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    Hyun Gyu Lim considered quitting after fourth round vs. Saffiedine at UFC Fight Night 34
    http://mmajunkie.com/2014/01/hyun-gy...ight-night-34/

    SINGAPORE – After 20 minutes, Hyun Gyu Lim nearly quit during his five-round battle with Tarec Saffiedine.

    Really, he could hardly have been blamed had he not answered the bell for the fifth round. In fact, there was a question after the third round if he’d make it out for the fourth.

    After three rounds, his corner implored him to give it another five minutes. And after the fourth, Lim considered calling it a day.

    “At the end of the fourth round, there was some conversation to that effect,” Lim told MMAjunkie through a translator at the post-event news conference for UFC Fight Night 34.
    But the South Korean knew what was at stake in the top-billed fight of the UFC’s debut in Singapore, which took place at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The show was the first event to stream on the UFC’s new Fight Pass digital network.

    “This was an absolute golden opportunity for me to be featured in a main event,” Lim said. “As part of the main event, I wanted to put on the best possible performance. That was my No. 1 goal, and probably the only goal I had. I feel I accomplished that goal.”
    The UFC apparently believed he did, as well. The promotion handed Lim (12-4-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Saffiedine (15-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) $50,000 bonuses for “Fight of the Night” following their battle.

    Saffiedine used a heavy leg-kick attack to wear Lim down in the first 15 minutes. Late in the third, he twice took Lim off his feet with kicks – and looked like he might be able to get a TKO finish that way.

    To start the fourth, Lim was hobbled because of the damage to his left leg – essentially fighting only on his right. Yet he continued to push forward. In the final seconds of the fight, he even mounted a flurry against Saffiedine, trying to get a miracle finish.

    Lim, who lost for the first time in the UFC, said he believes his excitement over the main event may have gotten the better of him. (But then again, Saffiedine’s leg kicks likely deserve some credit, as well.)

    “I think during the fight, maybe I might have gotten too excited and Saffiedine was actually very calm and was able to carry out the fight much better than I was,” Lim said. “My corner gave me the confidence that I could keep going. I was pushing as though this was the last moment. I really wanted to continue and finish it.
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    If he had quit, I wouldn't have blamed him. He could barely stand. Kudos to him for pressing on though, that showed a ton of heart.

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    Luiz Dutra apologizes for DQ but says Kunimoto ‘played it up to some extent’
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    “I think he really felt the first elbow,” Dutra told MMAjunkie. “I think the first two may have been legal, but I haven’t watched the video yet. I should have remained patient at that moment, especially since he was nearly giving up.

    “He knew he couldn’t take me down, and I was frustrating his plans. I should have remained calm so I could have fought better.”

    The bout, which took place at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore, streamed on UFC Fight Pass. It was a main-card opportunity for two promotional newcomers, and Dutra, a nearly 2-1 favorite, said he had motivation to work quickly.

    “I was in a rush to end the fight soon and prove that I belong in the UFC,” said the fighter, who went 8-1 on Brazil’s regional circuit before signing with the organization. “I felt he was weakening, so I continued throwing elbows. I ended up making a mistake in the heat of the moment. It’s not acceptable to me that someone who’s experienced and has been fighting for so many years should make this type of error. I always try to fight clean, within the rules. Making this type of error bothered me a lot.”

    However, he said he’s not totally to blame for the aftermath, which included Kunimoto being carried out of the cage on a stretcher. Dutra, though, said he ultimately has only himself to blame.

    “He exaggerated for a fact,” Dutra said. “As I see it, he could have returned. He didn’t return, I believe, because I was making things hard for him since I figured him out. … In truth, he played it up to some extent. But there’s no room for opinion because the rule is clear: Strikes to the back of the head are illegal. My intent was to soften him up after I stifled his takedown attempt. I made a mistake.

    “As I said before, the error is mine. The rule is clear, so the disqualification is fair, whether he played it up or not. Whether or not he came back, the fault was mine. I assume full responsibility.”

    Dutra, who said he signed a six-fight deal with the UFC, believes there’s no reason to think he won’t get a second opportunity in the organization. In fact, he said he’d like to rematch Kunimoto to avenge the DQ loss. He thinks his opponent would also be open to the rematch.

    “I believe that he didn’t want to win like that,” he said. “I’m not here to judge anyone since I’m in the wrong, but I would very much like to face him again.”

