“To be honest, I was like, ‘Man, this guy can take a beating,'” Klose said. “I hit him a lot and he was still there, but I’m glad Herb Dean stepped in and stopped him.”
Then Klose could exhale.
“After this loss (to Beneil Dariush in 2020) and all the injuries that were inflicted on me, I was under a lot of pressure,” he said. “So just by going out there and getting my feet wet again and getting that win, I was able to get that feeling again.”
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Today he has the opportunity to start all over again when he takes on Rafa Garcia on the UFC 277 card in Dallas. He was originally due to meet Diego Ferreira before the Brazilian pulled out due to injury, and while it’s not such a high profile match now, all Klose wants to do is fight, and he knows that Garcia shows up to do just that.
“I have two fights left on my contract, so I want to go out there and make a statement with this guy so I can have some renegotiating power,” the Michigan native said. “But Rafa is tough. He fought on the last map with me. He can take a beating, so I just have to go out there and be smart and apply my game plan to him. He likes to get hit, and that’s what I plan to do – hit him a lot more than he hits me.”