Paris, France — Welterweight Ange Loosa picked up his second straight win inside the octagon at UFC Paris, against a returning Rhys McKee who just would not go away.
By the end of the fight, McKee had been battered and was showing obvious signs on damage on his face. Loosa (10-3) spoke to the toughness of his opponent following the fight, addressing a sequence in the second round where it felt as if a finish might have been possible.
“Yeah, I really thought I was going to finish him in the second. But Rhys is tough, very tough,” Loosa told Cageside Press and other media outlets. “I really thought I was going to finish him, but I wasn’t going to finish him so we went to the third, and it is what it is.”
At one point, McKee appeared to have Loosa himself hurt. “I don’t know exactly what happened, I think that was a head butt,” suggested Loosa on that front. “And yeah, he hurt me a little bit, but I was still in the fight, so I was able to see what was happening. Yeah he hurt me a little bit, but it’s okay.”
Come the scorecards, there was no apprehension on the part of Ange Loosa. “Oh I knew I won, 100%. I dominated the fight.”
The fight was Loosa’s first in just over a year, no doubt making the victory that much sweeter.
“That was a tough year for me,” the Swiss fighter stated. “I want to be back before the end of the year, so I really hope the UFC is going to give me something. I want to be active as much as possible.”
Asked what aspect of his game he was most proud of in the fight, Loosa explained that “I knew I was going to be able to bring the fight everywhere. So I was like testing my skills, seeing where I could bring the fight. I think I did that pretty well. I was winning in the striking, I was winning on the ground so I’m proud of everything about this fight.”
Watch the full UFC Paris post-fight press conference with Ange Loosa above.