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LAS VEGAS – New UFC contract winner Matt Frevola has a very simple outlook on his fights.
“I hit him, and he fell,” Frevola told MMAjunkie Tuesday night. “That was the plan. When I hit people, they fall.”
The one who fell this time was Luke Flores (7-1), who suffered his first pro loss when Frevola (6-0) submitted him in the second round. Frevola knocked Flores down in the opening minute of the fight in the main event of Dana White’s Contender Series 8, then went on to force the tap with an arm-triangle choke. The fight took place at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
With the win, Frevola was one of two fighters on Tuesday night’s season finale of the show to get a UFC contract from President Dana White.
“I’m so happy right now,” Frevola said. “We came here to handle business. This is what we came here to do, and we did it. Now it’s right back to work.”
That work, Frevola said, will include perhaps finding a way to taper a propensity for coming out quickly and throwing everything but the proverbial kitchen sink early. Training with Ray Longo and former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in New York may help with that.
“I want to come out there a little bit more composed,” Frevola said. “As you can see, I come out there pretty hard. But every time I come in there, I’m going to grow and I’m going to improve. The next time, when I’m in the UFC, I’m going to be 10 times the fighter you saw there and I’m going to start my climb.”
For more from Frevola after his submission win over Flores, check out the video above.