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David Mitchell Says He Went All Out In Simeon Thoresen Win

February 10, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

David Mitchell recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his win over Simon Thoreson at UFC on Fox 6 and more. Check out the highlights:

On his win: “I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Gattaca, but there’s a scene where Ethan Hawke says, ‘I never saved anything for the swim back.’ That’s what I did in this fight. I just went for it.”

On his 2011 loss to Paulo Thiago: “I think if I had done that with Paulo, even with the injuries and everything else, I would have had more success. I wasn’t even tired after three rounds. I want to be carried out of there.”

On the impinged nerve he was suffering during the Thiago fight: “My chiropractor, Matt Burns, he told me it would take a full year to get to 100 percent. I’m still a month or two out from that. I can see in some of the pictures and I can feel that the strength on the left side is still not what it used to be at one time. So it’s still a healing process.”

On his hefty time off between Thiago and Thoresen: “The silver lining was it just kind of forced me to slow down and work more on my mental game and technique of boxing and jiu-jitsu and study more. Before, I would always be like ‘Oh, cardio! Run, run, run!’ and never really slowed down to think about getting better. At this level of MMA in the UFC, you better be improving on all levels every fight or you won’t be around long.”

On his goals: “I just want to get my UFC record back to .500 and earn that Dave Terrell brown belt. Those are my goals for 2013.”

On wanting another fight with Thiago: “I’m just looking at how I can get better and improve as a fighter. That’s not going to be a process that’s going to happen overnight, so I’m not in a huge hurry. Of course, I enjoy fighting, and I’m looking forward to fight again in the UFC, hopefully this summer. A rematch in Paulo Thiago in Oakland sounds like it would be a good fight to make. Being healthy against him, I think it would be a very interesting fight, but whatever the UFC, my coach Dave Terrell and my manager Tom Call want to do, I’m going to do it.”

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