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Matt Grice Says Jacob Volkmann’s Release Isn’t a Message To Wrestlers

February 21, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Matt Grice recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Dennis Bermudez at UFC 157 this weekend and more. Check out the highlights:

On the UFC cutting Jacon Volmann: “I don’t really think it’s a message to wrestlers. Most wrestlers don’t shy away from the standup game, and most of us aren’t afraid to throw our hands. Volkmann had some run-ins in post-fight interviews and got in some trouble. He rubbed some people the wrong way. They had the chance, and they let him go. I honestly think it had to do with his other antics.”

On Bermudez’ wrestling skills: “I think I’m the better wrestler and the better wrestler for MMA. I respect Dennis’ skills and think he’s a real tough guy, but I still think I am (better).”

On his day job as a police officer: “The only time I’m home in my three-month camp is when I’m sleeping. I work 10-hour shifts for eight days straight, and then I get six days off. Those six help me recover. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything because I enjoy being busy. It helps me stay more mentally focused. If I have too much time on my hands, I may sit around. But I’m on such a tight schedule, it helps me keep everything in focus.”

On his fight this weekend: “(Wrestlers are) all hard-headed – that’s why we’re in this business. On any given night, I think I can beat anybody and I’m sure he feels the same way. On Saturday night, I guess we’ll find out.”

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