Ryan Jimmo Discusses Knocking Out Anthony Perosh in Seven Seconds at UFC 149
– Ryan Jimmo recently spoke about fighting James Te Huna this weekend. Here are the highlights…
On Knocking Out Anthony Perosh in Seven Seconds: “I try to pretend it didn’t happen. I almost try to treat it as if I failed – as if I didn’t win. I just lost, and it’s important that I try harder. Coming off a loss, you have to win. Even after the fight, I just make sure and train my brain that I didn’t win that night, that I lost, and that I’m going to have to work five times harder to make sure I don’t make mistakes. It makes sure that I have a better work ethic.”
On The Performance: “I knew I could overwhelm him with my standup if I threw hard and heavy hands,” Jimmo said. “Also, it’s OK to take risks in the bigger shows. The pay is better. The bonuses are better. You get better recognition. If you get knocked out in a little show, it’s like, ‘OK, here’s a little bit of money and a pat on the back.’ You don’t gain anything from it.’ Lastly, I’m training with a great camp. I came out to the Blackzilians, and I train with world-class fighters every day. It makes you fight every day. I can’t get sloppy. I can’t not be at my best every day. It’s made me better.”
On Facing James Te Huna: “The guy’s got very heavy hands,” Jimmo said. “He’s tough as nails. He’s strong. He’s going to be a very game opponent. He’s not somebody who’s going to give up easy in a fight, so I prepared very hard to face a very dangerous opponent. If you were going to step off a curb in a block and a half, you wouldn’t think about how you’re planning your steps in order to step off that curb,” Jimmo said. “You just put one foot in front of the other and make sure you’re stepping in the right direction. You don’t plan ahead because that can mess you up.
“All I know is I’m fighting James Te Huna. You could put us in a back room with no cameras where no one is watching or just have a janitor watch us. It doesn’t matter. I mean, I want people to see it, and I want the rewards from it, but as long as I’m happy with how I perform to my own expectations of excellence, I’m fine. I just make sure my preparation is perfect, and when fight time comes, I just make sure I perform.”