweight fighter Costas Philippou talked about his knockout win over Lorenz Larkin and how he came close to quitting MMA before the fight. Below are some highlights from the presser:

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."


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