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Joe Pyfer disputes Jack Hermansson ‘fraud examine’ after joyless UFC 303 KO: ‘I’m so disgusted with MMA followers’


Joe Pyfer violently returned to the win column at UFC 303 final month (June 29, 2024).

It was a superb time to be Pyfer from 2022 to early 2024. The Dana White’s Contender Collection alum had a well-known quote coined for him by UFC’s boss, he lived as much as the hype with nice performances, however ultimately got here up brief when given a ranked opponent.

The 27-year-old Middleweight prospect misplaced a 5 spherical unanimous resolution in opposition to Jack Hermansson this previous February. At UFC 303, Pyfer got here again with a vengeance in opposition to Canada’s Marc-Andre Barriault, scoring the knockout on the 1:25 mark of spherical one (watch highlights). As nice of a win because it was for “Bodybagz,” he couldn’t take pleasure in it after the reception his earlier loss introduced.

“There’s actually no excessive from this one,” Pyfer mentioned on The MMA Hour. “I don’t know what it’s. I feel I’m so disgusted with MMA followers that there’s actually no pleasure in it for me now. I simply really feel like lots of people are all pretend now. So after getting sh*t on as a result of I got here up brief within the resolution, I simply don’t have that — I don’t know. I’m simply being sincere, I don’t know.

“I used to be speaking to my coach about it as a result of there actually is not any excessive for me,” he continued. “I’m excited and I’m happy with myself. It was a stellar efficiency and I made essentially the most cash I’ve ever made in my profession, and that’s what I’m tremendous blissful about.”

Pyfer’s bout in opposition to Hermansson was a case of “an excessive amount of too quickly” after battering his means by way of 13 opponents to solely go the space as soon as (13-3). Circumstantially, the Vineland, New Jersey native believes it’s not truthful to name him a “fraud” after one UFC loss.

“All people type of mentioned I received fraud checked, and it type of rubbed me the improper means,” Pyfer mentioned. “I [don’t] assume fraud examine is I’m going on the market and I combat the No. 10 man on the earth in my fourth combat within the UFC, unranked, and go 5 rounds with him, and was successful early and exhibiting that I used to be the higher boxer till I couldn’t maintain the identical tempo, received hit within the eye, couldn’t see the man for the remainder of the combat. Credit score to him, it’s as a result of he prompted harm. He hit me within the eye, it was a authorized shot, after which he began, along with his veteran expertise, investing in that calf kick. Fifth spherical it was 2-2, I come out, I felt like I used to be going to begin getting my momentum, after which he took me down. He switched it up.

“However my level is, all people f*cking sh*t on me and mentioned I received fraud checked and ‘salty man Joe’ and all this sh*t,” he continued. “I used to be like, yo, it’s truthful. I deserve this as a result of I now received each ends of the stick. Damned for those who do, damned for those who don’t. I took a threat and it wasn’t the neatest threat, given the circumstances, however I’m happy with my efficiency, and I simply needed to study that hate is one thing that’s at all times going to come back on this sport regardless of how profitable we’re, and it’ll come at a brutal price of your psychological well being for those who don’t study to detach individuals who don’t matter’s opinions.”

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