Earning wins in the UFC is certainly no easy task, but what comes next is often even more important: the post-fight callout.
So after Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 12 event in South Carolina, who took advantage of their time on the mic? See below for this week’s Callout Collection – and just how realistic each one is.
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First up, let’s take a look at the night’s prelim winners.
Wants to fight: Whoever I need to get in the title picture
The callout: “I just want whoever Dana (White) and Sean Shelby put in front of me – whoever I need to make it to the top-10. Whoever I need to get in the title picture. That’s all I want. I don’t care who it is.”
Wants to fight: Bryce Mitchell
The callout: “I’m just working to the top, man – humbly, respectfully. I’m going to come in here and keep working hard, keep winning. I really feel like I deserve a top-15 opponent. I’m not one to call people out. I’m going to keep going and keep winning. But if the UFC wants me to fight a top-15 guy, I will, but if not, there’s a guy out there – apparently he’s a thug from Arkansas. I’d love to put a nice butt-whooping on him and show him what a real thug is. Let’s do it, Bryce.
The reality: Dan Ige turned in an impressive performance against a durable Kevin Aguilar, getting out to a quick start and then digging deep in the third round to wobble his foe and claim a clear decision win.
Afterward, Ige (12-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) nearly went with the overriding theme of the night in refusing to call someone out but eventually circled back around and called for a fight with undefeated contender Bryce Mitchell (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), citing some previous online chatter. For his part, “Thug Nasty” seemed up to the booking.
Two young fighters, both on the rise, with a little bit of heat added to the mix? Sign me up.
Next up, let’s check out the main card.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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