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T.J. Waldburger Says He’s Learned His Lesson From His UFC on F/X 4 Loss

December 14, 2012 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

T.J. Waldburger recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight against Nick Catone at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale and more. Check out the highlights:

On his loss to Brian Ebersole at UFC on F/X 4: “The biggest thing for that fight was my post-weigh-in rehydrating. That was all my fault. I took in four IV bags, and I was hydrating orally, too. I looked like the Michelin Man. I was huge. I was very lethargic. So in the first 30 seconds to a minute, I was pretty fatigued.”

On learning his lesson from that fight: “One thing I knew I had on Brian was cardio. And it was the exact opposite. One of those things you’ve got to learn the hard way. The biggest thing I did wrong was try it for the first time for the fight. That was just stupid. I should’ve done a trial before and then I’d have known this isn’t going to work. Cutting weight and rehydrating is such a science.”

On the fight itself: “Ebersole was a fantastic opponent. We still had a great fight. It was exciting. That’s the main thing I want to give to the fans. I was still able to accomplish that. I thought I had him finished, but he’s tough.”

On Catone’s weight cut: “He’s dropping down from like 200 or more, probably. So he’s going to be a big guy. He’s a wrestler, so he knows how to make the cut. That won’t take much out of him. He’ll be a strong wrestler with heavy hands.”

On the potential of Catone being on top of him: “I think in a fight, you want to be on top. That’s the first goal if you’re going to go to the ground. The guard is always there, and yeah, I could work that or get back out. But I think a lot of judges don’t see the offense you’re putting in on the bottom and don’t really look at that as effective, I guess. If you’re on top, then you’re winning. I need to finish him. That’s my thing. Get on top, finish him and don’t leave it to the judges.”

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