Second guessing is part of our sport. Many times we will watch a fight as fans and second guess the decisions a fighter made. We donâ€™t truly understand whatâ€™s going through their minds during the fight. “Looking Back” is a way of letting the fighters explain to the fans why they did what they did or what they might have done differently.
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TCD.net: How hard was it to fight your friend, and did that affect your strategy?
Andrew: It really wasnâ€™t that hard.Â When the fight started it was just like a really hard core sparring session, so it wasnâ€™t hard to fight him.Â As far as strategy, I knew what he was going to bring to the table, which is why I pretty much tried to keep it on the ground, because heâ€™s got good hands.
TCD.net: You had John in multiple submission attempts before you finally cinched in the Dâ€™Arce. How discouraging was it to have him continually escape?
Andrew: It was, but not in the sense that Iâ€™m going to lose the fight.Â It was more discourage in the sense of , â€œman Iâ€™ve got to work on my jits more, I thought I was better than thisâ€.
TCD.net: In the second round John had a guillotine on you that looked pretty tight. It did not seem to be below your chin but still seemed tight. What were you thinking at that moment?
Andrew: I looked at the video, and it does look tight.Â My girlfriend, parents, all my buddies, they all thought it was tight too. Â To be honest, it wasnâ€™t around my neck, it was Â just around my jaw line.Â I was looking at Travis and Jace and told them Iâ€™m OK; I also looked at the ref and said “Iâ€™m cool, donâ€™t think Iâ€™m passing out or anything”.Â So then I just sat there for a while, rather than try and escape, because I know how taxing that can be on somebodyâ€™s arm.Â If you think you have a choke or an arm bar or a triangle locked up and you really squeeze at it for a while, thatâ€™s going to kill those muscles.Â So I wanted him to burn some energy in his arm before I tried to escape.
TCD.net: Do you plan to make any title defenses or are you going Pro?
Andrew: I have no idea. I havenâ€™t thought about it.Â Itâ€™s a good question, but one to be left to me and my coaches. Â We need to evaluate what my next move is.
John: It was weird.Â I didnâ€™t know if I should have touched his hand to just get the aggression out.Â Â It was weird be we are such good friends, but we did what we had to do.Â After that first punch, everything kind went a lot smoother.Â After the fight, it was cool that we were all buddy buddy.Â Itâ€™s cool that we can go in there and beat each others as and then turn around and say â€œ good job manâ€.Â There where no hard feeling or anything, we still talk.Â I talked to him the day after, the week after and still talk to him.Â If I had to do it again, I think I could, it wasnâ€™t too bad.
WTCD.net: e you able to stick to your game plan or did Andrew make you change it during the fight?
John: He made me change quit a bit.Â I wanted to keep it standing up, but heâ€™s got such good take downs that it was hard for me to keep it standing.Â Plus he knew thatâ€™s what I wanted.Â It was just hard for me to stay on my feet.
TCD.net: What would you change about your approach to this fight if you could do it over again?
John: I definitely need to work on my grappling and my wrestling more.Â Thatâ€™s something I should have done more.Â When I had the opportunity, I should have taken him down and put him on the ground instead of the other way.Â I would def work on that more before I got back in there with him.
TCD.net: So do you want a rematch?
John: Definitely, but not anytime soon.Â Iâ€™ll let him hold on to it for a little while. [laughs] But seriously, yes, I would do it again.
TCD.net: Anything youâ€™d like to add?
John: I just want to say congratulation to him on his victory; it was a good hard fight.Â Good job.
Jordan: I didnâ€™t get to see tape on him and I thought his plan was to stay out of the clinch with me. I thought he was just going to try to knock my head off.Â I have been working my boxing every day for the last 6 months, and my hands were pretty good for this fight. I came out and he clinched with me and my first thought was â€œawesomeâ€
TCD.net: Did you think it would be that easy?
Jordan: I always want to be prepared for the worst. I knew he was going to be a tough guy. I was prepared to go 5 rounds. My cardio was awesome so I was very confident in my stamina, but I was glad to get it over with so I could get some partying done. [Laughs]
TCD.net: Now that you are the Lonestar Beatdown 170lb champion will you defend the title or are you going pro?
Jordan: Yeah I promised my wife that the next time I would fight it would be for money. The plan is to go pro in March with Legacy because those guys really take care of us, unless something comes up sooner.
I want to thank all my coaches, all my training partners, and Animal Fightwear
Scott: It totally affected me. My gameplan really stayed the same, but I really lost my composure. I tried to keep my cool and put it to the side but regardless it was all me in there. But it did affect me.
TCD.net: You bounced around from gym to gym after the closing of Miletich. Do you think not having a steady camp affected your performance?
Scott: It completely did. Not that I wasnâ€™t getting support, but you need that camp support of having a place to go, a scheduled regiment, a steady flow of teammates and conditioning. You really have to have that.
TCD.net: Looking back, what would you do different?
Scott: First off I would have cross faced more. [laughs] Not sure why I went for a stupid guillotine, and then I didnâ€™t use the cage any. I didnâ€™t break his posture. There are several things I didnâ€™t do right. I was and still am totally disgusted with my performance. . I want to get back in there as soon as possible. I heard there is a January card coming up and I would love to be on that.