William Gomis was ‘ready to die’ rather than tap out vs. Jarno Errens at UFC Fight Night 209

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PARIS – William Gomis wasn’t about quit in front of his hometown fans at UFC Fight Night 209.

Gomis (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) defeated Jarno Errens by majority decision this past Saturday at Accor Arena, where he was caught in a deep triangle-choke with just a minute left in the fight. But the MMA Factory Paris fighter managed to muster the energy to pop his head out and survive Errens’ last-ditch effort.

“In my mind, I can’t say stop,” Gomis told reporters, including MMA Junkie. “I’m ready to die. I’m in Paris. My public is here. I’m ready to die. I just need to wait one minute and win this fight.”

Gomis predicted an easy knockout in his pre-fight interview, but during the contest he saw wrestling as a path to victory.

“I felt good. My opponent is a good striker. It’s very hard to be better than him in striking, and I see that I can be a better wrestler,” Gomis said.

He continued, “I feel the pressure, because I see a lot of media, a lot of people sent me messages. Yeah, pressure, but I’m someone who’s very cool. For me, it’s easy to calm down.”

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