by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Fighting in the UFC is a dream for many fighters. Coming off of the biggest win of his career over Alessio Sakara, Drew McFedries fulfilled his dream with a successful debut at UFC 65. The Miletich fighter recently spoke with MMAWeekly about his victory.
“Honestly, it really took a long time to set in for me. After the fight, I just laid down in the Octagon…I really thought I was dreaming,” said McFedries.
“I wasn’t prepared for that fight but I took it. That was my shot and I achieved everything I wanted to,” added McFedries. “A fight’s a fight. There are some guys out there that make it and some don’t. That night was just my night.”
Taking the fight on very short notice, Drew was a big underdog against Sakara, a former professional boxer. McFedries realized the opportunity in front of him and seized it.
“I didn’t really feed off of it [being the underdog] but I will say it motivated me to want to fight harder and prove to everybody that I belonged there,” revealed Drew. “I don’t get a chance to fight often and I wanted to prove to my teammates that I’m just as good in the ring as I am out.”
Speaking of teammates, Drew has trained with some of the best fighters in the world at Miletich Fighting Systems. Working with the likes of Robbie Lawler, Matt Hughes, and Tim Sylvia, McFedries knows the importance of surrounding himself with a great stable of fighters.
“It’s a huge advantage. I don’t think people realize how deep we are,” said Drew. “As far as people saying I have a real strong chin, I’ve taken a lot of those shots [from heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia] that Arlovski got knocked out with. I’ve helped everybody in our gym get ready for fights.”
In one of the best fights of UFC 65, McFedries and Alessio Sakara put on a competitive fight with a lot of exchanges. With about a minute left in the first round, McFedries catches Sakara with a clean upper cut. Moments later, Sakara unexplainably falls to the mat in an apparent attempt to pull guard. Drew followed up with strikes on the ground, forcing referee Mario Yamasaki to stop the fight.
“I wasn’t really surprised honestly [regarding Sakara pulling guard]. Going into the fight, I felt like I was getting the better of him. When we were throwing punches, I was landing power shots,” explained McFedries. “He did land a lot of shots but I think they were more like quick punches; he wasn’t really committed. In the very end, I think I just landed a lot more power shots and I was really timing his jab. He was probably one of the fastest guys I have ever seen.”
“What I wanted after this fight was for people to remember my name. I think I got that reaction from everybody.”