Steven Peterson ’embraces’ bad guy role after UFC 263 win (Video)

Steven Peterson knows he’s the bad guy after earning a unanimous decision against fan-favorite Chase Hooper at UFC 263.

Steven Peterson became the villain even before entering the Octagon on Saturday night. Returning for UFC 263 after a two-year layoff, he missed weight and will have to surrender a percentage of his purse to his opponent, Chase Hooper.

Peterson rode his villainy, and Hooper, through all three rounds. Fans booed him throughout the fight and during his weigh-ins but Peterson remained unfazed.

“It’s not the first time I’ve been the bad guy,” Peterson said during his post-fight interview. “I don’t like that role, but, if they’re gonna boo me, then I got to embrace it. I’m not gonna fight that energy. I’m just going to take it in and use it to my advantage.”

Regardless of the performance, there were questions surrounding Peterson’s big weight miss and he addressed it head-on.

“As far as the weight cut, I don’t want to make any excuses. You know, it’s the first time I’ve missed weight for the record and it will never happen again.”

Peterson thinks highly of Hooper, but still intended to take what was his

“The kid, everybody loves chase Hooper, is young up and comer. He’s, you know, a hell of a talent, to be 21 years old, fighting on his level. I got nothing but good things to say about the kid,” Peterson continued.

“He’s a fan favorite and I’m coming here. I come in here to take everything that he’s been given. So, you know, I expected to have a tough crowd. But I feel like I deserve everything that he’s got. I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve been fighting that for 13 years. I’ve had ups and downs. I’ve, you know, never taken an easy fight. I’ve always fought everybody they put in front of me. So I feel like I deserve this and I’m here to take it now.”

With the win, Peterson now has a two-fight win streak.  He’s hoping to step into the octagon at least twice more before the end of 2021.

UFC 263 took place on Saturday, June 12, 2021, live from the Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. Follow along with FanSided who is on-site all week for all your live news and highlights.