Jason Brilz Will Return to the Octagon a Better Fighter

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Jason Brilz via MMA Weekly:

My whole game plan was to go out and perform. I had a chance to finish the fight and I didn’t, so it is what it is. I’m not too worried about it. If you leave it up to the judges, that’s what happens. I’m just going to have to start finishing fights, I guess. They said I’ll be back. Joe Silva said before the fight, ‘You’re doing me a favor here, thanks very much and no matter what happens you’ll be back.’ I’m just going to continue to do my thing. It’s been working pretty good for me. I think with every fight I’ve had in the UFC, I’ve gotten better. I’m not the best guy at any one discipline, even at my gym, so I’m constantly learning and picking up new things. I’ll be back bigger, stronger, faster next time and more technical. I’ve got the guys who know how to do it, they won’t let me slack and it will be fun.

Brilz certainly deserves to return given that many fans feel that he deserved the win against the #7 light heavyweight in the world in Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. I scored the bout 29-28 for Brilz but given the close first round it is entirely possible to see how two judges saw fit to give the fight to Nogueira.

Brilz does appear to need work on his shot as he was reaching and slow against Nogueira, but Rogerio was willing to go to the ground so he wasn't putting up much resistance.  Against a better striker who can sprawl and keep the fight standing he will likely have a fair amount of trouble.

The most interesting thing to me at this point is seeing what Joe Silva does with Jason for his next fight.  Does he go back down to the lower end of the division or does the UFC see him as a guy they can use against top level guys?

HT: MMA Mania

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