The biggest controversy of UFC on FX 7, which took place last
Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazi, occurred in the bout between Pedro Nobre
. Referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the action after
determining that Alcantara had landed a series of illegal blows to
the back of Nobre’s head, and the fight was declared a no contest.
In an interview with Sherdog.com, Nobre defended himself from
accusations that he faked an injury to the head to avoid
Check out the full interview below.
You had to go to the hospital after the fight. How are you
I'm better; the doctors said I had a soft tissue injury, but
nothing serious in the skull or brain. I have to wait to see how
long the UFC medical suspension will be, but I'm fine.
What do you remember about the fight? Did you feel the blows to
I went to the hospital with a bad headache, and, in my mind, I had
suffered a technical knockout. I was very sad for the defeat. When
I was in the Octagon, [they] asked me what I felt, and I said I had
a huge pain in the head, and I couldn't walk or open my eyes. At no
time during the fight did I complain about blows to the neck
because I was almost knocked out and did not know where the blows
were coming. And nobody asked me if I could continue, they just
asked what hurt. Then I thought I had lost it. Only at the hospital
did they tell me that it had been ruled a no contest. It was a bad
thing to have taken the victory from Iuri, but when I reviewed the
fight, I saw that the blows really came on the neck. It is illegal,
so the no contest was fair.
So if Iuri had been more careful he would have won?
Of course, I felt the blows when I turned back. I was almost
knocked out already. If he did not land those blows to the neck, he
would have achieved a fair victory.
The fans called you "quitter" after the fight, and you have been
receiving a lot of criticism on the Internet. How do you react to
As for the crowd, I did not understand why they called me quitter
because, as I said, in my mind I was leaving to the hospital after
losing by TKO. I saw the repercussions on the Internet, and I was
sad. Everyone who has been following my career knows me. Everyone
knows the character I have, but [some are saying] that I gave up
the fight. Gee, brother, I was knocked out. The referee stopped it.
The fight was over. I did not ask to stop, and they did not ask if
I wanted to continue.
Did you see that [UFC President] Dana White posted on Twitter
that you are a great actor?
I saw, I was upset, but he's the boss. He wants a show, there
wasn't a show, and he can say whatever he wants. If he wants to
mark this duel again, I accept.
Then will you ask the UFC for this fight against Iuri
I met Iuri in the hotel, and he apologized and said he did not
intend to land illegal blows. And he really didn’t -- I know that
was in the heat of battle. I told him that these things happen, and
that if he wanted to do this fight again he could ask the UFC,
because I asked too.
Speaking of the fight, is there some mistake you made that Yuri
took in advantage?
The fight was good. I hit a blow on “Marajo” when he tried to land
a takedown. Then I went to the single leg, and this was my mistake.
I knew that Iuri defends single leg by attacking with the kimura,
and he caught me. If I was to give up, I would have tapped there,
but I didn't tap. I would have let it break. I spun and escaped the
kimura, but I fell back in a bad position. [I] defended two
rear-naked choke attempts, but Iuri seized [the opportunity].
Before the fight, you told me you would ask to fight in the
flyweight division. After recent events, are you in good enough
standing with the UFC to ask for anything?
I am UFC contracted and this fight had no result. If I have to
fight again at bantamweight, with Iuri or another opponent, I will
fight and then ask to go down. Let's wait and see what the UFC
You lost for the second time in the eyes of Dana White, and you
have suffered much criticism after fighting "Marajo." How do you
see your situation in the UFC today?
I have extra motivation; I want to show my value. I took a fight on
short notice, at a weight that was not mine, and what happened,
happened. I could not show the UFC what I really am. I want to show
in the next fight that they didn't make a mistake hiring me.
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