Fresh off a big win over Eryk Anders at UFC on ESPN 8, Krzysztof Jotko was looking ahead — by looking back.
Jotko has long desired a rematch with former opponent Uriah Hall. The pair met in 2017, with Hall finishing the fight in the second round, via TKO. At the time, Jotko (22-4) was mired in the worst slump of his career. He’s on a very different trajectory now, with three straight wins.
Still, the Hall loss eats away at him. Speaking to Cageside Press at a virtual media scrum post-fight, Jotko explained why.
“Honestly, I go for this fight with broken hands and infections in both my knees — and I almost knocked [Uriah Hall] out,” he told us. “I dropped him three times in one round, and the second round he just touched me one time, he was just lucky and knocked me out. I can’t forgot about this. And I want to do this again when I’m one hundred percent healthy.”
One hundred percent is how Jotko felt in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday. His surgically repaired shoulder felt “perfect,” he told us.
His recent success, he revealed, is based off a number of factors. Both coaches and his private life play a role.
“I have every day, the best coaches in around me, the best sparring partners around me and now my life is better,” he said. “I love my wife. I feel very comfortable in my life, and that’s what I showed today. If I don’t have a problem in my private life, I’d be excellent in the octagon too. People only see us in the octagon, how we fight, but they never see what happens in the background, [in our] private lives. So that’s why we sometimes come to the fight [unsure].”
Watch the full UFC on ESPN 8 post-fight virtual media scrum with Krzysztof Jotko above!