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  • Let's talk about the wings he missed.

  • Wait, are you one of those guys that takes it as a sign of disrespect?

  • How do you typically, I would be a little frustrated with him missing weight.

  • But I know yet eye surgery recently.

  • And I know it takes a while to get back into the groove of things, and you miss it by point night.

  • Which means it could have just, you know, just the layoff.

  • Maybe gain more weight than you thought he was gonna get.

  • So I'm not holding it against them.

  • If it was something he's done, like more than once, then I would I would have been a little bit pissed, but no, there is a good guy, you know?

  • It's great fight.

  • I'm just happy you think him missing way like that.

  • It's something that can affect you mentally.

  • You know, you'll have to ask him that.

  • I don't know.

  • He came in.

  • He was kicking me pretty hard to keep my inside leg.

  • And he did a spin and kick and I'm in pain.

  • So I if it affected him mentally, I didn't I didn't notice you were landing with left leg a lot uh, going into this camp, Was that something that you felt was gonna be a big weapon for you?

  • Yeah, my strength coach file.

  • Cordero noticed something.

  • He said when he when he gets kick with the left leg, he never answers, which means you have a free kick at any time.

  • So when he explained that to me, I figured, OK, let's try it out.

  • I threw my first kick.

  • No return through my second kick, nor return.

  • So I knew I had something there.

  • What kind of adjustments did you make from the first round?

  • Uh, honestly, the, uh, master was happy with everything.

  • Master Raphael was happy with everything.

  • He just didn't want me to look down so much, so I need to stay more sharp.

  • That was one of the things.

  • And, uh, when I went to the ground more pressure, you know, And I think that's pretty much how it played.

  • Way went to the ground again.

  • He tried to take me down.

  • I think I reversed with the switch, and then I ended up on the back, and my goal was just to keep pressure on it.

  • You know, like you said, I know you miss?

  • Wait.

  • So just in case he was feeling it, I was gonna get you.

  • Give them that extra pressure just to make sure I push him over.

  • How confident are you in your jujitsu that when you get somebody back like that?

  • You know, I'm really confident my shits about it varies with guy Every guy.

  • You know, my last fight.

  • I thought, uh, Carlos Diego and his gesture was so frustrating because he was matching I I all I did was controlling in his guard, and he wasn't able to submit me, but I wasn't able to be offensive, so it changes with each guy.

  • After Diego, I realized I had to go back and even more Carter on my jutsu.

  • I need to improve.

  • I have a lot of room.

  • I think this was my 11th fight.

  • I need to fight maybe like, 20 more times.

  • So I can I can finally reach my potential.

  • I think going into this fight did you think your gypsy was gonna be your big advantage?

  • I thought so, but I didn't want to be the one to initiate it because I figured you'd be looking to play the defensive game.

  • So I was looking for openings with my striking, I figured because he would be worried about to take down.

  • I have more chances with kicks with the knees, which I did eventually, he looked for the shot and I was able to reverse it and apply my agency part for you.

  • I really don't know.

  • I haven't really thought about it where I am in the division.

  • Like I said before, I'm still growing.

  • It's more important for me to grow, then.

  • Think I'm number 15?

  • Um, number 20.

  • Why my number 20?

  • I'm not worried about these things.

  • I'm gonna be at the top one day, but for right now, what I need to do is improve.

  • I was just talking to him.

  • Now he's, like, in a hurry, going to help with the charges.

  • You're gonna have the same course I'm gonna I'm gonna go back and I'm gonna be in his corner.

  • That's my brother right there.

  • That's my brother and war.

  • That's my brother in Christ.

  • We are family.

  • How special for you know, like to be the 1st 1 together way.

  • What way?

  • Expect from a vial.

  • I guarantee a victory.

  • Hoffa.

  • I think it's gonna be a knockout, but we'll see.

  • I'm pretty sure house, uh, well, either submit or knock him out, but 100% guarantee What's what's going nerve wracking before you tonight?

  • Uh, your walk to the cage are watching office.

  • That guy man stresses me out so much.

