Bantamweight Scott Jorgensen is 1-0 since joining the UFC but it’s his final appearance under World Extreme Cagefighting‘s banner still lingering in his mind.
A winner of five straight entering the bout, a championship clash with Dominick Cruz, Jorgensen felt supremely confident to the point of complacency in the affair and ultimately paid the price for it with a decision defeat. A wrestler his entire life, the 29-year old had gotten away from his roots and left things on cruise control rather than putting the pedal to the metal.
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The 12-4 Jorgensen learned his lesson and is ready to deploy his recalibrated attack this weekend against returning veteran Jeff Curran (33-13-1), a subject he recently spoke about, saying in a conversation with the UFC’s website, “If you want to be successful, you work for it. You want to win, you work for it. For some reason, through the security of a training camp that went fantastically great, which never happens for me, I honestly felt like nothing could go wrong for me that day. I had the fight, it didn’t matter what I did, I’d catch him. I honestly felt like I was gonna knock him out, and with a guy like Dominick I should have known better. I should have pulled my head out of my butt and thought back to all those days in wrestling when I thought ‘oh, I’ll go out there and walk through this guy,’ and it didn’t happen. I made the mistake of counting on one thing, and Dominick’s a guy you can’t count on luck with. You gotta put the work in, and the hardest part about that was I was embarrassed about my performance because it didn’t look great, it wasn’t a good performance, and it wasn’t a close fight.”
Come UFC 137, Jorgensen is ready to lace his boots up and get back to his foundation.
“I learned with the coaches and training partners that I’ve had that there was only one way to get better, and that was by outworking your opponent. And whether that comes by way of knockout or submission or a decision, you’ve got to outwork them.”
“I’m gonna put my nose to the grindstone and do what I gotta do,” Jorgensen continued. “I did it before in the WEC to get to that shot with Cruz. I’ll do it again, I’m comfortable with it, and I one hundred percent know that I’m one of the best in the world. So it doesn’t matter who you put in front of me, I’m gonna knock ‘em down, beat ‘em up, and keep moving closer to that title, whether it’s three fights or five fights. And the more fights that I get, the better I become. I learn every single fight and I figure out a little bit more between the fights, and that just builds my game and builds my confidence and makes it that much harder to stop me.”
The bantamweights’ bout can be seen as part of the UFC 137 main card starting at 9:00 PM EST on PPV. Other match-ups scheduled for the event include Matt Mitrione mixing it up with Cheick Kongo as well as a headlining clash between former champions BJ Penn and Nick Diaz.
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