June 9th, 2008
Well, I didn’t think I’d come back writing something up after a loss. I fully expected to win, things didn’t go my way. Thiago came in big, some people told me that he looked bigger than me in the octagon. I didn’t expect that but I also think that had nothing to do with the outcome of the fight. I think Thiago came up with a good game plan. He didn’t throw too many punches or any kicks to where I could take him down. He was stronger than I thought and he was quite defensive on the ground. So, where does that leave me? I’ve got one more fight on my UFC contract. I’m wanting to fight Matt Serra (but that’s for the UFC to decide). We’ll see what happens and decide after that fight what I’m going to do. My nose has about 4 or 5 stitches, I couldn’t count when he put them in. My left knee is pretty messed up, I’m going to have to get it looked at. Thiago was very nice after the fight, he seems to be a very good guy. I like that, we’ve always got along good.
My flight home was long, due to the loss. We flew into Chicago at 5 PM and boarded our plane, finally, at 10 and they told us to get off at 10:30 due to storms, so Robbie and I had to spend the night in Chicago. Woke up early, flew to Springfield, IL and rented a car. Finally got home to see my family around 11 AM today.
I want to thank everybody for their positive emails that they have written to the website. I also want to thank my sponsors for this fight:
I think I need to work on my wrestling, especially my shot. I need to be able to take people down. When people are close enough to punch me, I need to be able to shoot effectively and take them down. One thing I don’t like about this loss is that I’ve got to go back to my gym and try and teach after I didn’t do a very good job myself. At least, I can lead by example, break down my fight and really work on the things I need to work on and they can see that. It’s been 8 years since I’ve lost two fights in a row. So, the way I look at it, I’ve got one more fight to prove myself. After that I don’t know, I’ll talk to the UFC and we’ll come up with what we think is the best for both of us.
When I find out more about my knee, I’ll fill you in.
Here’s a short email I received, I kind of think it’s funny. I think my wife liked it more than me, so I’ll go ahead and share it with you (unedited):