We’ve heard from the winners, but what about the losers at last night’s Strikeforce Houston event?
Despite losing for the first time in his career, King Mo remained confident in his abilities.
“I just got to make a few adjustments,” the former champion said after losing the light-heavyweight belt. “He fought a hell of a fight, but I’m not worried. I’ll come back stronger.”
He later posted on his twitter account, “Hey. I lost, but Ima be back. love my people that stood by me.”
Tim Kennedy was understandably disappointed after going five competitive rounds with Jacare Souza and coming away empty-handed.
“I was really frustrated with the end result,” Kennedy said. “Jacare is an amazing contender and now a champion. I was humbled that I was able to go five rounds with him, but I think it goes without saying that I’d like another five rounds with that guy. It’s going to be different.”
“We’re talking about the most decorated grappler in the planet. I expected him to want to grapple. He countered with me the whole time and I was surprised. I should have put more pressure on him. The only time anyone got dropped in the fight was when I dropped him, but he’s got the belt.”
If anyone had a right to feel hard done by on the night it was Jorge Gurgel who was twice the victim of illegal blows from his opponent KJ Noons, but he remained dignified in defeat.
“I have no excuses whatsoever,” told the media at the post-fight press conference. “I take nothing away from [K.J.]. He was the better man tonight. He deserved the victory.”
“I apparently got hit a couple times when the round was up, but it was definitely not K.J.’s fault. It’s usually the referee’s fault. He has to stop it.”
“K.J. absolutely is not to blame for it, but I was on queer street. I didn’t know where my corner man was. That’s the first time that’s ever happened. That definitely made a little bit of difference in the second round.”
The only defeated fighter on the main card that has so far not spoken to the media is Bobby Lashley who came undone against the unheralded Chad Griggs. Lashley was taken to hospital immediately after the fight, and was treated for severe dehydration, but was later released and returned to his hotel.