UFC Fight Night 38: Quotes and Comments from the Winners Circle

Shogun vs Hendo 2 Poster-red-478x270We’ve got quotes and comments from the UFC Fight Night 38: Shogun vs. Henderson II, from the winners of Sunday’s fights in Natal, Brazil.

Be sure to check back throughout the event, as we’ll be updating the comments as more fights take place.

Dan Henderson def. Mauricio Shogun Rua by TKO (Strikes) at 1:31, R3
“Now I get to come out and have fun, and that’s what I did tonight. I thank Shogun. He is such a big part of mixed martial arts and a talented fighter. I’m a big fan of him and what he represents to the sport. I was a bit too patient in the first rounds, but we both decided to get after it in the third. I was afraid this fight wouldn’t be able to live up to everyone`s expectations after the first one, but I think in the third round it came pretty close.” – Dan Henderson

CB Dollaway def. Cezar Ferreira by TKO (Strikes) at 0:39, R1
“I’m going to go home, look at the top-10 list in my weight class and figure out who I match up well against.  I might call them out, because it’s time for me to start making my move.  I love fighting down here in Brazil.  The fans show incredible passion and it is awesome to see I’m starting to develop a small fan base.  I knew if I stuck to my game plan, I could control the fight and finish him and that’s exactly what I did.”

Leonardo Santos vs. Norman Parke scored a Majority Draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
“A draw never even crossed my mind. I felt it a little bit in the last round, but I believe I won the first two. You can schedule another fight against him and I’ll be there. I’ve got to go full force now.” – Leonardo Santos

“I was winning the second round until I went for a takedown against the cage and my hand slipped from behind his knee, so I accidentally grabbed on to his short got a point taken from that. I think I should have gotten a warning first. I believe he grabbed the cage in the third round and never got a point taken, so theoretically I won the fight. Maybe he should come to Dublin in July and we’ll settle it once and for all.” – Norman Parke

Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
“It was a war standing up, but that was after he gave me a hard time on the ground. His wrestling is very good, so I knew I had to impose my striking game and avoid the fence. I knew that, striking, he’d get tired first.” – Fabio Maldonado

Michel Prazeres def. Mairbek Taisumov by Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)
“I only have one thing to say: my team deserves a lot of praise. The result speaks for itself, they did an amazing job.” – Michel Prazeres

Rony Jason def. Steven Siler by TKO (Punch) at 1:17, R1
“I had an amazing camp. I made weight and still had some grams to spare. I’m very happy, I feel like everything went perfectly. Last time I was crying, this time I’m smiling. That’s how a fighter’s life goes.” – Rony Jason

Thiago Santos def. Ronny Markes by TKO (Strikes) at 0:53, R1
“I know I wasn’t the favorite. I was going against a very experienced guy. I had to prove to myself that I deserved to be here. I had the victory in my mind already. I was looking for that kick. I saw that when I was jabbing he was lifting his hands, exposing his ribs, and you know what they say: when a lion smells the meat, it doesn’t let it get away.” – Thiago Santos

Jussier Formiga def. Scott Jorgensen by Sub (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:07, R1
“Scott was the favorite. Everyone I fight is the favorite. This win proves that I’m able to beat tough opponents. I’m here to prove I’m one of the top fighters in my division.” – Jussier Formiga

Kenny Robertson def. Thiago Perpetuo by Sub (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:45, R1
“I don’t just go for the submission. I went for the head kick, but I guess I didn’t throw it hard enough. I’ve knocked out people before. It doesn’t matter how, I like to finish.” – Kenny Robertson

Hans Stringer def. Francimar Barroso by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
“ It was a hard fight. I’m very happy that I won. It was a close call.” – Hans Stringer

Godofredo Pepey def. Noad Lahat by KO (Knee) at 2:39, R1
“I’ve been working on this knee strike for a long time, but I wasn’t able to get it right in my past few fights because I was too nervous. I wasn’t in a good place, mentally. Now I’m back. The lion is awake.” – Godofredo Pepey

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