Bryce Mitchell says he was sick during his UFC 282 fight against Ilia Topuria which impacted his performance.
Mitchell and Toupria opened up the pay-per-view card in a highly-anticipated featherweight bout where the winner would likely get a big fight next time out. Although the odds were close, the fight was not as Toupria controlled the bout from start to finish, as he dropped Mitchell and ended up scoring a second-round submission.
Now, after the loss at UFC 282, Mitchell took to Twitter to release a video statement and revealed he was dealing with the flu when he fought on Saturday.
Thank y’all for the luv! pic.twitter.com/SCIJZSOK2I
— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) December 12, 2022
“I definitely got to let you know that definitely wasn’t me out there. I had the flu the week before, and I thought I’d just tough it out. I didn’t feel good at all in there. That wasn’t myself. I trained a lot harder and could’ve performed a lot better, but I went in there with stuff hurting, not up to 100 percent. Like I said, I had the flu,” Mitchell said in the video. “I wish I wouldn’t even took the fight, but I didn’t know it would mess me up that bad. I thought I would be able to hang in there for all three rounds, because that’s what I trained for. I trained for my cardio to be there the whole time. It wasn’t even there one bit of the time.”
Bryce Mitchell (15-1) suffered his first career loss to Toupria on Saturday which dropped him to 6-1 in the UFC. Prior to the loss to Topuria, he was coming off the biggest win of his career as he beat Edson Barboza by decision back in March. During his UFC run, Mitchell holds wins over Andre Fili, Charles Rosa, Matt Sayles, Bobby Moffett, and Tyler Diamond. He got into the UFC by competing on TUF 27.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime