Las Vegas, NV — Nicolas Dalby ended Daniel Rodriguez’s nine fight win streak at UFC 255 on Saturday. That effort wasn’t without its controversy, with the UFC’s own announce team questioning the result. But the record will show a unanimous decision win for Dalby in what amounted to a close fight.
“It felt like a fun fight,” Dalby said backstage at the UFC Apex following the event. “It went basically how I expected it to, but I think in my head, I imagined it to be more decisive. But I guess one judge had it 30-27, and the other ones 29-28. It was dominant enough, but I think there were some holes I just wasn’t able to exploit.”
Following the win, Dalby would like to get back to action “as soon as possible.” After all, he has his eye on rankings. “My goal is to get into the top 15, top 10. So I’m ready to take on basically whoever,” he stated.
Just days prior to the event, Dalby’s last opponent, Jesse Ronson, tested positive for a banned substance. The fight, originally a win for Ronson, was overturned to a No Contest. That’s actually the second No Contest in Dalby’s last four bouts. The other came when the cage surface was deemed unsafe during a Cage Warriors fight back in June 2019.
“I was made aware [of Ronson’s positive drug test] and you know, it’s always annoying when somebody test positive,” Dalby said. “Because it’s not just a sport, it’s a combat sport. So potentially you have someone’s well being and their short term and long term health in your hands. So cheating, especially in combat sports, I think is very very bad thing.”
That said, he checked his feelings at the door heading into UFC 255. “Whatever feelings I have regarding that fight, I put aside two or three months ago. So it didn’t really affect how I saw that fight,” he explained.
Watch the full UFC 255 post-fight press conference with Nicolas Dalby above.