Kris Moutinho is just not proud of the best way issues went down in his UFC debut.
Moutinho (9-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered a third-round TKO loss in his octagon debut at UFC 264 on Saturday, shedding to prospect Sean O’Malley within the opening struggle of the principle card at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas. However on prime of not getting his hand raised, he thinks his struggle was stopped prematurely.
Moutinho confirmed tons of coronary heart and sturdiness towards O’Malley (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC), however he was badly battered and dropped as soon as in the course of the bantamweight contest. Referee Herb Dean determined he had seen sufficient and known as the struggle with 27 seconds left in Spherical 3. Many online protested that Moutinho ought to’ve been given the prospect to go the space, whereas others argued the stoppage saved him from extra harm.
The 28-year-old agrees with the previous, he mentioned, and felt he was nonetheless sport within the struggle.
“I positively suppose it was stopped too quickly, however I’m not going to sit down right here and bash Herb Dean as a result of he looks as if an amazing man and an amazing referee,” Moutinho instructed MMA Junkie Radio. “I’ve seen him make quite a lot of nice calls, generally you make dangerous ones. I’ve seen guys who seem like they’re going to die in that cage and never get stopped. You possibly can watch the Rory MacDonald struggle with Robbie Lawler the place he went 4 and a half rounds along with his face smashed and a bloody mess and so they didn’t cease that struggle.
“There was 30 seconds left, let me exit on my defend. I used to be nonetheless standing, I used to be nonetheless throwing punches, so yeah I’m slightly upset.
“If it could’ve gone to determination, I nonetheless would’ve misplaced the struggle, so it doesn’t actually matter. A loss is a loss. I’m a really aggressive individual, everyone seems to be speaking to me like, ‘It was 10 days discover, don’t be upset in regards to the loss,’ however I’m all the time upset in regards to the loss. I’m a person and I received pleasure. It hurts to lose, I needed his head on my wall. However I’ll return, get higher and the following man goes to must pay for it.”
An enormous speaking level within the bout other than O’Malley’s hanging accuracy, Moutinho’s sturdiness, and the controversial stoppage, was the tempo of the competition. Moutinho marched ahead your entire time and made O’Malley work. Many, together with UFC commentators Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier, thought O’Malley was slowing down regardless of nonetheless retaining a lede within the scorecards.
Moutinho mentioned he felt O’Malley was getting drained and thinks a number of changes in a second assembly would get his hand raised.
“I requested him the struggle at one level, ‘You’re drained,’ and he was like, ‘Yeah,’” Moutinho mentioned. “I do know I received to the dude, I do know he’s going to recollect me for the remainder of his life.
“He’s by no means going to need to struggle me once more and if he does, there’s quite a lot of various things I’m going to do in that struggle if I ever struggle him once more. The leg kicks have been working, I used to be touchdown quite a lot of leg kicks. I simply ought to’ve stored going with them. My fingers, I ought to’ve set them up with feints. There’s quite a lot of stuff me and my coaches will probably be engaged on and we’ll get higher from this. It might be at 135 (kilos), it might be at 125, we’re simply going to get higher and preserve going.”