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. Â It’s a new feature TheCageDoor.net is going to include after every fight we cover. Â We’ll talk to the fightersÂ that we interviewed before the fight, Â to get their post fight thoughts and reactions.
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TCD.net: You got a split decisions loss.Â Â What would you do different in a rematch?
Jace: Obviously, I would have liked to have gotten the fight on the ground. Â I felt like I could have won the fight on the ground.Â I have to give credit to Jesus for that and to 4oz for preparing him accordingly, so great job on that guys (if you’re reading this.)Â I think if I were to fight him again I would probably not be so aggressive.Â Â I had trouble with his counter punching style.Â He was hard to reach, and he did a good job of keeping me at the end of his punches.Â Maybe I would play the counter puncher for a bit.Â Oh yeah and maybe check a few more of those leg kicks (that’s kind of important) [laughs].
TCD.net: How did his take down defense change your game plan?
Jace: It changed the game plan in the second round dramatically. Â The first round, I planned to stand and test the waters, and the second round was going to be all ground, but of course I couldn’t get the guy down so that was out the window.
TCD.net: Did you feel a sense of urgency going into the third round or did you believe you were winning the fight?
Jace: IÂ felt IÂ was down at least one point from that first round, so yeah, I felt IÂ had to come out and get him down and submit him or score a knockdown/knockout, but you know Jesus is very tough. Â I felt like I tested his chin, but it just wasn’t my night.Â As IÂ have said before, hats off to him and his crew.Â Jesus was very respectful and professional, as was Bobby.Â I wanted to leave it all on the line in that third round and give as much as I got.Â I feel like IÂ did just that, and IÂ can’t really ask much more out of myself than what I did.Â He was the better man on November 7th, and I’ll be back in the W column after my next fight or I will die trying.Â I guarantee it!
TCD.net: You usually fight at 170.Â How hard was the weight cut for you to 155? Will you stay at 155 or move up?
Kenny: Due to my knowledge and background as a strength and conditioning coach at Westside, I was able to make the drop to 155 without a problem (although I weighed in a half pound over, whoops). I started the drop from 187 about 6-7 weeks prior with a steady diet of fresh and raw foods as well as plenty of long distance running with target heart rate zones. I am a firm believer in these methods, and I will stick behind them from here on out to stay in the 155lb division. I feel I am a force to be reckoned with in this class. Â I would also like to thank my teammate Chris Mango. Â He and I put together a great diet to get me back to the full weight I wanted to be at for the fight, 175lbs. Â I loaded up with carbs every two hours. Â I ate brown rice, pasta, whole wheat cous cous, quinoa, plenty of leafy greens, and sweet potatoes.
TCD.net: You dominated for most of the fight, what happened leading up to the submission?
Kenny: I do feel I was in complete control of the fight, before I was caught. I think I got a little too comfortable in the position I was in, and I let off the gas for a moment. That’s something I will never do again. Â As I hope you could see, I was in shape to go the distance nonstop, and for some reason, I paused for a few moments. Â I feel that’s what allowed him to recover from that Superman punch that droppedÂ him, and I some good shots he took on the ground. I don’t think he knew where he was, but that tough ass didn’t stop moving for a second. Â I think he had to go for that guillotine as his way to victory, and to his credit, he got it. Although I feel confident on the ground, I will not abort from my stand up ever again, unless necessary.
TCD.net: Did Arron win this fight or did you lose it?
Kenny: I do feel I lost the fight, but in no way will I take away from Arron’s strategy and determination to win. Whether or not he won it or I lost it, I know he paid a good price for that win. I just hopeÂ everybodyÂ noticed that I do belong fighting at this level, and I will be back stronger and smarter than ever. You always learn much more from a loss than a win, and for me, itâ€™s the first time I got to do this. Congrats to Arron again. Â To other fighters out there, if you’re competing at 155, train hard, if you see my name on a fight card next to yours.
Chad “Robo” Robichaux
TCD.net: I heard there was some drama at the rules meeting. Â What happened?
Robo: I had said in my interview for you guys that if he didnâ€™t tap, I would break his arm.Â I think he took it personal because he was eye to eye with me, but he asked the ref, â€œHey ref, if I get my arm broken, are you going to let me keep fighting.â€Â Â Â I immediately chimed back, â€œThatâ€™s a good question.â€Â Man the room got silent real quick.
TCD.net: How important was it for you to come out and enforce your game plan from the get-go?
Robo: Strategy was very important, and everything happened to a tee.Â You canâ€™t always predict what a fighter is going to do, but our predictions about what he would do panned out and we were able to implement everything perfectly.Â It was textbook.
TCD.net: You had a massive fan base at the event. How did it feel to perform so well in front of them?
Robo: This was the 4th time Iâ€™ve fought a main event. Â Iâ€™ve cornered guys in the big shows including UFC and WEC, but it was overwhelming to see how many people came together to watch me fight.Â I never usually pay attention to the crowd, but it was overwhelming seeing that team support.Â I had to pull myself together and not tear up and get all soft on everybody.Â I had to get in there and take care of business.Â It was really good to have Lewis Wood in my corner,because heâ€™s fought some really big shows too.Â He leaned over to me and said, like only Lewis would say in a stern voice , â€œHEY, donâ€™t pay attention to this stuff.Â Focus on the job we came to do. [pounding his hand] Be strict.â€
TCD.net: You’re ranked #21 pound for pound in the world by mixedmartialarts.com, you have an 8-0 record and your last win was maybe youâ€™re most dominant ever. When will we see you again?
Robo: Man, somebody needs to forward that over to the WEC and Dana White. Â I want to fight the best. Â Iâ€™m at a loss for words.Â Iâ€™m 8-0 as a professional. Â Iâ€™ve had 13 pro/am fights, and I submitted everyone.Â Only two Â of those barely made it to the second round.Â Iâ€™m a big and strong 135â€™er.Â My boxing is good, and my wrestling is good.Â I just out wrestled a 20 year wrestler, and I tapped a guy who hasnâ€™t tapped in 9 pro fights.Â Put the bets guys in WEC and Dream in front of me and let me show people what I can do.
That MixedMartialArts.com poll is about the most popular fighters in the sport amongst the fans, and Iâ€™m the only 135er on the list.Â I mean, I have my MBA and a business mindset, so if Iâ€™m trying to sell tickets to my event, I want the most popular fighters in my event.
TCD.net: Is there anyone in particular you want to fight?
Robo: Who at 135 wouldnâ€™t want to fight Miguel Torrez.Â Heâ€™s the only guy at 135 in MMA whoâ€™s Jiu-Jitsu could match mine.Â I fight these really good Brazilians and Japanese at the Â World Championships all the time, and I think, â€œMan, I would smash this guy in MMA,â€ so I think it would be fun to fight a guy in MMA who can match my Jiu-Jitsu.Â I mean, whoever they give me an opportunity to fight I will, itâ€™s packed with good 135ers.Â Iâ€™ve been around the sport since 1996, and I know that I would rise to the top.
TCD.net: I see you have a brace on your wrist, what happened?
Robo: I got in a fight [laughs].Â I hurt it when I was smashing Lewisâ€™s eye socket.Â Itâ€™s okay now.
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Arron Barringer and Jason Carter were unavailable for comment at the time of this writing. Â If they can be reached at some point in the future, we will update this article.