Matt Frevola feels he needs to make a statement at UFC 270, where he will face undefeated contender Genaro Valdez. For the first time, Frevola (8-3-1, 2-3-1 UFC) finds himself on a one-on-one sled. Additionally, “The Steamrolla” was on the losing side of the fastest KO in the history of the 155-pound division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship after Terrance McKinney stopped him with punches in just seven seconds at UFC 263. While Frevola admitted to having been caught with a flashy combination that night, he also believes it was a perfect storm for his opponent.
“The stars were in his favor that night,” Frevola told Sherdog. “He timed two punches perfectly that caught me and knocked me down. Good for him, he seems like a good boy. It sucks that he had to make his name and KO me but he did it and I’m happy for him but we have to roll that back eventually. We didn’t really fight. He got me, he got me, but I definitely think if we fight again, which we’re going to do, it’s going to be different.
When asked about a rematch, Frevola replied that he needed it and would pursue it. The loss never suited him, and he also said he wasn’t quite out when referee Jason Herzog stopped the fight.
“I need that,” he said. “I need it back. I mean we didn’t even fight. It was [just that] one two [combination], he caught me. I’m not mad at [referee Jason] Duke for stopping the fight. I thought he might have, you know, if he hadn’t finished the fight then, I mean, I wasn’t quite out there. I sure got dropped but… I’m not mad at the interruption because I don’t want my family and friends to see me getting hit you know but I wasn’t unconscious and I probably would have survived and come back . We will see.”
Frevola also spoke about his long training camp for Valdez, his wedding and honeymoon, and more.
(00:47) His wedding and honeymoon in Italy
(02:45) Prepare for Valdez
(04:48) Adjustments after his recent consecutive losses
(06:22) His loss to McKinney
(08:14) Chasing a rematch
(09:17) Dealing with the fact that his fights are constantly being postponed
(10:26) His thoughts on Valdez
(11:35) Battle between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane
(12:37) His pick for Brandon Moreno – Deiveson Figueiredo
Tudor Leonte began writing about mixed martial arts for Italian media in 2013. His journey with Sherdog began in 2018 and he now covers One Championship and countless European shows. You can follow him on Twitter @Mr. Tudor Leonte.