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Joe Pyfer Reveals He ‘Was Disgusted’ With UFC Because of This Reason

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Joe Pyfer, a rising star in the UFC, recently faced a significant setback in his career. His loss to Jack Hermansson at UFC Vegas 86 left him not only physically battered but also mentally drained.

The Fight and Its Fallout

Joe Pyfer, known for his knockout power, stepped into the octagon to headline a UFC card for the first time. However, his clash with the seasoned grappling wizard Jack Hermansson didn’t go as planned. Despite starting strong, Pyfer found himself out-struck and out-grappled, resulting in a unanimous decision victory for Hermansson.

The MMA community can be unforgiving, especially after a loss. Pyfer faced severe backlash from fans who questioned his performance. Some even accused him of being a “fraud.” But what fans didn’t know was that Pyfer had been battling health issues from December 2023 to January 2024. He accepted the fight against Hermansson despite not being at his physical best, viewing it as a high-paying opportunity.

Joe Pyfer Mental Health Struggles

In an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, Pyfer opened up about the toll the backlash took on his mental health. He revealed that he didn’t train for two months after the fight. The disappointment, self-disgust, and hurt weighed heavily on him. Pyfer admitted that hate is an inevitable part of the sport, but it can come at a brutal cost to a fighter’s mental well-being.

A Learning Experience

Despite the pain, Pyfer considers the Hermansson fight a valuable learning experience. He now understands the importance of detaching from opinions that don’t matter. His subsequent dominant victory over Marc-Andre Barriault at UFC 303 showed that he could bounce back.

Joe Pyfer’s journey highlights the mental challenges fighters face beyond the physical battles in the cage. As fans, let’s remember that every fighter has their struggles, and empathy goes a long way in supporting their well-being.

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