UFC 144: The Agony of Defeat

February 26, 2012
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Akiyama at UFC 120
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

In sports or any competition really, defeat is something than no one truly handles well, nor should they.

Unlike baseball or football where one loss doesn’t necessarily mean the entire season is over, in MMA one loss can mean the difference between a title shot or being forced to climb back up the ladder. One loss can mean the end of your UFC career. One loss feels like being shot to the stomach because for most fighters after spending 2 or 3 months preparing for just one moment, to have it go so wrong feels like the end of the world.

These are the thoughts and quotes from the fighters who competed at UFC 144 and came up short in their efforts for victory:

Frankie Edgar:

“I don’t want to take anything away from Ben. He did a great job, but I do feel I won that fight. He came hard. I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I thought I did enough to win those rounds. I’m not trying to shoot anybody out of anything they deserve, but I had to do two immediate rematches, so what’s right?”

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson:

“I know I’m getting to the end of my career cause I said I don’t want to fight past 35, but honestly, before I hurt my knee, you guys should have seen how I was training. I was looking like a superstar, then I hurt my knee. Now I know what I can do if I come in at 100 percent. I think I got a lot of years and I’m ready to put on more shows. I heal up fast; I’m like a werewolf. I wasn’t even supposed to fight here. I heal up really fast. I’ll be back soon.”

Chieck Kongo:

“He caught me with a hard shot in the 1st round and that was that. I’ll go back to training my overall skills.”

Yoshihiro Akiyama:

“I guess this is the level that I’m at right now. One of my strategies was to guard against his take downs and find his weak points. As far as whether I will continue to fight in the welterweight division, I need some time to evaluate my options going forward.”

Bart Palaszewski:

“I couldn’t do what I wanted to do on the ground this fight. The plan was to keep it on the feet and the one round we stayed up he got beat up. I guess it’s back to the drawing board to work on certain things and get better. He was the better man tonight, if you’re going to fight like that.”

Joe Lauzon:

“Obviously it didn’t go well, I got kicked in the face. My game plan was to go in there and take him to the ground, but nothing went right. Next step is to go home, rest and recharge.”

Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto:

“I wanted to avoid the ground but I ended up there. That was a basic mistake, but it happed. I need to practice my overall skills and keep getting better for the next time.”

Takeya Mizugaki:

“I feel like my victory was stolen. I was on the top position for a long time and there was some good pounding. I can’t find a reason why I lost the fight.”


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  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    Nice article idea. Interesting to see different perspectives on the losses.

  • fitefan

    I need Takeya Mizugaki’s loss explained to me. If I remember correctly it was a unanimous 30/27. But he spent all the time on top, wasn’t napping, nor fighting off relentless submission attempts. He scored the take downs, and I think held his own in the stand up.
    I recall being really shocked he lost the fight I easily thought he won, and even more blown away by the 30/27. It’s almost as if they got their names mixed up and awarded the wrong guy the win.

    • jessemalloy

      I agree 100% Mizugaki was robbed of a victory, plain and simple.

      • phrankthetank

        The judging was completely out of whack for that event. Akiyama stuffed an obscene amount of takedown attempts and scored his own and didnt even take a round. Henderson won 49-46. I don’t get it at all