Rodrigo Damm was defeated by way of split-decision at UFC 154 on Saturday night in Montreal, Canada, taking his UFC record to 1-1.
But the former member of the Brazilian national wrestling squad, now a professional MMA fighter with the X-Gym team, says neither he nor UFC matchmaker Joe Silva thought the judge’s decision for Antonio Pato was correct.
“I'm satisfied that I was doing well in the fight. Pato is a tough guy and I showed my evolution in the striking department. I'm only saddened by the outcome, but now I have to continue training hard to come back better next time,” he says.
“When I left the Octagon, Joe Silva told me that I had won, and also told me to keep working and that's what I'm gonna do.”
Damm was disappointed afterwards but said that he was approached by numerous well-wishers who told him to keep his head up.
“Many people came to talk to me, told me not to be too concerned because they thought that I was better and that I won the fight. I want to thank everybody for the support, my team, my family and all the capixaba fans [people from Espirito Santo] who supported me,” he says.
“And, to top it off, I want to thank Anderson Silva, who stepped in the Octagon with me and helped me a lot. I will return stronger.”