Coming in to this fight, Michinori Tanaka had the reputation for being one of the brightest prospects that has come from Japan for quite some time now. He took on Roland Delorme at UFC 174, and the talented prospect delivered on his potential, taking an impressive decision victory over the larger and more experienced opponent.
MMA Fighting has footage from the post fight media scrum, where the Japanese star spoke about his first UFC win, and vowed to be faster and even more aggressive on his next fight. He also addressed various topics including his time as PXC champion helping him gain the proper experience prior to joining the UFC, constantly evolving as a fighter, and picking up some quality training from Team Alpha Male.
Also among the interesting points he tacked was about not being in a rush to face top contenders right off the bat. Tanaka says the belt is always going to be the goal, but the 23-year-old prospect also understands he has a lot of time to properly develop.
"I don't feel rushed to fight the top contenders, and I don't mind taking three years to get to the top."
After all, Tanaka knows that getting to the top of the division is a marathon, not a sprint. His first step in that direction was a successful one, and now he's bound to turn some heads as he looks for the next one.