Former Cage Warriors lightweight champion Chris Fishgold spoke to us here at Pundit Arena after his hugely impressive victory at UFC Prague last month.
The Liverpudlian was given the almighty task of taking out the current #15 featherweight in the world Calvin Kattar in his UFC debut.
As a huge underdog, Fishgold managed to turn a lot of expectations on their head as he brought the fight to the highly-touted Kattar – pushing the pace from the get-go.
Calvin’s experience and composure were the difference on the night, though, as he gradually started to find his range, tagging the Englishman hard before closing the show with an impressive TKO.
At UFC Prague last month, Chris was matched up against Daniel Teymur for his second promotional outing – a fight that displayed his skills to an even greater extent than before.
This time, however, he would not be denied the win – finishing Teymur in the second-round with the rear-naked choke.
Speaking to us here at Pundit Arena, Fishgold explained how his nerves actually intensified the second time around – something that led to him turning in the performance that he did.
“Words cannot describe it. It was the best night of my life by far. I’m still speechless thinking about it.
“The first time I was a big underdog and no-one expected me to do as well as I did. The second time, I was the favourite and my back was against the wall. I was a lot more nervous the second time.
“This win puts me in a better situation in terms of my head, like where I’m going. Rather than thinking ‘I need this one’. I can enjoy the fight a bit more.”
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As for his opponent Daniel Teymur, who is the brother of top-lightweight David Teymur, Fishgold was quick to offer kudos after he was able to escape a tricky armbar in the first.
In the end, though, the difference in class was evident and with a UFC win now under his belt, the former Cage Warriors champ can finally breathe.
“He’s really tough isn’t he? And I was really surprised just how technical he was getting back to his feet. I hadn’t seen that in any of his other fights so he must have gone away and worked really hard.
“I knew if I stayed persistent on him, though, he would eventually give me something and that’s exactly what happened.
“Yea, an armbar is a pain-move so if you really wanted to, you could just bite the bullet. You might hurt your arm, but it’s up to you whether you tap or not.
“With a choke, you tap or you go to sleep. It’s that simple.”
As for when we can expect to see him next, Chris said he’s looking to get back in there over the summer – no doubt with an opponent who offers another step-up in terms of a test of his skills.
“I want to fight before July, I’d be happy with that. That’s in my head but obviously, that’s down to the UFC.
“Whatever fight, whenever, I’ll be grateful.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena