Las Vegas, NV — Just as we all can be, fighters are often their own harshest critics, and for Josh Parisian, he is no different.
With his back firmly against the wall and his job on the line, fighting on the last fight of his initial contract, Parisian came up big and stopped Alan Baudot in the second round after getting dropped in round one.
In his UFC Vegas 57 media day interview on Wednesday, Parisian (15-5) said he hasn’t been happy with any of his performances, including his first UFC win against Roque Martinez. His mind didn’t really change after picking up a big win on Saturday.
“No, [I’m not proud of this win]. I keep getting hit, and I keep getting messed up,” Parisian told Cageside Press in his post-fight interview at the UFC Apex. “I just want to go out there and have a clean knockout and be like, ‘oh my God, that guy’s really good.’ I’m really proud that I’m mentally tough. And maybe it’s just the competitor in me. But I always want more for myself, I want to do more. I want to be better. And I think maybe even though it’s a disappointing way to be for myself, I think that will make me better in the long run.”
While Parisian isn’t proud of his performance, he does feel like he finally belongs in the UFC, although he knows he has to continue his finishing ways.
“I mean, I gotta finish in the UFC. I feel like getting to the UFC that’s not enough. It’s going out there, winning, and winning by finish. My first [UFC] win by finish just helps me feel secure that I belong here,” Parisian said.
The 32-year-old heavyweight is now 2-2 in the UFC and will most likely be getting a phone call with a new contract. He also picked up a Performance of the Night bonus for his latest win.
Watch the rest of Josh Parisian’s UFC Vegas 57 post-fight interview above. More coverage from the event can be found below.