The obvious question might be “how do I feel about taking my first loss,” but the truth is that I don’t feel any different today than I did yesterday. I might have been an undefeated fighter before yesterday but I was never under the false notion that I was invincible or the best in the world. I’ve trained against enough elite guys to know better than that.
Obviously, it sucks to lose, especially in a very close fight. It sucked to look at the video (poor quality but Part 1 / Part 2) and see how close I was to winning. and to see that a few small adjustments would have been the difference. The fight was very much there for the taking, and I simply didn't take it. I didn't fight intelligently enough, and I didn't execute. I simultaneously fought too aggressively (looking for the finish) and without enough urgency (not scrambling to keep top position). An MMA fight that’s just 2 rounds x 3 minutes is more like a wrestling match where you’re allowed to hit the other guy, and that should’ve been my approach.
I think I will do well with a couple weeks off, but I have lots to learn from this fight, and I’m motivated to take the lessons I learned yesterday and come back stronger in the next one.
Congrats to this dude on the win. He has a mean left hook.