Despite being dominated by Joe Lauzon en route to a first-round submission at Saturday’s UFC 118, former Ultimate Fighter 5 castmember Gabe Ruediger will get another shot in the UFC after taking the fight with Lauzon on short-notice:
“Well, I fought Joe Lauzon and lost,” Ruediger wrote on his official website. “I didnt just lose, I lost without even really getting to fight. Joe over whelmed me and I never was able to start, Congratulations to him. I felt fine going into the fight. My weight cut was the easiest ever and I had a great group to corner Joe came out hard and kept the pressure on me. After some of the shots he landed, I honestly have no idea what happened or what was going on. I know I was armbarred, but I dont know which arm or why I tapped, because my arm feels fine.
I took this fight with 2 weeks to prepare and I truly felt that I would be ready. Would it have been different with a full camp? Ill probably never know. I am very disappointed with my performance and have a LOT to work on when I get home.
I spoke with Joe Silva from the UFC and he told me I would have at least one more chance and next time I would have the proper time to prepare. For that I am happy, but I still cant believe how bad that fight was for me.”