Philippou: Fighting is not my life


Most fighters are in the UFC to become a world champion. Costas Phillipou is in the UFC to make money and because he's good at it:

Based out of Long Island, N.Y., Philippou says he won’t lose a minute of sleep if he someday ends his career having never fought for a world title. He understands it’s a weird stance to have as a martial artist, but that’s just the way it is. 

"I don't care about the fame or being called a champion. It's just a means to an end right now. Get a little money to move on to the next step of my life. Fighting is not my life. It's something I'm good at and it's what I do right now.

“I don’t care about the fame or being called a champion. It’s just a means to an end right now. Get a little money to move on to the next step of my life. Fighting is not my life. It’s something I’m good at and it’s what I do right now.” 

That doesn’t mean, Philippou says, he lacks motivation to improve. Since his last fight, a unanimous decision loss to Francis Carmont at UFC 165, Philippou has worked especially hard on defensive grappling. 

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TapanoriGomi site profile image  

1/15/14 6:16 PM by TapanoriGomi

I believe Fedor had the same stance. So what? He's good enough to be headlining a UFC card; probably has put more passion and hard work into his job than any of you naysayers have, or ever will in the entirety of your forum dwelling existence.

esque site profile image  

1/15/14 5:51 PM by esque

Benson Henderson said something along the same lines after fighting Gil. Not saying that it affected his next fight, but he did lose his belt.

camozzi site profile image  

1/15/14 5:41 PM by camozzi

Wow that's crazy. I always tell people, fighting isn't something you can half ass or kind of "like".The highs and lows of this sport are so polar that it wouldn't be worth it if you don't love it.

BlueNamer site profile image  

1/15/14 5:37 PM by BlueNamer

man fuck this guy, being honest in the way he feels about his career.FEED ME SOME SHIT PHILIPPOU, YOU MORON!

Eric Bloodaxe site profile image  

1/15/14 5:02 PM by Eric Bloodaxe

It's refreshing to hear someone just say what they think instead of spewing out the clichés fans some fans wanna hear. "I'd die in there, man" speeches are cringeworthy..

chaplinshouse site profile image  

1/15/14 4:53 PM by chaplinshouse

Not trying to be a dick but... given your stance, why'd you quit after one fight?

Bootsy Collins site profile image  

1/15/14 4:04 AM by Bootsy Collins

Seriously. This thread is a fucking joke'How dare this guy not want to die when I pay $60 on occasion to watch him from my couch!!'

Eric Bloodaxe site profile image  

1/15/14 3:21 AM by Eric Bloodaxe

What an attitude that 34 yo has! "Next step in life" ...pffft. Luckily fat McDonalds-employees on the internet will promptly put him straight.

shb site profile image  

1/15/14 3:14 AM by shb

breath of fresh air to hear that, although i'm not sure how much further he can go if he's not as obsessed as these other guys. frankly i think the win over boetsch is pretty much as good as it's gonna get

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

1/15/14 3:12 AM by ChaosOverkill

I heard my banker doesn't consider banking his whole life ooooh did that make me mad!


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