Matt Hallam has vowed to come back stronger following his first cage fighting defeat.
The 34-year-old pro suffered a second round TKO against Yannick Bahati on Saturday... with the Birmingham-based fighter claiming the vacant Fight UK Middleweight title at Leicester Athena on Saturday.
The ref stopped the contest in the second round after Bahati pre-empted a kick from Hallam, grounded him and cut the Bostonian’s head open with a series of elbow blows.
“It was a fantastic fight, but it didn’t go my way,” said Hallam, who sportingly admitted the ref was within his rights to call time.
“I’ve definitely learned a lot. I made some mistakes and they cost me, but they won’t happen again.
“I was on top after the first round with my superior standing fighting. But he was better on the ground.”
Despite losing, Hallam prides himself on being an entertainer in the cage.
And he believes that will help him fulfil his ambition of fighting under the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts banner.
“It’s not like boxing, when they forget fighters if they lose,” added Hallam, pictured training at Evolution Martial Arts recently.
“If you’re an entertaining figfhter the fans still want to see you.
“I’m still learning but if I get to fight him (Bahati) again, maybe six or eight fights down the line, I’ll make sure it’s a different outcome.”
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