UFC 281’s Matt Frevola’s Favorite Fight is a Draw

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Matt Frevola and Luis Pena, UFC
TAMPA, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 12: (R-L) Matt Frevola punches Luis Pena of Italy in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Amalie Arena on October 12, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

When New York native Matt Frevola steps into the cage this weekend in Madison Square Garden, he’ll be doing so for just the second time in his career. Like any young boy from New York, Frevola always dreamed of performing in The Garden. However, his first trip didn’t go quite as planned. After a wild fight with gritty veteran Lando Vannata, Frevola wound up with a majority draw at UFC 230.

Despite the result, that fight continues to be his all-time favorite.

“That was my favorite fight that I’ve ever had – I love that fight,” Frevola said. “I might have not technically got the win, but it felt like a win.”

The feeling of victory didn’t necessarily come from the fact that he feels the cards could have favored him. Instead, it came from the feeling of the fight and what happened afterwards.

“The amount of support I got from everybody after that fight and how awesome of a fight it was,” he explained. “I went through some adversity in that first round, then came back and won that round. Then I went through some more adversity in the second round and was able to come back and win the third round – it was a great back and forth fight.”

And even though the result was not a check in the win column, he does feel like he’s never looked better in the cage.

“I think we put on an awesome show and an awesome fight for the fans at Madison Square Garden,” Frevola said. “And I think it was one of my best performances.”

Although he doesn’t feel like he has to ‘get that one back’, Frevola is looking forward to getting a hometown win this weekend at UFC 281. He’ll fight Ottman Aziatar as part of the ESPN+ prelims this Saturday.

You can hear the entire audio of this interview at 27:55. 

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