    Quinn Mulhern announces retirement following UFC Fight Night 34 loss
    His announcement (via Facebook):

    Hey guys. First, just let me express how grateful I am for the love and support of a whole community of people. Especially those folks who have been with me from the beginning of my MMA career. I love you all, thank you.

    The dust hasn’t settled exactly so I wouldn’t normally do this now…but it feels like it’s the right time: I am retiring from MMA.

    This camp was as perfect as they come. Everything fell into place, mentally, physically…my weight cut was a success. I got to a place of mental focus where I have never been before. But when I got in the cage I just didn’t have it. It wasn’t nerves, I didn’t freeze…I just didn’t have the physical gifts or skill the win. Bottom line is that I could put in years of continued work but I won’t be competitive at this level. Perhaps I’d get quite a bit better, but I think if rather spend that time on something new. I feel this in my bones.

    So this is not a tantrum of self-pity. In fact, I feel very clear and good about this decision. I’m so grateful to have done what I’ve done. I’ve gotten to travel all over the world and to fight professionally over twenty times. But this is it.

    Now what to do next is the question. I’ll leave that alone for a while. But I’m hopeful and excited for the next step.

    The phrase that was the theme of my training camp was “All in due time.” I think that phrase is quite fitting, even now.

    Love.

    Quinn

    Joe Silva’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC Fight Night 34’s winners?
    KYUNG HO KANG
    Should Fight: Dustin Kimura
    Why They Should Fight: Kang and Dustin Kimura (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) recorded impressive victories at UFC Fight Night 34, which raised curiosity about how a tilt between the two winners would go down.

    Both men produced similar efforts in their respective matchups, with Kang and Kimura dominating their opponent on the ground en route to a submission.

    While neither fighter is hovering anywhere close to a title shot, the fight would provide an opportunity to gain more valuable notoriety in the organization and ultimately more experience, as both are still young in the game.

    KIICHI KUNIMOTO
    Should Fight: Zak Cummings
    Why They Should Fight: Kunimoto appeared to be quite badly hurt as the result of illegal blows to the back of the head in his fight with Luiz Dutra, but the extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

    If the Japanese fighter isn’t sidelined for a extended period of time, a matchup with fellow submission specialist Zak Cummings (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) when the UFC returns to China in March could result in an exciting grappling-heavy affair.

    TATSUYA KAWAJIRI
    Should Fight: Winner of Jeremy Stephens vs. Darren Elkins at UFC on FOX 10
    Why They Should Fight: Kawajiri overcame some early adversity to put Sean Soriano to sleep with a second-round submission in his UFC debut, but at 35 years of age, his ceiling must be tested immediately.

    “The Crusher” has achieved a lot throughout his lengthy MMA career; however, common knowledge would lead one to believe his time in the sport is running out, and if he wants to make a run at the belt, the time is now.

    Kawajiri is aware of this, and that’s why he used the post-fight press conference as an outlet to call out featherweight champion Jose Aldo. If he can’t get that, he wants someone in the top 10.

    With that request in mind, the former PRIDE standout would be best suited for the winner of Jeremy Stephens (22-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC) and Darren Elkins (17-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC), who square off at the UFC’s next showcase on FOX later this month.

    Regardless of who comes out the winner, a stern test would be provided for Kawajiri, as both men have extensive records under the UFC banner.

    TAREC SAFFIEDINE
    Should Fight: Jake Ellenberger
    Why They Should Fight: Saffiedine was scheduled to meet Jake Ellenberger (29-7 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 34 before “The Juggernaut” withdrew from the card due to injury several weeks prior to the event.

    Since Saffiedine picked up a relatively one-sided – but not particularly telling – decision victory over late replacement Hyun Gyu Lim, it makes sense to rebook the initial matchup.

    While Saffiedine impressed in his octagon debut, he did it in a somewhat predictable fashion and was even the recipient of some post-fight criticism for his inability to force a stoppage over 25 minutes.

    Pushing any negativity to the side, though. The fact is Saffiedine is still an elite welterweight and is deserving of the top-10 fight he was originally given against Ellenberger.

    Tatsuya Kawajiri wants Jose Aldo fight after UFC Fight Night 34 win
    From the post-fight press conference:

    "I'm looking at this fight as just the beginning. I'm looking to go into the main land of America, and fighting in bigger pay-per-view shows. ... If it's possible I'd love to fight the champion Jose Aldo immediately, but I'm sure there's orders I have to follow. So I want to fight some top-ten fighters."
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    Are you kidding? he played up the injury so he can get the DQ win? the guy was out cold on a stretcher. Dutra should be fined and suspended.

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