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UFC bantamweight Marcus Brimage (6-3) headed into his fight with Russell Doane (14-4) this past July at UFC 175 over a year having passed since his previous bout. Following a tough loss to Conor McGregor at featherweight in 2013, Brimage was hit by a number of serious injuries that required a great deal of rest and rehabilitation.
As such, everyone around Brimage warned him that there would be a perhaps painful adjustment period in his first fight back, due to what is known as “ring rust.”
“Everyone told me that I’d have rust, and I was like, ‘whatever,’” Brimage tells Cagewriter.
“Truth be told, everything felt good until I got into the cage. In the cage, that’s when the ring rust happened. This cant take anything away from Russell because he came to fight, and he sure did fight. I just felt off until the third round. It was like an out of body experience. I was not in the moment. In the third round, that’s when I woke up and did what I normally do.”
It was too little, too late for “The Bama Beast,” and he lost a close split decision. Brimage says that he was shocked to hear from his teammates, friends and even anonymous fans in Las Vegas later that night that they thought he deserved to win the decision against Doane.Â
“Everyone seemed to be impressed but I told them, ‘get the [expletive] out of here. I lost,’” Brimage remembers.
Once the fighter watched the bout himself, however, he began to realize that he didn’t fight nearly as poorly as he thought he had. In fact, he began to agree with those who said he deserved to get the nod from the judges.
“When I actually looked at the fight, I thought I got robbed,” he says.
“I don’t know what the judges were looking at. They made Stevie wonder what was going on. After I started to think about it more, I got super cronk and angry. Like, ‘man, I felt off like a mother [expletive], and that’s how I looked when I felt off? Oh my God, I am going to do some damage once I get back.’”
Brimage has turned that frustration into motivation and confidence as he heads into a Nov. 8 showdown against Jumabieke Tuerxun (14-2) in Sydney, Australia. Brimage was compelled to train at home in Alabama during this camp instead of South Florida at his usual American Top Team because of family issues.
One might assume that, without his usual top-notch ATT destination training camp, and coming off of two-straight losses would make Brimage feel a great deal of pressure. In actuality, he says he feels less pressure than he did against Doane in his come back fight this past summer.
“To be honest with you, I feel less pressure,” he insists.
“The reason is because, I’m ‘on.’ I got that first one out of the way. I could not walk down the street in Vegas after that fight without fans telling me, ‘Brim, that was [expletive]. You won. The judges [expletive] you.’ I mean, it’s like, ‘Marcus Brimage lost to Russell Doane, said no man ever.’ [laughs] That’s just real talk.
“I had some family issues, so I had to come home for training camp. I’m back in Alabama, and I’m back to my roots. I cannot wait to give this guy a Southern fried ass whooping.”Â
Check back here at Cagewriter for more with Marcus as we check in with him later in his training camp.
"In a Twitter post ("tweet"), former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia calls out any comers and offers to fight in the "BADDEST MAN ON EARTH 1" 1-Night Openweight Mixed martial Arts Tournament coming in May 2015."
Eduardo Dantas (16-3) isn’t bothered by all the trash talk from his opponent Joe Warren (11-3) for Friday’s Bellator bantamweight title unification bout in Thackerville, OK (airing on Spike TV). Really, he isn’t.
The 37 year-old former world champion wrestler Warren has called the 25 year-old Dantas “a kid,” for example. “He can talk anything he wants,” Dantas tells us Wed. afternoon.
“Yes, I’m younger. I’m also much more fast, and much more aggressive because I’m young.”
The Brazilian champ also isn’t upset that Bellator decided to create an interim title – which Warren won – even though it has only been about six months since he last fought and won. Truly, he’s happy for the promotion and for Warren.
“It doesn’t make a big difference to me,” Dantas says, unconvincingly.
“Everyone knows I’m the champ. To me, Bellator gave him a belt because he’s famous, so they could take pictures with him holding it.”Â
Ahh, yes. Those pictures of Warren holding his interim belt.
Dantas has repeatedly mentioned those pictures in this and other conversations. That doesn’t mean seeing those shots have given the Nova Uniao fighter any added motivation, of course.Â
“No,” Dantas begins.
“I think it is good for [Warren]. He’s an old guy so it is goof for him to have a belt. He may be happy right now, but on Friday, he won’t be.”
No doubt, part of Dantas’ clever curtness is due to the fact that we’re bothering him as he cuts weight, as well as to Warren’s pre-fight hype. However, the calm in the voice of “Dudu” is likely the result of pure confidence, forged on the Nova Uniao mats while sparring with the likes of UFC champions Jose Aldo and Renan Barao.
Many top fighters outside of the UFC wonder how they would stack up against the elite of the world’s top MMA promotion. After training with the UFC’s best, day in and day out, Dantas doesn’t appear to have any doubt about himself.
“It doesn’t matter where guys fight,” he concludes.
“If I fight any body, I kill them.”
Hunt says he weighs over 300 pounds, but when he got the call from Dana White, “there was never a doubt.”
Conor McGregor made a move up the UFC featherweight rankings last Saturday at UFC 178 with a controversial KO win over Dustin Poirier, but the outspoken Irishman has other divisions on his mind as well.Â “I’m definitely open to fighting at lightweight no doubt,” he said after UFC 178.
McGregor fought multiple times at lightweight before entering the UFC. Though he clearly feels that 145 pounds is a good weight for him to campaign at, “Notorious” says he also feels great at 155 pounds.
“I don’t like making this weight. I like fighting at lightweight. I fought at lightweight many times in my career,” he explained.
“I’m fast at lightweight. I come in refreshed at lightweight. It’s a different camp. It’s a different buildup when I’m fighting at lightweight than it is fighting at featherweight.”
The rising star’s coach John Kavanagh has said that he believes McGregor can eventually become a three-division world champ (featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight). Moving up to lightweight successfully seems a bit more reasonable than the 170 pound welterweight limit, for the time being, however.Â
What lightweights would you like to see McGregor fight, should he move up? Let us know in the comments section!