"I think people always want a knockout, and so do I, but it's not always possible because of different factors...I like to finish fights, so there is no question in anyone's mind who won, so I'm a bit dissapointed, but you can't always finish everyone," stated Bellator bantamweight Alexis Vila, who talked about his recent win over Marcos Galvao, his next fight with Eduardo Dantas, and much more. Check it out!
PC: Congratulations on the win my man. It was a close fight. What did you think of your performance overall?
AV: Thank you. I think I could've fought better, but I think I won 2 1/2 rounds and did more damage to him. I won, so I'm happy, but would've liked the knockout.
PC: You told me when we spoke after your knockout over Joe Warren that Galvao was going to be a tough costumer. Did that fight go the way you expected it to go, a tough and grimey fight?
AV: Galvao is a tough guy; I think the most difficult opponent in the tournament. I expected this fight to be a tough one, especially since I was not feeling 100%.
PC: You showed a lot more patience in this fight as opposed to your fight against Warren, where you were the aggressor. Was that by design?
AV: Yeah, Galvao is a different type of fighter. You have to fight him different than you would Warren.
PC: When you score a spectacular knockout like you did against Warren, I think a lot of people hold their breath and wait for that moment again and when it didn't happen, that's why the boos came in. Would you agree with that?
AV: I think people always want a knockout, and so do I, but it's not always possible because of different factors.
PC: This was a very quick turnaround from your fight with Warren. You mentioned not being 100%. what were you dealing with?
AV: I was dealing with a flu, so my gas was not there, but I've never turned down a fight and I'm not about to start now.
PC: That was only your second time going the distance in your 11-fight career. How did it feel?
AV: I like to finish fights, so there is no question in anyone's mind who won, so I'm a bit dissapointed, but you can't always finish everyone.
PC: How long will you take off before you jump right back in the gym and prepare for Eduardo Dantas?
AV: I won't take any time off. I've trained my whole life. I love to train. It's what makes me happy.
PC: Dantas is another tough guy with some great submissions and he's out of the same camp as Galvao. How do you approach this fight and what do you think of Eduardo as a fighter?
AV: Eduardo is a tough fighter. I approach this fight the way I do all the others; train hard and come up with a game plan and execute it .
PC: With all of your accomplishments in wrestling, where would capturing the Bellator bantamweight championship rank amongst those accomplishments?
AV: It would rank very high. After I finished my wrestling career, I always wanted to be an MMA world champion as well and I finally get to go after another one of my dreams.
PC: King Mo always speaks very highly of you and it's fun watching your game evolve. Is there anything else you want to say in closing; anybody you want to thank?
AV: I would like to thank my family, friends, team members, coaches and God.