For 15 minutes, Dennis Bermudez and Matt Grice beat each other senseless in their featherweight bout Saturday at UFC 157.

Bermudez won a split decision, but both men banked $50,000 bonuses for “Fight of the Night.” In an interview with the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show, Bermudez discussed the thrilling matchup and more.

On hitting Grice with everything: “I remember in the third round, I was measuring with my left hand and I was replacing that with a straight right right down the pipe. I remember just driving my whole body through it one or two times in a row, like bang, and I measured him again, boom, and let it go. His eyes rolled into the back of his head and he made this kind of blood-gurgling sound, and I was like, ‘Man, would you go down?’ I would follow up and then he would hook me. I had to start all over again.”

On Grice taking his best shot: “It was almost -- and I think he could probably say the same thing -- it’s almost discouraging when you hit someone as hard as you can and they’re still standing in front of you. But I just kept hitting him as hard as I can.”

On possibly knocking Grice awake: “My striking coach actually thinks sometimes when I’d hit him again, I was waking him up -- that he might have been out on his feet and when I hit him again, it was waking him up and resparking his sparkplug there. Maybe. I don’t know. I did blast him a few times and he just went from where I hit him right to the cage, and after he hit the cage was able to get some bearings. I wanted him to fall down in the worst way.”

On the advice he received before the final round: “Talking to my corners, they sent me out to the third round like, ‘Dennis, you have to end this fight now. You have to end this fight. If you want to win, you end this fight.’ I went out there thinking I’d lost the first two rounds, but I’m not really too sure. I hit him in the first round 40 times unanswered. That has to have some weight.”

On his mindset during the fight: “Rewatching the fight, my hands were a little bit lower than I would have liked them, but I would call it ‘kill mode,’ where you have one thing on your mind and that’s getting the job done. I’m not thinking about anything else. I’m not thinking about bills, not thinking about girlfriends, not thinking about what I want to do after the fight or what I want to eat. The other guy’s the only thing on my mind. I’m in autopilot mode, ready to kill.”

On whether the bout could be “Fight of the Year”: “Hopefully. That would be really cool, but … the whole fighting in the UFC is a little surreal to me. The whole ‘Ultimate Fighter.’ It’s starting to really sink in now that people really value me and really want to hear what I have to say and really think I’m a cool person when I just think I’m a normal Joe. To be honored with ‘Fight of the Year’ would be astounding, but I’m not really sure if that fight was that or not.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 1:37:04).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Moving from UFC to Bellator, Rory MacDonald Begins His Vision Quest

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

After 21 violent minutes, Rory MacDonald's arsenal was spent. Beyond his last breath, the Canadian contender had nothing left to give as he lay shattered on the Octagon canvas. Few people realized it read news >>

Gall excited for 'best 15 minutes of career' vs Punk

  • 19 days ago
  • 3 views

Mickey Gall doesn’t plan on just beating CM Punk at UFC 203 – he plans on destroying the former WWE megastar in his UFC debut. read news >>

Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson UFC 204 Rematch Sold Out in Minutes | MMAWeekly.com

  • 17 days ago
  • 12 views

Tickets for the UFC 204 rematch between middleweight champion Michael Bisping and Dan Henderson went on sale Friday. They were gone in minutes. read news >>

Urijah Faber's Eye Poke Was 'A Little Bit Intentional,' Jimmie Rivera Says

  • 14 days ago
  • 40 views

In the later minutes of Urijah Faber's loss to Jimmie Rivera at UFC 203, the action was temporarily stopped after Faber poked Rivera in the eye. That eye poke was "a little bit" deliberate, at least read news >>

Urijah Faber's Eye Poke Was 'A Little Bit' Intentional, Jimmie Rivera Says

  • 14 days ago
  • 9 views

In the later minutes of Urijah Faber's loss to Jimmie Rivera at UFC 203, the action was temporarily stopped after Faber poked Rivera in the eye. That eye poke was "a little bit" deliberate, at least read news >>

Time to pay attention to Derek Brunson

  • 13 days ago
  • 9 views

Derek Brunson has needed just over five minutes combined to settle Ed Herman, Sam Alvey and Roan Carneiro in his last three outings, and he rolls into his co-main event matchup with Uriah Hall this w read news >>

Dustin Poirier: 'Michael Johnson Can't Last 25 Minutes with Me' (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 11 days ago
  • 30 views

Dustin Poirier will try to extend his UFC winning streak to five when he takes on Michael Johnson in a battle of lightweight contenders at UFC Fight Night Hidalgo. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 95 results: Rani Yahya gets fourth straight with grinding win over Michinori Tanaka

  • 2 days ago
  • 7 views

BRASILIA, Brazil – Minutes into the opening round, Rani Yahya looked to be on the verge of putting Michinori Tanaka to sleep with an arm-triangle choke.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>