It used to be that at UFC after parties Wallid Ismael would mistake a Heineken bottle for a frisbee, and start up a game with Tank Abbott's crew.
MMAJunkie's Ben Fowlkes details how things were radically different for Tim Kennedy following an uninspired win over Roger Gracie.
At LAX nightclub inside Luxor casino, Tim Kennedy looked like he could use a deep breath or two. The middleweight fighter and special forces soldier who had just won his first UFC bout was wearing a striped sportcoat over a T-shirt, holding a cranberry juice in one hand and keeping his other free to shake hands with strangers who would inevitably want him to pose for a picture. He did not look like a man who was enjoying himself, but he did look like a man who was polite enough to pretend that he was.
"I'm smiling on the outside, but I'm going crazy on the inside," he told me.
Kennedy stayed at the party just long enough to shake all the hands and take all the photos, then slipped out discreetly, down the dark staircase, and out the door where a line of people waited to get in.
He exited the club and went literally next door to a pub that seemed deathly quiet by comparison. All he wanted was somewhere to sit down and have a Diet Coke, he explained.
"I fought exceptionally conservatively," Kennedy said. "For me, tonight I fought well enough to control the vast majority of every exchange, but when I got his back and I started hurting him, instead of going full throttle and pouring it on I was looking to secure a hook and stay in the position instead of just going for it, like Chris Weidman did tonight. That's going for it."
"I'll be agitated and irritated for a couple days, and then that frustration will go through a metamorphosis and become a healthy focus. I'm mad now. I'm frustrated now. But by Tuesday I'll be like, 'OK, this is what I need to do to make sure I don't feel like this again.'"
"I don't even know if I'm going to do that bear hunt now. I mean, do I want a bear, or a big UFC win?
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