Marcus Brimage Says He Let Conor McGregor Hype Get To Him
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.01.2014
He's learned from it...
Marcus Brimage spoke with MMAjunkie about his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC on FUEL TV 9, his fight with Russell Doane this weekend at UFC 175 and more. Check out the highlights:
On the hype around McGregor: "I was worrying about what everyone else was saying because ever since I've come into the UFC, I was never supposed to win. All my fights, it was like, ‘Oh man, Marcus Brimage is fighting this guy. OK, this is how Marcus Brimage is going to lose.' Every one of my fights was like that, and it just started to get on my nerves."
On his percieved lack of support from the UFC: "I was like, ‘Damn, I can't get any respect from the UFC, and I can't get respect from the fight fans out there,' and it just took a toll on me mentally. It's not taking anything away from McGregor. Obviously he's a good fighter, but that took a toll on me because I didn't follow the game plan. I was just mad, aggravated and frustrated."
On leanring from the experience: "Everyone did a good job of just asking me about McGregor, McGregor, McGregor, McGregor. I kept hearing his name, so after a while, you've got to let it go or you're feeding off the hate. That's why I just let it go and I don't let nobody's opinion bother me. They can say what they want. I could give a sh-t. I stopped giving a damn what other people think. If you respect me, you respect me. If you don't, you don't. I honestly could give a damn what people think now. I get to fight, and that's all that matters."
On his size: "I was the shortest featherweight fighter on the UFC roster. Everybody is so much bigger than me at featherweight. Everyone is cutting down from 175 (pounds) to 145, and like the day of the fight, I was walking around about 155, 156. Everyone else is like 168, 170. I want to go to a weight class where my height is the average height, and people are more my size at bantamweight."
On Doane: "He's a very good fighter. He's heavy-handed on his right side, he has pretty good wrestling, and he's got pretty slick jiu-jitsu. That's pretty good. To perform like he did in his UFC debut is pretty impressive."