(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)
Tyson Pedro had his undefeated run ended by Ilir Latifi last September. But as the light-heavyweight gets set to fight another top contender in Ovince Saint Preux, the Australian’s saying all the right things about his first and only loss.
Pedro went 6-0 to begin his pro-MMA career, and that included stoppage wins over Khalil Rountree and Paul Craig after joining the UFC in 2016. As a result, Pedro was booked to take on the aforementioned, 205 contender Latifi last fall, but he lost the bout via decision.
Well, in February, Pedro got back on track by submitting Saparbek Safarov in the opening round. Now, he’s set to fight another top ten contender in OSP, as the two will throw hands at UFC Fight Night 132 this Saturday in Singapore. Recently UFC.com ran a story about Pedro, and it included this comment from the 26 year-old, while discussing his loss to Latifi.
“It didn’t bother me at all. I win the same way that I lose. I’ve always learned that from when I was a kid, from my dad with martial arts. Humble in victory and defeat, it was just a learning experience,” said Pedro. “That’s what fighting is. I was all smiles, and as soon as I got out all I wanted to do was get back in the gym and train and learn from what I messed up.”
Sure, some folks will jump all over this with a ‘you shouldn’t be fine with losing bro’. But, Pedro’s right. That is what fighting is. Sooner or later for 99% of fighters, that 0 is erased in MMA. What’s important is how you deal with that loss, and whether you take steps to improve. It sounds like that’s what Pedro is doing.
Case in point, Pedro has been spending time at the renowned Jackson-Wink MMA and Donald Cerrone’s BMF Ranch in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That’s a long ways away from down under in Australia.
“…The reason I went with Jackson’s is because they’re such a smart camp. They spar five times a week but it’s all controlled and it’s never with the intent to maim your training partners. Everything is a learning experience and they’ve done very well in how they teach and train at their camp.”
It’s going to be fascinating to see whether Pedro can get by OSP, who is ridiculously dangerous and unorthodox. The contender is coming off a first round, submission loss to the aforementioned Latifi, which snapped OSP’s three fight winning streak.