Las Vegas, NV – Sees like every time we see UFC bantamweight Davey Grant in the octagon it’s as part of a war on the main card. Grant delivered once again when he defeated Louis Smolka via knockout at UFC Vegas 54 on Saturday night.
“I really enjoy being in exciting fights. Felt like I got to show some good skills, and hats off to Louis, he brought it. And just really, really happy to go and get the finish,” Grant told reporters in his post-fight scrum.
“One of my sayings is, ‘I expect a war, and then anything less is just a bonus’. So I’m always expecting a war, but I’m always trying to knock them out early. You don’t get paid for overtime. I just want to try and get quick finishes. I’m not here to try and get fight of the night. I want performance of the night, I want quick knockouts, but I’ll take whatever I can get.”
Grant came out of the gate as he normally does putting a lot of power into his strikes and trying to leave dents in his opponents. Smolka seemed to take all Grant had to offer in the first round, and came out in the second looking like the fresher fighter. Grant looked fresher in the third round, and was able to finish the bout.
“I thought he come on strong in the second round. First round I felt so comfortable out there I just couldn’t miss. Second round he hit me with some good shots, I didn’t feel really hurt off anything, but it was a tricky round. He caught a kick, took my back, threatened with an arm bar,” Grant said.
“Second round I was in a few sticky situations, but coming out in the third I just felt so fresh. My conditioning really came through.”
Grant mentioned working with the Syndicate MMA team helped quite a bit in the fight.
UFC London is coming up later this year, and Grant left the door open to get on that card.
“I’m gonna get back, talk to the wife, you know. I mean London is coming up. I’m going to talk to my manager, talk to Sean Shelby, we’ll just see what’s happening. It’s always good to go fight in London. It’s the capital, and it’s been a long time since I fought there,” Grant said.
“I’m happy to fight anyone, anywhere, honestly. Don’t even have to tell me who, just tell me where, and I’ll turn up.”
Watch Davey Grant’s full UFC Vegas 54 post-fight media scrum above. More coverage from the event can be found below.