Mike Malott details ups and downs of the mental game at UFC Fight Night 220
LAS VEGAS – Mike Malott beat Yohan Lainesse with a first-round submission Saturday to open up the main card at UFC Fight Night 220 in Las Vegas.
Take a look inside the fight with Malott, who stayed unbeaten with a win against a fellow Canadian.
Yohan Lainesse vs. Mike Malott
Result: Mike Malott def. Yohan Lainesse via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:15
Updated records: Malott (9-1-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Lainesse (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Key stat: All nine of Malott’s wins have been finishes – and all have come in the first round.
Malott on the fight's key moment
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 25: (R-L) Mike Malott battles Yohan Lainesse of Canada in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 25, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
“I felt calm, I felt sharp. This is the loosest I’ve ever felt in there, the most relaxed I’ve ever felt, the most it’s ever felt like playing to me.”
Malott on the mental ups and downs
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 25: (R-L) Yohan Lainesse of Canada kicks Mike Malott in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 25, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
“This sport’s such a f*cking roller coaster. I felt bulletproof all week, and then there was just like a few hours this morning when it just f*cking sucks. ‘Dude, why do I do this?’ And then an hour later, it’s like, ‘I don’t think anyone in the world can beat me.’ It’s just back and forth. It’s like a f*cking annoying roommate in your head, just swinging all over the place. Can I just have some consistency in my head?”
Malott on what he wants next
“I don’t care where it is in Canada – it can be in Moosejaw. We can go anywhere. We can to Toronto, Halifax, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Edmonton – I don’t care. I want to fight at home. I want to see Canadian flags in the crowd while I’m walking around post-win. That’s what I want. That’s a dream come true for me.”
To hear more from Malott, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.
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