Walel Watson Says You Dont Have to Worry About Him Being a Point Fighter

Steven MuehlhausenContributor IIISeptember 21, 2012

Dec 10, 2011; Toronto, ON, Canada; UFC fighter Walel Watson (left) against fighter Yves Jabouin during a bantamweight bout at UFC 140 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

For Walel Watson, UFC 152 is a chance to right a wrong for the last time he was in Toronto.

Watson lost a very close split decision fight to Yves Jabouin at UFC 140 in December.

The bantamweight returns to the scene of the crime, as he will square off against Mitch Gagnon this Saturday night. The Watson vs Gagnon is on the preliminary portion of the card, which you can see on Facebook starting at 6:30 PM ET.

The man with the nickname "Gazelle" learned a valuable lesson against Jabouin.

You can't leave the fight in the judges' hands," Watson told Bleacher Report.

They will break your heart. It was my fault. I felt I was winning the fight on the judges' cards. I thought if I just stayed out of the way of his (Jabouin) slick punches since he posses a lot of power. That one time I hesitated in a fight and I paid for it.

Then Watson wanted to get that first taste of defeat in the octagon out of his mouth and accepted a fight with T.J. Dillashaw at UFC on Fuel TV 1 in February, in which he lost via unanimous decision.

After rewatching his fight with Dillashaw, in which he used his wrestling to control the fight, and watching fights this year, Watson sees a lot of fighters are just trying to get the win in a non-satisfying fashion.

Too many guys are playing it safe, Watson stated. With me, you don't have to worry about that. I'm always going to go for the kill no matter what the situation is during the fight. I'm always going to look for the finish and to always put on a show.

Some guys don't want to get punched in the face. Maybe some guys are only fighting for the money. For me, I'm a fighter. The UFC stands for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and to be the best fighter ever, not to be the best point striker or to be the best lay and pray fighter. I'm here to put on a show everytime I fight, even if it kills me."

In Gagnon, who has had only one of his ten fights go to a decision, Watson knows it will be an exciting fight on Saturday night.

"He's a warrior," Watson stated. "He's a fighter who will go for it and that's why I respect him."


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