Aaron Phillips and Matt Hobar squared off in a bantamweight match up at UFC Fight Night 49 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was a long and contentious fight, but Hobar seemed to be in control for the entirety of the affair, and won via a unanimous decision.
“The game plan going in was to keep backing him up against the fence and pressure him into the takedowns. I was looking to use my ground and pound for the TKO but he’s very tough so I started looking for submissions later in the fight. He was very squirrely on from his back and avoided positions very well. I had to watch out for all those upkicks he was throwing which kind of distracted me.”
Phillips wasn’t hanging his head on the defeat though.
“I gave it everything I had out there tonight and I came up short,” Phillips said. “I was trying to do everything it took to win and it didn’t go my way. I’ll train harder and be back better next time.”
It was Hobar’s first win in the UFC, and he is already looking forward to his next fight. If it were up to Hobar, he’d be on the card in November in Austin, Texas.
“I’m excited for whatever the UFC has next for me but I’d love to get on that Austin card if possible,” Hobar said. “That’s my hometown and it’s where I went to college so I’d love the chance to compete in front of family and friends.”
If Hobar were added to the Austin card, it’d be his third fight of 2014, all of which would’ve been within seven months.
Mike Dyce is on location in Tulsa for UFC Fight Night 49, follow him @mikedyce for all the action.