Coming off a loss to Devin Clark this past April in his UFC debut, light heavyweight Mike Rodriguez was looking to get matters back on course after he faced Adam Milstead in UFC on FOX 31 on December 1-5.
Just under the three-minute indicate, Rodriguez had been able to complete Milstead and pick up his fifth win in his last six months, and much more importantly pick up his first genuine UFC win.
“It had been terrific. It’s a great feeling (getting the win). (The struggle ) played out exactly the way I thought it would. ”
Rodriguez admits after the loss to Clark in April he made changes in his game in preparation for his bout with Milstead. And though some of the matters he worked did shine through in his triumph, Rodriguez feels he’s got much more to show at the coming year.
“The fighter I had been once I fought Devin was not exactly the exact same. I was not exactly the exact same. I didn’t think the exact same. I didn’t instruct exactly the identical way. I had to make a lot of changes.
“A few matters showed at the fight. My conditioning was really good. I had been ready for a 3 round war. Mostly one other items will arrive in different fights. ”
Together with his first UFC triumph in tow, Rodriguez wants to select up his activity level and prove himself as someone to see at 20-19 at the light heavyweight division.
“I want to be much more busy,” Rodriguez stated. “I’d love to enter at least three fights. Two in 2013 isn’damn bad, but I felt like I might have achieved yet another this past year. I would like to do another year.
“I’m still trying to determine myself at the promotion. I’m awaiting to see the things they bring me. I believe like that I ’m not able to call out anyone. I’m not anything or rated, so that I ’m only hoping to get in to the ranks. ”