Las Vegas, NV – Sometimes full camps result in short fights and for UFC flyweight Ode Osbourne that was certainly the case. Osbourne defeated Zarrukh Adashev via TKO at UFC Vegas 56 on Saturday.
“I just won in a minute so I’m on cloud 9. I feel really good. At the same time I’m complacent because I can’t let it get above me. In order to be a champion, like I’ve said before, I have to expect those to happen. I said to John ‘I can’t believe exactly what we worked on just worked just now in a minute.’ And he was like ‘I can.’ But that’s the thing I have to start believing it because I want to be a champion,” Osbourne told Cageside Press and reporters at his post-fight scrum.
“I have to obliterate everybody that comes in front of me in order to prove that I am championship material.”
When Osbourne said that what he couldn’t believe that what they worked on in camp actually happened in the fight. The game plan was set and perfect for the occasion.
“That. (The game plan was) Literally that. John and I have been working that move for 8 months damn near. We knew it wasn’t going to be a combo finish it was going to be either a catch him when comes in, pop shots, pop him with the 2 pop him with the counter hook. Pop him with the jab. It was going to be one of the other. I thought it was going to be a flying knee at one point,” Osbourne said.
“That’s the fight game. You don’t what it’s going to be. That’s why I try to keep my mind open on any possibilities of winning.”
Doing your homework and having it actually pay off is one of the sweeter parts of the game. Osbourne certainly felt that.
“Anybody can go in there and bite down on their mouth piece and fight. It’s hard to go in there and trust what you and your coach have been working on and just relax and let it come. That’s a part about being a champion. You have to trust that. That’s the process that not a lot of people do. Soon as they get out they’re like ‘AH’ forget everything I worked on. I’m just going to do what I do,” Osbourne said.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better finish.”
Jeff Molina fought earlier in the night and following his win Osbourne called him out for his next bout.
“I think Jeff Molina is a great stand up fighter and he’s an exciting fighter. I think I’m a decent enough stand up fighter. I think the fans would want to see it and I think it would be a great banger out there for everybody to watch. I couldn’t have asked for a better call out. He fought the exact night I did so we both have the exact same time to prepare,” Osbourne said.
“So let’s run it man. I’m down with that.”
Watch the full UFC Vegas 56 post-fight media scrum with Ode Osbourne above.