The Arena Cage Floor
Jamie Addie of Denver's Fight to Win promotions
"It's more of a music venue. (The arena) required that they use a certain staging company to do the lighting and all that. We actually own all our own lighting – LED lights and all that, so they don't get too hot – but we had no choice. They used the good old-fashioned cam lighting, and it was a bit of overkill."
"It was gross, man. I've seen a thousand fights and many different situations, but I've never seen that in my life."
"It was unfortunate. But one thing I can say is that Justin Salas is a tough, tough kid. He didn't hesitate and didn't say a word about it. He kept fighting and came out with a victory over a UFC vet. I was really impressed. He's someone who could go a long way in this sport."
Grudge Training Center owner Trevor Wittman
"He never mentioned it. I could tell he was having problems with his footwork and he wasn't doing what I'd seen him do in the gym ... I was like, man, what's going on? But he never said a word during the fight. That kid's so tough, man."
Jason Salas, taking on UFC vet Rob Emerson
"I wanted to work my combos and move to the right, away from his power. I tried to get that angle there on the corner, on my right, but I was having a tough time because of my right foot, which is the foot I pivot off of. I noticed I wasn't able to pivot on it and a kind of panic set in. I was slipping and it just wasn't working, but I didn't know why at first."
"It wasn't like touching a burner hot, but it was uncomfortably hot. I think it softened up the calluses on my foot and blistered it a bit, and then it just ripped off down to the middle of my foot."
"I was just trying not to think about it. I was running on adrenaline, so it hurt a lot worse after, but at the time I was just trying to zone in on the fight."
"I knew my foot was hurting, but I was thinking that I didn't want to make any excuses or give any reason to quit. It's like, if I start telling my coaches that my foot's hurting then it's like a built-in excuse for myself, and I didn't want that. I just tried to stay in the zone and push through it. Even if your game plan is kind of messed up by it, you've got to find a way to win, because this was a big fight for me."
The Last Word
"It was kind of a bad deal, but in a roundabout way it probably got me more exposure than I would have otherwise. Between the pictures that they got of it and me getting the win, getting a unanimous decision and looking dominant, it was actually kind of a blessing."
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