Last week at UFC Fight Night 161 which took place at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida in a lightweight bout Mike Davis delivered a brutal beating on Thomas Gifford and knocked him out in the third round.
The fight wasn’t competitive in any way and by the end of the first round, it was clear that Gifford in a way was going to give Mike Davis any type of competition. Both referee and his corner took significant heat from fans for letting the fight go too far.
Mike Davis killed a man on 5 days notice.#UFCTampa
— WhatsUpMMA (@WhatsUp_MMA) October 12, 2019
After the fight, Gifford took the social media to give the fans an update about his conditions and said that he didn’t suffer any type of serious injuries.
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Gotta give it to Mike. Dude hits hard. This was me when I got to the hospital last night. I got rocked the first round and just couldn’t recover, I’m sorry to everyone I let down. I’m better than this. I was prepared to fight Brok Weaver, but when that fight fell through last minute, I just wanted to fight, so I accepted this fight. I’m a fighter. It’s in my blood. I was hungry to get in there. Y’all need to go listen to the song called “Hard Love” by @needtobreathe. It’s motivating and encouraging. No matter how down you get, just tell yourself…”down but not out.” What a great song. Jesus is so good y’all. I walked out of that cage with no injuries at all after all the punishment I took. Anyone have good remedies for a speedy recovery? . . “Trading punches with the heart of darkness. Going to blows with your fear incarnate. Never gone until it's stripped away. A part of you has gotta die today. In the morning you gon' need an answer. Ain't nobody gonna change the standard. It's not enough to just feel the flame, you've gotta burn your old self away. Hold on tight a little longer. What don't kill ya, makes ya stronger. Get back up, 'cause it's a hard love. You can't change without a fallout. It's gon' hurt, but don't you slow down. Get back up, 'cause it's a hard love. You know the situation can't be right, when all you ever do is fight. But there's a reason that the road is long. It takes some time to make your courage strong.” . . #ufc #ufctampa #theyounglion #heartofalion #neverquit
Here’s what Thomas Gifford told in a recent interview with TMZ.
“I really don’t care what they say. They ain’t been training with me, they ain’t been through my life. They don’t know what goes through my mind. They don’t know how I’ve been raised,” Gifford said. “I’ve been there before. I’ve been almost dead in the second round and I’ve come back in the third and just impressed everybody, and they was like ‘Whoa, there was no way that guy came back.’ That’s my life story. That’s always happened. My coaches know that. (Marc Montoya’s) seen me do it in the cage. He’s seen me do it in sparring rounds against Devonte Smith. It’s alright. I’m good, everybody knows it. My scans came back fine. I have no broken bones, I’m walking around. I may be bruised up and I look horrible, but that will all turn out. That will heal and that will all come right back to where I was before the fight even began.”
After his loss, many fans suggested that Gifford should retire from the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, to which he said that he would not retire from the sport and follow the likes of Rafael Dos Anjos, Yoel Romero etc.
“No, (retiring) never crossed my mind. It never will until I’m 40-years-old. I want another 13 to 15 years in this sport. I want to the next Yoel Romero. I want to be the old man kicking everybody’s butt and showing everybody what’s up,” Gifford said. “Everybody starts off rocky. I think it was Rafael dos Anjos, he lost his first two fights and he became a champion. I mean sure he lost it but he can come back. I mean he’s not that old, he can still do it and so can I.”
“I’ve watched the video of the fight a million times. I don’t care. I went out on my shield. I done exactly what I said I was going to do. I may have been rocked at the beginning of the fight, but I’ve fought through adversity millions of times. This time I didn’t make it. They can doubt me all they want, but next time it will be different,” Thomas Gifford said.