  • I cornered him for Nate Diaz and actually Ben Henderson as well.

  • And Jason Jason.

  • So, man, every time I walk out, when when he's done with the fight, I think to myself, I can't fight.

  • There's no way I could fight.

  • You know, I can't even handle his walk out, how I'm gonna handle my walk out.

  • But I realized when I walk out, it's really nice, man, I can listen to my music.

  • I don't think about anything.

  • When he walks out, I think to myself and I throw enough kicks.

  • Adam, Is he ready for the kicks?

  • Is he ready for the job?

  • Did I look for takedowns?

  • You know is the sharp Everywhere we get a good woman, so many things go through my mind.

  • So it's I kind of understand what goes through my my coach's mind.

  • But yeah, that's that's what I worry about what?

  • My corner half.

  • But there's so many things coming at me.

  • So it is a lot scarier when I fight.

  • I just walk out there and everything kind of plays out.

  • So you feel a responsibility when you walk out your team.

  • And this is your training partner that you were the one.

  • Get ready.

  • You feel like there's a responsibility there.

  • 100%.

  • There's a responsibility.

  • I missed teammate.

  • Uh, we're family.

  • You know, when I when I trained with him, I have to give him my best.

  • So that way he gives me his best.

  • That way we make each other better.

  • So I am responsible.

  • If he wins, you know, I get I get to enjoy his victory.

  • If he loses, I take responsibility.

  • We were talking about before the fight with the message that you always given then?

  • No.

  • When your interviews can you explain again, like this message?

  • Yeah.

  • So, uh, I'm ah, Syrian and ah, a lot of people don't know this.

  • Assyrians right now are being persecuted in the country of Iraq and Syria for because they're Christians.

  • And the group that's persecuted them is Isis and I try to support them in any way I can, you know, with charities, you know, motivation.

  • Anything I could do.

  • Tow help.

  • I try.

  • Try to do my best.

  • Going back to the fight.

  • Was it surprising to you that Darren tried to initiate takedown?

  • I don't think so.

  • If you look at his fights, he looks for a takedown.

  • Yes, good take now is he has good wrestling, has good movement.

  • People need to give him more credit.

  • I think he's He's a martial artist and he's, uh he's a complete martial artist.

  • He can do.

  • He can grapple, You can just strike you kick And he's shown that before.

  • So I was ready for everything.

  • Is there a concern for you?

  • If you were to make it up those rankings, let's say half a win tonight wins that title.

  • You're the number one.

  • Duel it.

  • He's going to win.

  • Would you ever find out if it was on the line?

  • No, never.

  • We're family.

  • It's It's different.

  • I know what the guy's trying together and you know they that's it.

  • Their teammates, our family.

  • I go to his house, I eat with kids.

  • You know, I talked to his wife all the time.

  • How could I?

  • How could I go and fight a guy like that?

  • You know, how can I fight my own brother?

  • Imagine if I left the scar on the guy.

  • My identified cutter.

  • I have to look at him like, you know, for the rest of my life or if he cuts me, it's the same.

  • It's wrong.

  • In my opinion, it's wrong.

  • If I'm number one contender and I have to fight off, I'll move up to 1 70 You really disagree?

  • You know, people like Dana, higher ups.

  • You say you fight, you fight.

  • They're just teammates.

  • And they feel they want the belt more than they care about their teammates.

  • And okay, they can fight.

  • But when your family, it's not gonna happen, you know, let's say if there was two brothers in the same division, let's see if they know would make them fight.

  • I don't know if that would happen.

  • You know, if there were one was Champion was number one contender.

  • I don't see them fighting each other, and I don't think Dana would push for it, either.

  • So that's I think that's the difference.

  • It we're not just teammates were family and thistles.

  • A message.

  • I'm going to get across everybody.

  • How special is ever.

  • You have something so close Both your making the rise up help How enjoyed was and has been It's going through the trials and tough times.

  • So yeah, this is another thing people don't realize when I say when, you know when he wins, I get to enjoy it.

  • It's the same for him.