UFC featherweight Diego Brandao won this past Saturday at UFC on FOX 15 when the fight was stopped due to a cut on his opponents ear. His opponent, Jimy Hettes, obviously wanted to continue but the doctor deemed the cut, caused by Brandao, caused too much damage.
Brandao spoke with Combate about the fight and the stoppage.
“I thought the blow hit him on the head. When he fell down, I saw the blood and thought it was a cut on his head. I only saw it was his ear when the fight was over. I think he referee stopped the fight because his ear was hanging and if I had hit him again, he could’ve gotten an infection and that can be a huge deal. Kudos to the UFC and the commission for stopping the fight. But speaking of me, I trained 16 weeks in Sao Paulo, that crazy city, so I wanted to wear him out more. I wanted to hit him more because I took a lot of shots in the gym.
“I thought he had really good jiu-jitsu for a purple belt. He escaped my rear naked choke and even reversed me once. Kudos to him for coming all out. Now I’ll go back to training because I know Conor won’t win his next fight. Aldo is our champion, he will never lose to that guy, ever. I hope Conor accepts this rematch one day because I was man enough to take it on short notice, he should accept to fight me again, because he’s a man. I want to fight in his backyard, because it feels better to win that way”
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