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Costa Philippou looking to make it 5 wins in a row at UFC 154
Philippou (11-2-(1)) has been an unlikely success inside the Octagon following a loss in the qualifying round of TUF 11 where he didn’t make the house. However the Serra-Longo disciple took a last minute fight against Nick Catone at UFC 128 to get his big chance. Despite losing that fight (at 195 pounds), Costa has been extremely successful at Middleweight since running off 4 straight wins including a win over the winner of the aforementioned TUF 11, Court Mcgee.
Exclusively speaking to MMA Opinion Radio live last week, Philippou had this to say on how he matches up against Nick Ring:
‘ I’m not the kind of fighter that follows a specific game plan, everyone has a game plan until they get punched in the face. I just make sure I turn up healthy and in shape, it is up to my opponent where the fight goes and then I go from there. It doesn’t matter where the fight goes – on the ground or standing.’
Philippou who isn’t looking past Ring ( ) , had to come through some adversity in his last fight after taking a horrible eye poke from the tough Riki Fukuda at UFC 148.
‘It was the worst experience of my life and I have been fighting most of my life, I have had broken ribs, broken bones bu I have never felt pain like that. My whole body went numb. The UFC were great treating and looking after me following the show and I have no damage thankfully from it. I can’t blame my opponent, I don’t know if it was an accident or not, if it wasn’t – unlucky he still didn’t do enough to get the win. Thankfully there was no permanent damage.’
Philippou is another guy coming from the Matt Serra and Ray Longo gym along with fellow Middleweight contender Chris Weidman.
‘After Hurricane Sandy, the gym had no power for 6 days but Ray Longo despite having no power at the gym or his house still had me at the gym helping me train. Matt Serra too. Just me and my coaches and team mates including Al (Iaquinta) and I am proud to be part of this team for that. We are a family. Chris Weidman lost part of his home yet he was still training with me yesterday helping me work on my wrestling.’
** Listen to Costa Philippou on MMA OpinioN Radio last week below. (he is on around 5 minutes in)