Daniel Aguilar Talks About His Disqualification Loss At RFA 15
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.02.2014
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Daniel Aguilar (10-4) spoke about his controversial loss at RFA 15 last month to Sam Toomer (8-0). He kept dropping to the ground, trying to get Toomer to fight there instead of standing. Referee Mike Beltran eventually said it was "timidity" and disqualified him. Here are highlights:
On being injured during the fight: "During the first round, my intention wasn't to chase him, but to goad him into attacking me. But when I did chase him, he struck my leg and hurt me early on. Thankfully, it turned out to be only a muscle injury. It was a calf injury. My doctor said that in this type of situation, a leg break would be very likely, not unlike Anderson Silva's fracture. I took the most damage on the third round; there were several kicks to the same spot. It's hard for people on the outside to understand. When you're hurt, only you know how badly. When was 20, in Brazil, I was robbed and shot in the back. I had never felt such much pain in my life as I felt after being kicked so many times to the leg. I even had to go on morphine at the hospital. Imagine that. I had never morphine in my entire life, even when I was shot. No one truly understands what happens behind the curtains. I was told that I fought like Royce Gracie in 1995. But I love that comparison. He's the one who opened up the sport for us. Some folks said I had no muay Thai or wrestling, only jiu-jitsu. But these aren't fighters talking. They're just talking heads. No real fighter gave me a hard time. Ultimately, I was there to do what I love. I love to fight. I don't fight for money. I did all I could do. I was hurt in the fight. I had no condition to continue, but I never gave up."
On if a TKO loss would be more fair than a DQ: "I don't know how I feel about that. One way of looking at it is the fact that I wasn't knocked out or submitted. I tried to fight until the end. Also, things are different now. Before, there was fewer rules and no time limits. In a situation like that, you're obligated to finish your opponent. But that's not the case nowadays, of course. I feel like I showed up to fight but never got to fight. He won the fight by disqualification, but never knocked me out. I would have preferred that. Ever since I started judo at seven years of age, martial arts have always meant defending my life, whether in a cage or on the streets. The goal is to defend myself and be alive at the end. My outlook on fighting is never to stop until my opponent is knocked out of submitted. Now that we live in the age of modern MMA, my preference, without a doubt, would have been to have been knocked out or submitted. Of course, my parents wouldn't want to see me twitching on the canvas, but that's what fans pay to see. Against Toomer, he never finished me; he didn't beat me up.'
On if he wants a rematch: "Without a doubt. This bout is perfect for a rematch since a real fight didn't happen. No one did anything. One combatant was injured and that resulted in a disqualification. So no one was knocked out, submitted or even won by points. And the fight was stopped 25 seconds before the end of the third round. On "Inside MMA," Beltran stated that I was flopping to avoid the standup. In those 25 seconds, I still had a chance to win by submission."