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Why did Niko Price eat so many elbows at UFC on FOX 27? He couldn't stop laughing

CHARLOTTE – Niko Price may have ended up with stitches in his face thanks to George Sullivan’s elbows, but he had a good explanation for how and why it happened.

You see, he caught a case of the mid-fight giggles on the prelims of UFC on FOX 27.

“The reason he hit me so much was because I started laughing,” Price told MMAjunkie. “I don’t know why I started laughing. It was like, ‘hahaha – boom!’ Oh, okay. Stop laughing.”

Despite the laugh attack and the elbows that landed as a result, Price (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) managed to take Sullivan’s back and lock on the rear-naked choke to force the submission finish late in the second round, giving him his first win since a submission loss to Vincente Luque in October.

If there’s anything he learned from the damage he sustained against Sullivan (17-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC), Price said, it’s that there’s an easier way to make a living, even in this difficult line of work.

“Fights like this, they just make you realize you don’t want that,” Price said. “You don’t want to go in there and get elbowed in the face and laugh at some elbows and get elbowed again and then stop laughing at elbows. You don’t want to do that. … Just avoid the situation and knock them out first.”

With his third UFC win under his belt, Price finds himself still trying to crack the welterweight rankings, which might require a tougher, more accomplished opponent in his next fight.

That’s a challenge Price welcomes, preferably sooner rather than later, especially with the UFC headed to his home state of Florida for the next UFC on FOX event in Orlando next month.

“Everyone’s on my list,” Price said. “I want to be better, and I want to fight better people. Bring me to them. It would be sweet if I could get on that Florida card and fight in my hometown, but I’ll let these stitches heal up and we’ll see what’s up. Florida’s right around the corner and I’m in shape, so let’s go.”

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 27, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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