ABU DHABI – Darren Until says he suffered a severe damage early in his UFC on ESPN 14 battle with Robert Whittaker, however he’s not utilizing it as an excuse for defeat.

Until (18-3-1 MMA, 6-3-1 UFC) went 5 tactical rounds with Whittaker (21-5 MMA, 12-Three UFC) in Saturday’s primary occasion at Flash Discussion board on Yas Island, falling brief by one spherical on all scorecards in a unanimous choice. Though he was proper there for all 25 minutes, the Brit admitted post-fight that he needed to carry a knee damage, which is more likely to require surgical procedure, via a lot of the contest.

“I’m not that sort of man to make excuses,” Until informed reporters, together with MMA Junkie, post-fight. “I’ve to offer credit score to Rob. Within the second spherical he knee stomped me like I did to Stephen Thompson. They need to be unlawful. No. It simply blew my knee straight out – my knee simply (blew) underneath me, crashed. I couldn’t – that was it for the entire battle. I couldn’t do it the entire battle. I simply needed to battle. I hid the ache. I don’t suppose he acknowledged.

“I don’t need to sit right here and say, ‘My knee gone.’ No matter. Possibly simply stopped me bouncing a bit. It was an actual good battle. I really feel like I received it. I really feel like we each received it. We each received the battle. We each received. It was a clinically neat match. Going to get a little bit of surgical procedure now. I need to get again within the recreation. I’ll repair that, and there’s hundreds of thousands of fights on the market for me. I’m one of many high guys on this group, and I’m going to proceed to be.”

Regardless of the actual fact he was handicapped for a lot of the battle, Until mentioned he thought he has a case for successful. He felt his energy was more practical and led to some huge moments for him. It’s the primary time in Until’s profession that he’s misplaced by choice, together with his earlier defeats being a submission to Tyron Woodley and a knockout towards Jorge Masvidal.

The feelings had been completely different following this end result, Until mentioned, and he’s rather more at peace with the consequence.

“I’ve by no means felt like this after a loss,” Until mentioned. “I really feel OK. He was powerful. It was in all probability one of many hardest fights I’ve been in. It was simply so aggravating. It was such a chess match. Neither man needs to throw, and once they threw they had been seeking to knock out. I believe I caught him greater than he caught me with the facility, three or 4 instances, within the first spherical particularly. However I believe it was in all probability 2-2 going into the fifth, and perhaps the judges scored the takedown, however I used to be getting up each time. I don’t know the way it works. Shut battle. He’s a former champion. I’m up there. I’ve proven it, particularly hanging. … I’m OK, I’m OK.”

Until mentioned he’ll return to the drafting board after falling to 1-1 as a middleweight. He vowed to finally maintain the 185-pound belt and mentioned he’d undergo all comers to get there. If he has his selection, although, he would rematch Whittaker within the former champ’s dwelling nation.

“If Rob doesn’t get the title shot, I’d like to go to New Zealand and battle with him,” Until mentioned. “It’s as much as my coach, Colin, and my group and my household and my mates. Possibly I lacked just a few issues we labored on within the health club. It was disappointing. However I sit right here saying convincingly I’m going to be the champion. Both one may’ve been the man tonight.”