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Dennis Bermudez Speaks on Grueling Fight of the Night with Matt Grice at UFC 157

February 27, 2013 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

MMAjunkie Radio interviewed UFC featherweight fighter Dennis Bermudez following his impressive Fight of the Night performance with Matt Grice at UFC 157. Bermudez won a close split decision. Here are some highlights:

Regarding his doubts before he was able to gut out the rest of the fights: “When I got knocked down, I felt like it was the third time I got knocked down because he was just blasting me on my feet. I was like, ‘Man, I don’t know how much longer I can take any of this.’ But I kept grinding through and pushed through the fight. But at one point, I was like, ‘Man, if he keeps crushing me like this and capitalizes, I’m done.’ I remembered that crossed my mind during the middle of the fight.”

Bermudez on his opponent Matt Grice: “He actually might be the better man because at least he stands up. When I went at him, I fell down. But I do get right back up [joking] … I was hitting him as probably as hard I could, as much I could…We tried to kill each other, and afterward, it’s weird when you meet someone by fighting. You both have common goals. (Afterward), you’re like, ‘You’re a good person.’ I know it sounds ironic, but you can really tell a lot about a person by their willpower and drive. He’s one of the coolest opponents I ever had.”

Bermudez on his future after the fight: “I think I have more and better fights in my future. I do think I’m a top 10 guy, so if I get someone in the top 10, that’d be great. That’s where I want to be.”

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