Los Angeles – With mixed emotions, Joe Pyfer leaves UFC Fight Night 229 today.
On the one side, Pyfer (12-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is thrilled to have won again and kept his perfect record in his debut in the UFC co-main event. On the other hand, despite submitting Abdul Razak Alhassan (12-6 MMA, 6-6 UFC) in the second round, Pyfer doesn’t believe he performed at a high level.
The performance was a complete mess. At a post-fight press conference, Pyfer told MMA Junkie and other media, “The victory was incredible. “This week, mental toughness was lacking. Man, that was good. It was great. I feel fantastic. I’m not surprised at all. I assured you that wherever I was superior to him. I made sure everyone knew that I was. Everywhere, I was better than him. Except for when he kicked me in the leg, and it struck my friggin nerve, I believe I had pretty much the upper hand.
Pyfer, 27, was mostly disappointed that he didn’t give the crowd a knockout. Pyfer, often known as “Bodybagz,” is renowned for his explosive strength. Pyfer choked Alhassan to death with an arm triangle even if he didn’t deliver the striking violence he intended.
Since Pyfer reported that they were more common than normal, nerves may have been a factor. It was a hard camp.
Pyfer remarked, “I tried to unwind, but I couldn’t. “I felt anxious. You see, I had respect for him. And I put forth a lot of effort. My camp was up and down. MRSA was present in me. My toes were torn apart. I had a cold. Everything that might go wrong did for me. It interrupted me repeatedly for almost a week at a time. I believe that was simply nervousness and stress, and on top of that, I was dealing with a person who I felt had mistreated me. I won’t even state that I was in the co-main slot since it didn’t concern me.
However, the past is now in the past. Pyfer concentrates on the future—improving, earning more money, and eventually competing against the best.
I appreciate these people; I’m just saying if you want me to face the best ones,” Pyfer remarked. “All of them are challenging. They are the greatest there is. But give me a chance to compete for some of the biggest money. By taking a chance, I don’t want to be assured less than a specific amount if I lose. That’s it.